A Brief History of the National Cambridge Collectors

National Cambridge Collectors, Inc. (NCC), is an Ohio non-profit corporation which was founded by a dedicated group of collectors in 1973.  From the beginning, the mission of the organization was to establish and maintain a permanent museum in Cambridge, Ohio. A facility to be dedicated to the display, study and preservation of Cambridge Glass.

 

During the early years of the organization, members worked diligently to promote membership, consolidate and increase knowledge of Cambridge Glass, and collect Cambridge Glass Co. glass, archival documents and artifacts. At the same time, they began raising funds for a museum.

 

Commitment of the membership resulted in the June 25, 1982 dedication of the first Museum of Cambridge Glass.

 

The NCC didn’t stop there. Informative books on Cambridge Glass were published. The newsletter “The Crystal Ball” continued to be issued with member input of educational articles. The annual Spring All Cambridge Auction, Summer Convention, Show and Sale, and Fall Members Meeting offered many opportunities for the study of Cambridge Glass and interaction with other interested collectors. Membership continued to grow.

 

In June, 1998, NCC experienced a set-back when the Museum of Cambridge Glass flooded. The Museum was inundated with 5 ½ feet of water. Amazingly little glass was lost but the structure and fixtures were significantly damaged. This was a set-back and also an opportunity.

 

The organization evaluated the options and determined a larger facility was needed. Again, members went to work. Salvage efforts started.  A new location was found situated in the heart of downtown Cambridge. Fundraising began. The conversion of an electric company office building to a museum was underway.

 

On April 3, 2002, almost exactly 100 years after the production of the first piece of Cambridge glass, the new National Museum of Cambridge Glass opened its doors.

 

Since that day, the NCC has continued to flourish. In 2018, a new NCC sponsored event began with the Northeast Ohio Show, a full line glass, china and pottery event.

“Supported by a grant from the Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau”