Nancy SmithPeter Thomas
Central Region

President of EAPGS

In 2010 I retired after twenty years of working in the former Soviet Union. We were proud to have supplied the majority of jet fuel to NATO, French and the U.S. armed forces in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Central Asia.

My first interest in pattern glass was aroused by a small, forty piece, collection of X.L.C.R. (aka Kings Crown, Ruby Thumbprint) that my favorite aunt had in her living room. I was apparently just drawn to the deep ruby color. Of course, being introduced to the patterns in Bill Heacock's Book 7 ignited my desire to have examples of all ruby stained patterns.

Along the way I discovered amber staining and other decorations and so collected those as well. Eventually I had a little over 11,000 pieces and decided I needed to start a true museum in order for the collection to last past my lifetime and be able to be enjoyed by the general public. Hence, I founded the Minnesota Museum of American Pattern Glass to house my collection. It is free to the public and has a website at

I continue to be very interested in making our Society a venue for new collectors and the public to enjoy the pleasures of having and preserving pattern glass.

Peter may be contacted at Peter Thomas

Term expires in April of 2020.

Linda Eppelheimer
Central Region
Vice-President of EAPGS

I became interested in pattern glass after receiving a small dish in the Minnesota pattern from my brother-in-law, David. He and his friend, Nancy Smith, encouraged me to learn more about antiques and EAPG. I looked through his reference books, intrigued with the pattern names, designs and history of the glass.

I started collecting in the late 1990's when my work took me to schools all over the US and Canada. At the end of the day I had time to visit the local antique shop and find the treasures. My suitcase usually came home with a piece or two of pattern glass in it. I joined the Society in 2001 and attended the show in Harrisburg and the annual meeting. The next year I volunteered to help with the computerization of the membership list and maintain the membership records by doing the data input for all new members. Since then, I have given several presentations at regional and national meetings and written a couple of articles for the NewsJournal.I also completed a profile on the U.S. Glass Co. pattern Minnesota.

I currently serve as the Membership Database Administrator.
Linda may be contacted at Linda Eppelheimer

Term expires in April of 2020.

Nancy SmithNancy Miller
Eastern Region


I live in New Jersey and my husband Ken and I started to collect antiques very early in our marriage. When we bought a National Historic Landmark Victorian house in 1993, I started going to auctions to furnish our home. At one of those early auctions there was a lot of several pieces of a pretty blue glass. When I got it home and researched it, I found out it was the EAPG Wildflower pattern. A few years later I bought several lots of Bellflower which I wanted to collect too and it included compotes. Compotes quickly became my favorite form of EAPG.

I was in nursing for 25 years, the last several years as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Ken and I had often talked about starting an antique business, so when I left nursing I started our antique business in 1999. Although I primarily sell glass of all ages, at the antique center, I also sell most types of antiques. I enjoy the face-to-face aspect of selling at shows and at the antique center. I like to think of antique dealers as the ultimate recyclers.

I have been a member of the Society for many years. I think the EAPG Facebook page is a great recent addition. It is wonderful to see so many new collectors learning and loving their glass. I want to help the Society to continue their mission and nurture new members. I am honored to serve as a Trustee for the Society.

Nancy may be contacted at Nancy Miller

Term expires in April of 2020.

Cathy Gunderson
Central Region

About 30 years ago, my husband and I started looking for clear pieces in the Wild Flower pattern as Christmas presents for our Grandparents. Then we discovered it came in colors and started collecting for ourselves. We moved on to Thousand Eye, Frosted Dolphin, and Iowa City Glass. As I learn about a new pattern that had caught my eye, my collection soon included that pattern also. Now I collect all kinds of kinds of patterns: children's pieces, pieces with animals, interesting patterns, and fun finials.

When I hold a piece of EAPG, I can only imagine the workmanship and pride the maker had when he made that piece. EAPG has such interesting character, something that today's glass lacks. We've always been in to antiques, so getting display cabinets for the glass has added to our enjoyment of collecting. I also have Fostoria and Heisey, so you could say I'm a glass nut.

I was first elected to the EAPGS Board in 2010. I served as Vice President under Linda Yoder for 3 years. Before the end of my 6 years (2 terms) on the board, I assumed temporarily the duties of Treasurer who was leaving the board. I was appointed the assistant treasurer for the last 3 years because the treasurer had to be on the board and I had just finished 2 terms, which is the consecutive limit. I am now completing the term of a board member that resigned and again assuming the position of treasurer.

I really do love EAPG and feel that our Society is doing a lot to promote and preserve the importance of this glass in our country's history. I am glad to be a part of this organization.

Cathy may be contacted at Cathy Gunderson

Term expires in April of 2022.

Brad GougeonBrad Gougeon
Eastern Region

I got started on pattern glass in Michigan when I was about 12-13 years old. I have my parents to thank for that. Over the years, I have collected a lot of different things in glass but my love for EAPG has never waned. I have been a member of the Society since 1996? (That's how far back my NewsJournals go.)

About 1990, I developed a love for EAPG that was made in milk glass. After a while, it became evident that there was a lot of unknown and/or incorrect information in the existing reference books so I became a collector and researcher of pattern glass. In 2011, I published my first book on pattern glass and am working on two more books.

I got interested with the EAPGS Facebook group a couple of years ago and have added that to my involvements with glass. In addition to the EAPGS, I am also a member of the NMGCS, the AGSSSCS, and the WVMAG and have written articles for the collector journals from each group.

After work moves to Texas and Ohio (the land o'glass) we have ended up back in Michigan. I am married with one offspring, a daughter, who is starting to appreciate my love of glass.

Over the years, I have received much from the EAPGS and now I hope that I can start to give back to this group by participating as a trustee of the Society.

Brad may be contacted at Brad Gougeon

Term expires in April of 2020.

Brad GougeonRobin Hainlen
Eastern Region

I, along with my husband Lyle, joined the Society a few years ago to further our knowledge. We also found that we enjoyed "glass talk" immensely and knew that we could find all that we needed in this organization. We have learned and are still learning about glass. The wide range of patterns, the factories, their sites and also the love that people have for certain types of glass is something I can relate to.

I have lived in Greentown, Indiana my whole life. I dug at the old Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company site as a child and brought home sacks of glass shards. I love amber Cord Drapery, crystal Beaded Panel, crystal Cactus and crystal Leaf Bracket. I also have a fondness for Nile green Teardrop and Tassel, but it is a little on the expensive side.

I love Flint glass, Opaque (milk glass) and Historical glass. I am a Director on the Board of the National Greentown Glass Association and our organization is working on educating our youth about the glass that was made here in our town.

We really enjoyed the Mega Convention as we got together with the Groups of which we were members. We love being members of the EAPGS because it encompasses all of the other glass clubs in one!

Robin be contacted at Robin Hainlen

Term expires in April of 2021.

Brad GougeonRoger Haworth
Pacific Region

I live in the southern central valley of California, an EAPG desert, but my love of pattern glass began long before moving here in 2003. Originally from east of Los Angeles, I've spent most of my life in California with the exception of a twenty-two year exile in Houston and New Orleans. I'm a semi-retired petroleum geologist, which explains my residence history.

My collecting history started early, roped into the glass world by a relative's collection of Greentown glass. I bought my first piece (a chocolate dolphin) when I was a freshman in college over 50 years ago and I'm still at it. I remained a Greentown specialist for maybe twenty years, but like many of you, things have a way of expanding with knowledge and appreciation, and I currently collect a fairly well defined assortment of Greentown, Northwood, Hobbs, and Riverside patterns, with Gillinder's Classic and a few other things mixed in. Many of you know me from my active presence on the EAPGS Facebook group, from which I have learned so much from the real experts who contribute their time and knowledge so freely.

Roger be contacted at Roger Haworth

Term expires in April of 2021.

MastersonJim Masterson
Eastern Region

I have been a collector, dealer and trader of EAPG since the early 1980s. I did not start my collecting life with EAPG, but it certainly is a main part of it now. My personal collecting goals align with the mission statement of the Society (… to foster and encourage the collection, appreciation, study, preservation, and documentation of early American pattern glassware, and its place in American life, past and present.) I constantly ask myself how I can do more to help grow and promote the Society. I have some ideas. Let’s grow!

Term expires in April of 2022.

Linda Miller
Central Region Sam Kissee

My love affair with EAPG began at a very early age. After the war, my Mother was a driver for an antique dealer and we scoured the countryside searching for glass. This search became a family affair with my mother, sisters, children and nieces involved. Each one of us chose a pattern and I collect etched Dakota.

I have lived in Minnesota my entire life; my husband and I have traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada enjoying our country's abundance of State and National Parks. Antiquing and traveling go very well together.

My first teaching job was a second/third grade combination classroom. As I continued my education and earned additional licenses, I taught in middle school and high school.

My daughter and I have designed and implemented an online business, Reuzeit Emporium ( We quite literally designed and built a store and furnished the store with merchandise.

As a member of the Board, I will bring my long standing love of education, interest in new and innovative ideas and my willingness to help the Society maintain and expand its goals.

Linda may be contacted at Linda Miller

Term expires in April of 2022.

Nancy SmithRick Miller
Central Region

I've been a collector since I was a kid. I always loved the hunt, never knowing what could be found on the next trip. I still have matchbook covers and Indian arrowheads I found many years ago. Renee and I started our glass collection in 2001 with a piece of Greentown's Holly Amber pattern. With the help of a book and a few pieces of Greentown that Renee's parents had collected we were off and running. Two years later we joined EAPGS and have enjoyed learning, hunting and collecting ever since.

We currently live in Riverside Iowa and I have owned and operated a Critter Control franchise business for the past 26 years. This has given us the freedom to travel to auctions, shows and meetings over the years building friendships and our collection. Our main focus is still Greentown glass but we have branched out to McKee, Hobbs, King & Sons, Iowa City Flint Glass Co, and others. I really like the bird and animal patterns as well.

Rick may be contacted at Rick Miller

Term expires in April of 2021.

Nancy SmithLiz Roach
Mountain Region

I live in Salt Lake City, Utah, I'm married, have two daughters, five grandchildren, and several closets filled with EAPG. This is the short version of that story:

When I was young and newly discharged from the army, with two small children and a falling down house, my very eccentric, antiques-loving mother-in-law took me to my first antiques mall. Theoretically the shopping trip was to find inexpensive furniture for the ramshackle house. What I saw and loved from the beginning were the beautiful goblets. The first one to come home with me was Boston and Sandwich COMET, which I still have and use. I happily collected pattern glass goblets for years which was a wonderful bond with my mother-in-law. She wanted our daughters to inherit the EAPG that she, her mother, and grandmother before her, had collected. One of my daughters found the EAPGS site as she tried to identify the glass she and her sister had received. At that time I wasn't much of a Facebook person but she led me to the EAPGS page and I was instantly hooked.

I've received so much enjoyment from the Society and that online page that I'm happy to offer some of my time in return. I'm currently helping with the transition of the Photo Albums to a Society-owned web site and expect to continue in that role until our precious educational resource is safe.

Liz may be contacted at Liz Roach

Term expires in April of 2021.

Nancy SmithDanny Trbovich
Mountain Region

In 2016, I volunteered to be a Trustee. I'm very glad I did. During my tenure, I thoroughly reviewed our Operating Manual & provided numerous recommendations. I've remained loyal to my conviction to strongly advocate our Society & promote its growth. I've recommended several potential methods of increasing membership such as allowing non-members to attend our annual, regional, & other meetings. Also, suggested reducing the first & second year membership dues to eliminate the problem of a vast number of members that don't renew their second year membership.

As a Trustee, my wife & I have attended all Annual Meetings. I am proud of my actions as your Trustee & I will continue to serve you & the Society faithfully by strictly adhering to all Society rules, bylaws, Operations Manual & will not hesi-tate to voice my opinion even if isn't a majority opinion at the time.

I'm an engineer with a college degree, possess a Master of Science degree, retired military officer & 20+ years in the civilian sector dealing with multi-million dollar government contracts.

I have and will always promote the EAPGS by readily talking about EAPG patterns, the benefits of membership, & encouraging others to join the Society. I readily share my knowledge & I’m thrilled when I learn something new. Thank you for your confidence in me over the last three years and I will to continue to serve you and the Society.

Danny may be contacted at Danny Trbovich

Term expires in April of 2022.