Want To See Some Glass
January 14, 2017 7:09am CST
My mother was born in Maryland but grew up in Elmira/Chemung New York. Her dad was a farmer. She went to Normal School (A normal school is a school created to train high school graduates to be teachers. Most such schools are now denominated "teachers' colleges") the quote from Wikipedia. Mom spent her life raising a family and teaching. Often as I grew up when we visited family on the farm we would take a day trip to Corning, NY. Corning is very near the farm and we loved visiting Corning Glass Museum. The photo above is just one of hundreds of photos I took the last time I was there - a couple of years ago with my sister. You can spend a whole day there and yes they have a cafeteria/restaurant. When I was a child it was pretty small from my memory but today it is huge, And so very interesting. You can see glass being blown by artists, and the museum has glass on display from the first in history to today. They also sell glass in there shop bot decorative and practical. Remember "CorningWare" in your kitchen? I still have some in my kitchen... So if you get to the south central part of New York, on the Pennsylvania border, spend some time at the Corning Museum. You will be awed by what you see. Have you been there?
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15 Jan 17
My mother took us to it in the olden day, My sister and I made the trip to it because we were camping in the area ( she had a school meeting she had to be in and I toured while she was busy). We planned a couple of big days in the finger lakes area Corning was one. We camped at Buttermilk Falls and spend another day at Watkins Glen - both are must sees...so beautiful in that area.
15 Jan 17
@PainsOnSlate Buttermilf Falls is the first time I ever camped. The night was the same day we visited the Corning Glas Center. We have some interesting memories of camping at Ithaca. Robert H. Tremond (sp) during a torrential downpour, that had us trapped in the park.
16 Jan 17
@Morleyhunt A bit of excitement makes camping interesting. It was a horrible hot and dry summer the year we did it. Since we met there to camp we each had a car. We drove to the top of Buttermilk Falls and hiked down to the bottom where our second car was... As we hiked down we saw many very tired and sweaty people climbling. The pool at the bottom of the falls was green with slime and we were told to go to another park nearby and swim in thier pools made from natural springs, cold and beautiful! I just looked it up and it was Robert H. Treman State Park....I love NY because if you stay at one you get into all of them for free.
17 Jan 17
Cool, I've never known anyone else who went to Normal School. Maybe because not many women went to college that far back. I just looked it up. Normal school started in 1685 and in the 1940's they changed the name to college and University...I'm glad you commented here, it made me look that up and I'm happy to know that....
• United States
17 Jan 17
@PainsOnSlate Yes, I do have my great grandmother's notes she took in 1886 for her classes at Illinois State Normal University. My grandmother went to Eastern Illinois State Normal School, and my dad, sister, husband, and I went to the university when it became Eastern Illinois University. Fun to learn about the history of family members, for sure. My great grandparents started the Haddock School in Diona, IL in the 1800s.
14 Jan 17
That is really an intriguing piece here, I'd call it art myself. I've got several pieces of corningware in my kitching also, none of it looks as beautiful, in fact I have a Royal Dalton casserole dish which pales in comparison. There used to be a glass factory in our region, they made Libby St Clair Glass.
17 Jan 17
I wasn't aware of a glass company in our area, I just looked up Ontario Museums but it looks like it will take a while to see what museums are in Ontario. I know in my area there are many but most are historic buildings and art. Even Grimsby has a Museum and so does Jordan. I've been to the local ones but it might be time to visit Toronto again..
• Trinidad And Tobago
16 Jan 17
The pic is really amazing and I have no doubt that the museum is amazing too. No, I haven't been there...and sadly, we have no such museum or technology here that is open to the public.I have a faint recollection that Trinidad have a factory where 'glass' is made from sand. But not open to the public.