Linda Eppelheimer
Central Region
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 2017.

Linda YoderLinda Yoder
Central Region
Vice-President of EAPGS

I and Larry have lived our entire lives in Iowa. We were fortunate to be raised in families that kept and treasured pattern glass. Our collection includes many family heirlooms as well as collected pieces. I was raised in Washington County Iowa where in Keota Iowa the Eagle Glass Factory, 1879-1880, was started by James Leighton. The Eagle Glass Factory was the first glass factory west of the Mississippi River to produce pattern glass. When the Eagle Glass Factory failed Leighton built the Iowa City Flint Glass Factory, 1880-1882.

At age 16 my Grandmother gave me three Eagle Glass beer goblets. She said they are not very pretty and of poor quality glass but I should keep them because it was part of my heritage. After our marriage in 1962 I seriously started collecting flint glass. Our collection includes Bellflower, Ashburton, Excelisor, Thumbprint, Lion, Westward Ho, cup plates, goblets and early lacy flint. We have an extensive collection of Keota Eagle Glass and Iowa City Glass.

For years we had been looking for a group who shared our love of pattern glass. Several years ago we joined EAPGS and it's been a wonderful experience. I encourage anyone who has 1 piece or a collection and wants to learn about old pattern glassware to join. EAPGS members are friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and passionate about preserving the history of pattern glass. I am honored to be a Trustee of this great society.

Linda may be contacted at Linda Yoder

Term expires in April of 2017

John Ahlfeld
Eastern Region

My wife, Alice, and I have been active in the EAPGS since it was founded. I was a member of the original Board of Trustees, with responsibilities including Treasurer and maintaining membership records. I later served another term, including a year as Secretary. Alice and I have coordinated dinner events at the Eastern National Show, first in Harrisburg and more recently in Carlisle. We've also been responsible for the EAPGS display at that show many times.

Two high priorities for the EAPGS are increasing membership and providing services to members. Membership development can include incentives for new members, inviting non-members to meetings, and wider distribution of information about the EAPGS, including publicity in major publications. We should encourage more regional meetings, wherever we can find volunteer coordinators; this can provide a great additional benefit to members – a chance to learn, socialize with fellow members, and buy and sell EAPG. The NewsJournal and website should continue as important services, recognizing that their success depends in part on many members contributing content.

John may be contacted at: John Ahlfeld

Term expires in April of 2018.

Phyllis Messerla  
Central Region

I was raised in a small town in Missouri; educated in music at Southeast Missouri State University.

My retirement time is spent working with my husband in his wood turning shop, assisting him at Art Fairs and searching for EAPG.

EAPG Facebook is a truly educational, age bridging mechanism for this group. Gail Curley and Don Plank have developed a valuable archive of pictures and group corrected information that keeps the participation up, along with sharing our new-est finds. Having started collecting in 2008, it has expanded my knowledge exponentially.

My appreciation and awe of this old artistry is the drive behind me having an interest in being a Trustee for the Midwest with the hope we can educate and entice our younger generations to be a part of that history and discuss affordable ways to keep reaching out to them.

Phyllis may be contacted at Phyllis Messerla  

Term expires in April of 2019.

Brad GougeonKaren Burns
Eastern Region

I find that we who collect early American pattern glass are caretakers of the glass for future generations while we have it. It has been my privilege to be a caretaker of these fine American treasures for 50 years. Jim and I started hunting and ac-quiring glass while living in Bowling Green, KY. We traveled from Nashville to Louisville hunting for treasures. We dis-covered that we loved the "finials". At that time we couldn't afford Westward Ho, Log Cabin or Jumbo – only dream. One day we stopped at a small shop outside of Owensboro, KY. Where we found a Baby Face butter for $3.00 – although, the base was badly damaged, it had a perfect lid. We spent about 15 years in search of a good base for the lid to sit on. Today, it is one of our special treasures.

Many dealers and collectors mentored us by sharing their wealth of knowl-edge. Today, we continue our quest for interesting and unusual pieces of early American pattern glass. As dealers, it has been our privilege to help others find treas-ures to care for. If chosen to serve as a Trustee, I will strive to promote the Soci-ety so that many more can find a passion to become caregivers of EAPG.

Term expires in April of 2018.

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.

Term expires in April of 2017.

Paul KirkPaul Kirk Jr.
Eastern Region

I have been collecting and seriously researching glassware for over 25 years. My studies have led me to write about EAPG, and I am currently working with a major publisher to make my book on Bryce, Higbee glassware a reality.

My involvement with the EAPGS began in 2010 when I was asked to write an article for the NewsJournal. Since then I have contributed four major articles, three of them cover stories/featured articles. The next year I was asked to do pattern identification for the Society, a commitment I maintain to the present day. I am also quite active with identifying patterns and sharing original catalog scans and information through the EAPGS Facebook page.

I have been an officer for many different groups over the years, and I know that membership is vital for success and growth. Not only must we gain new members, but we must continually explore new and creative ways to engage and keep them. This is a challenge for any organization, and I consider this a top priority that I will focus my ideas and energies on during my term on the Board of Trustees.

Term expires in April of 2017.

Sam KisseeSam Kissee
Pacific Region

I began collecting EAPG in the early 1960's while I was in high school. I have never stopped. My main interests include Flint Glass, colored Victorian table ware, Blown Three Mold glass and the products of the Boston & Sandwich Glass Co. I'm a past president and trustee of the EAPG Society. We collectors in the West are scattered out between San Diego to Washington state. Sandra Millius and I are coordinating a Western Glass Gathering in Oct 2013. Hopefully we will get our fellow collectors together for two days in the fall to celebrate our passion for EAPG.

Term expires in April of 2018.

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 through-out 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 2019.

Nancy Smith
Bill Morrison
Eastern Region

My wife and I have been members of the Society for more than 15 years. Our collecting interests are in early clear flint patterns and we also research and write on glass-related subjects. I previously served as a trustee 10 years ago and served as publicity person for the Society while a trustee. We actively support the EAPGS Facebook page and I want to continue to do what is needed for the Society to grow and be successful in the future.

Term expires in April of 2018.

Nancy SmithKathy Roth
Eastern Region

My interest in pattern glass began when I was sixteen years old. I drove my Gram to West Virginia to visit her sister and found my first flea market. From that moment on, I was hooked. I belong to several glass clubs and am currently President of the Historical Glass Club of Pittsburgh. I helped start a study group at this Club and also one at the Duncan Miller Club and Museum in Washington, PA. Several of our studies have been published in the NewsJournal. For the last few years I have contributed to the NewsJournal by helping to obtain new articles.

My first love was bread plates, then historical pattern glass, but recently I have been collecting whimsical glass novel-ties. The people who operated these glass factories, the workers and especially the mold designers and makers, are worth re-searching. Each piece of historical glass tells a story that is a part of the history of our Country. These tales about the factories and the whimsical designs that piqued my curiosity are all important, but best of all are the glass people of today that I have met.

Kathy may be contacted at Kathy Roth

Term expires in April of 2019.

Lonnie SulzbergerDanny Trbovich
Mountain Region

My wife, Beverly, and I live in the Rocky Mountain Region. We have been collecting EAPG since 1987/1988. Originally, we started collecting Westward Ho and Ellrose. This rapidly expanded to patterns with unusual finials such as Jumbo, Monkey, the various Lion patterns, American Shield, Bullet Emblem, Dolphin, Frosted Chick, Log Cabin, and other patterns including those that don’t have unusual finials.

I’m an engineer by college degree, retired military officer with 20+ years in the civilian sector dealing with US Government con-tracts. As such I’m a stickler for details and adhering to all requirements. Thus, I will adhere to all EAPG Society’s rules and bylaws and will not hesitate to voice my opinion and recommendations.

I’m a strong advocate of our Society and promoting its growth and goals. I have given presentations on various EAPG patterns, assisted with presenting EAPG displays at other glass shows and participated in organizing glass buying trips.

At every opportunity regardless of the situation, I promote EAPGS growth and goals by talking about EAPG and encouraging others to join. I thoroughly enjoy sharing information on EAPG and I’m thrilled every time I learn something new.

Danny may be contacted at Danny Trbovich

Term expires in April of 2019.