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 2020.

Lonnie SulzbergerDanny Trbovich
Mountain Region
Vice-President of EAPGS

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.

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.

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 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.

Karen may be contacted at Karen Burns

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.

Brad may be contacted at Brad Gougeon

Term expires in April of 2020.

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.

Sammay be contacted at Sam Kissee

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 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 Na-tional Historic Landmark Victorian house in 1993, I started going to auctions to fur-nish our home. At one of those early auc-tions 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 com-potes. Compotes quickly became my fa-vorite 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 cen-ter. 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.

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.

Bill may be contacted at Bill Morrison

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.

Nancy SmithPeter Thomas
Central Region

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.