The Historical Glass Museum had a record one day attendance the day of the Y Alliance home tour. Docent Joe Soelter counted 543 visitors on the day of the tour that celebrated the Glass Museum’s twenty-fifth year at the 1157 N. Orange Street location. Redlands Historical Glass Museum collection of American glassware has grown to be the world’s largest collection of American glassware on public display. Museum Director Frank Herendeen noted that, “Visitors from around the world visit Redlands unique museum, yet 95% of the visitors on the day of the Y Alliance tour were first-time visitors living in the Redlands area. Comments on the museum guest book that day included “WOW”, “Beautiful History”, “I finally made it.”, and “How fortunate we are to have this (Glass Museum) in Redlands.”
Several days after the tour Herendeen received a call from Martha Stewart’s office in New York. The assistant ask to borrow one of the Glass Museum’s white milk glass rabbits for a story in the April issue of Martha Stewart Living. After receiving pictures of the rabbits on display, they chose a rare milk glass rabbit with red glass eyes. The museum has a large collection of milk glass dating as far back as the 1800s.
Redlands Historical Glass Museum is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. Admission is by a $3.00 donation, students are free.