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About The Michigan Depression Glass Society

Michigan Depression Glass Society members watch a presentation on iridescent stretch glass

The Michigan Depression Glass Society was founded in 1972 when our first monthly meeting took place. What started as a group of a few dozen collectors grew into hundreds as the years progressed. Our first depression glass show was held at the Ypsilanti National Guard Armory on October 20 & 21, 1973 and featured special guest Gene Florence. To help newcomers familiarize themselves with the many patterns, club members created our first annual display of various patterns identifying their names and makers. Our depression glass club maintains this tradition by creating an elaborate display each year at our show.

Fast Facts:

  • Founded in 1972

  • Over 200 members

  • Holds 10 meetings a year (8 general and 2 dinner)

  • Most meetings are attended by 85 - 100 members

  • Hosts an annual show the first full weekend of November

  • Our annual glass show is the best attended vintage glass show in the entire country

  • We are entirely run by volunteers


Michigan Depression Glass Society members welcome you to join


We encourage everyone who regularly attends our meetings to become a member. The dues collected help fund our organization's activities, meeting space, etc.

New memberships are only accepted at our November show, or during the months of January and February at a general meeting or by mail. 

Dues (as of 2024) are $18 for standard memberships, or $15 for those age 60 and older. There is a $10 surcharge if you need the monthly newsletter mailed to your home if you do not have an e-mail address for us to send it to.

Click here to join MDGS.

Click here if you are a current member and need to pay your dues for 2024.

Depression glass reference books by Gene Florence


  • The privilege of selling glass at our monthly meetings

  • The ability to place glass for sale in the Club Booth at our annual show and sale in November

  • The opportunity to consign up to two lots of glass at our Holiday Dinner auction.

  • Chance of winning two luncheon sets. Each year at the September and December dinners, we have a free drawing for a 14-piece luncheon set to members who attend.

  • Chance of winning free glass during member participation programs.

  • A monthly newsletter

  • Library privileges to check out books from the club’s extensive library of glass reference books

  • A name badge to wear at our monthly meetings

  • Voting rights in the club

Club Resources

The following items are commonly requested files from the operation of our club. 

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