Glass has been a staple of Tiffin since the late 1880s, when A. J. Beatty & Sons glass factory relocated to Tiffin. Throughout the years, the factory had been altered, closed, re-opened, burnt down, rebuilt, sold, and expanded. Though the furnaces were shut down in 1980, to this day, Tiffin is still well known for glass production and collections. These collections are still on display and for sale at various locations around the city.
Tiffin Glass Museum
The Tiffin Glass Museum is home to over a thousand pieces of glass that are organized in chronological order to show the evolution and growth of glass production in Tiffin over the years. The museum has been open and sharing the beauty of glass since 1998 when it first opened. This year, they celebrate their 20th anniversary in downtown Tiffin.
In 1980, G.T. Hawkes & Company was founded by Thomas Gibbons Hawkes in Brooklyn, New York. This later spread to over 1,000 cutting shops across the United States due to the high demand of crystal. The G.T. Hawkes & Company trademark is now owned by Hawkes Crystal (located at 207 S. Washington St.), as they revive the brand by translating old designs into new, modern looks. Hawkes recently launched an online store here.
The Poignon Project
The Poignon Project (227 E. Perry St.) offers a wide variety of art culture. In-shop, the owners do everything from glassblowing and woodworking to photography and personalized journals. Also on display are pieces done by members of the community. Through Etsy, the Poignon Project works can be bought in all 50 states. They also offer a variety of art classes in-shop!
The 2018 President’s Award was presented to Andrew and Cindy Kalnow. SIEDC President & CEO David Zak chose to give this award to the Kalnows to recognize their contributions to the community.
“It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to publicly thank them, for what they mean to this community and everything they’ve done,” Zak said. “Their passion for preservation, drive for excellence and quality, and caring for the community.”
The Kalnows have been involved in the Tiffin community for many years, and in a myriad of different ways, contributing to economic, downtown, and community development. Recent large projects include:
The purchase of National Machinery LLC in 2002, reopening the facility and bringing jobs back to Seneca County. National is now the largest private employer in Seneca County.
The purchase and restoration of the East Tower. The purchase of the building saved this historic landmark from demolition and further investment has readied it for development.
The opening of Hawkes Crystal in downtown Tiffin. By purchasing the former Crytal Traditions business, the Kalnows were able to keep the Tiffin glass tradition alive and continue to offer custom glass in a beautiful downtown show space.
The restoration of 136-138 S. Washington St. and the opening of the Empire at 138, downtown Tiffin’s premier fine-dining establishment. The restaurant has consistently ranked at the top of restaurants in northern Ohio.
Creation of the East Green park and pavilion. The Kalnows used their own private capital to fund this large-scale community project. The amphitheater will be completed in summer of 2018 and inaugurated with a summer concert series. A second phase is also planned for the site, to include a splash pad and community garden.
These are just a few of the projects in which the Kalnows have been involved in recent years.
Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz joined in recognizing Andrew and Cindy. “When I think of model citizens or individuals who have contributed in virtually every way possible to a community, Andrew and Cindy, you’re the first two that come to mind,” Montz said.
About the President’s Award
The President’s Award is given by the SIEDC President & CEO to an individual or business deserving of special recognition. It is not given out every year.
The 8th Annual Jazzin’ Tiffin Festival, set for September 10 on Frost Parkway in Tiffin, has some new additions this year. In addition to great jazz music, local vendors and beer and wine, local “celebrities” will be grilling and a Marker’s Mark representative will be serving up bourbon and commemorative Tiffin glass shot glasses.
New this year, local faces including Mayor Aaron Montz, Tiffin University President Lillian Schumacher and Heidelberg University President Rob Huntington, will be “celebrity servers” in the grilling area from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mike Pinkston of the Empire at 138 will be grilling bratwurst with peppers and onions.
Maker’s Mark representative and Tiffin-native Joe Roszman will be running a bourbon tent within the beer garden, which will include the entire festival and vending area this year. Along with bourbon, there will be original Tiffin glass shot glasses engraved with the Jazzin’ Tiffin logo that can be dipped in the Maker’s Mark wax. There are only 200 of these unique souvenirs.
In addition to the show and sale, the organization is to hold a silent auction and live auction, along with glass identification, educational seminars and displays, and hourly door prize drawings. Additional seminars are to be announced. Authors Tom and Neila Bredehoft, Ed Goshe, and Craig Schenning are to be in attendance.
Admission is $8 and is good for the entire weekend.
“Depression Glass” is the American made, transparent glassware made from the early to mid-1920s up until World War II, made exclusively by manufacturers in the Ohio River Valley, including the Tiffin Glass Company, which is still best known for its stemware and was one of the largest producers of stemware during the Depression.
Over 100 patterns were made by more than 20 manufacturers—common colors included crystal, pink, pale blue, green, and amber. Less common colors included yellow, ultramarine, pale green, pale blue, cobalt blue, red, black, amethyst, monax, and white.
The glass is divided into two types: “Depression” glass and “Elegant” glass—Depression glass was machine made and frequently came in boxes of laundry detergent, while elegant glass was blown.
The National Depression Glass Association organized in 1974 and held its first annual convention and sale in 1975. Starting in 1999, the NDGA established its National Glass Collection, which is one of the most comprehensive Depression glass collections. Before 2012, the collection was shown at the glass shows around the country, and starting in 2012, the NDGA established a museum for its collection in Wellington, KS.
“The convention will have some of the finest dealers of Depression era glass in one area. Many dealers, glass collectors, and enthusiasts have collected glass for a very long time and have an immense knowledge of the industry and things produced,” show co-chair and collector Tom Maiberger said.
Glass collector and author Ed Goshe said the show has much to offer for any kind of enthusiast. “If people collect a certain line, there is a good chance that they will buy some of it there,” he said.
“Another reason would be just to get an idea of what was made by the different companies. There will also be tables of displays of glassware, which also would be worth the price of admission. For some people, just seeing the artistic side of glassware design, would be worth attending the show for.”
Destination Seneca County is the visitor services section of Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. Centrally located in the heart of northwest Ohio, Seneca County offers shopping, attractions, and good food, all with hometown charm. You can take a look back in time by visiting one of our many museums like the Seneca County Museum nestled along the banks of the Sandusky River, or check out one of our unique attractions such as Seneca Caverns or the Fostoria Rail Park, then end a busy day at one of our local restaurants. With plenty to see and do, you’re going to love it here. For more information, visit destinationsenecacounty.org.