Last Updated: Dec 17, 2017     Views: 268

Bottle with the Seal of Richard Wistar, Wistarburgh Glass Works, Alloway, NY,      
about 1745-1755. Gift of Miss Elizabeth Wistar. 86.4.196.                   

This sounds like a fun project. We actually have a few books that might be useful. A Day in the Life of a Colonial Glassblower by J.L. Branse (2002) and The Glassblower by Christine Petersen (2012) might be your best bets. You can find other kid-friendly books about glass here, including two American Girl mysteries that may have more information on early American glassblowing (Enemy in the Fort and Shadows in the Glasshouse).

The National Park Service has a page about glassblowing at Jamestown, and you can watch a video of a glassblower blowing glass at the Jamestown Glasshouse here. This page by Jamestown Rediscovery has information on the glasshouse originally in Jamestown. 

I have also attached a longer list of books about colonial glassblowing. If you'd like to borrow any of these books, or the ones I mentioned above, please contact your local library. The Rakow Research Library will lend designated books from its collection and will send copies of articles requested by other libraries. Your library can request items through the OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system or by direct request through email at For more information, please see our ILL website. Books are loaned for a four week period.

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