WEST VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF AMERICAN GLASS LTD

aka Museum of American Glass in West Virginia   |   Weston, WV   |  http://www.magwv.org/

Mission

Our mission is to share the diverse and rich heritage of glass as a product and historical object as well as telling of the lives of glass workers, their families and communities, and the tools and machines they used in glass houses. The Museum includes representative samples of all glass products...from rich cut glass to bottles and jars, from pressed glass to studio art glass. We display many of the diverse and beautiful objects produced by factories during the past century, both form large and well-known companies and smaller ones that may have escaped historical notice. No other public collection offers such contrasts on a large scale. Education is one of our mission's strongest components. We also house and service one of the finest archival research collections in the United States.

Ruling year info

1994

WVMAG LTD Board President

Lawrence Woods

WVMAG LTD Vice President

Noel (Sketter) Pletcher

Main address

230 Main Ave.

Weston, WV 26452 USA

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EIN

55-0728726

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Art Museums (A51)

History Museums (A54)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As an all volunteer, non profit museum we continue to struggle to find community and corporate support for the museum. Particularly, now in the time of Covid it is even more difficult to find and maintain the resources to allow the museum to continue its mission.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Educational Services

WVMAG holds an annual Glass Gathering, a 2-day research conference that alternates between Weston and a different geographic location every other year. We also sponsor an annual Mid-Century American Modern Glass Symposium and host the annual meeting of the Ancient and Honorable Order of Glass Flakes, an invitation-only group of some of the preeminent glass researchers in the United States. We have an active publication program, with 151 monographs currently in our line as well as nine books published under our Glass Flakes Press imprint. Our quarterly magazine, All About Glass, is another tool for disseminating information and research information.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Senator John Heinz History Center 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new grants received

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Population(s) Served

Age groups

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The past two years has seen the Museum receive Federal and State grants to help offset the Covid pandemic. In 2019 we received a State grant to upgrade the infrastructure at the Museum.

Number of programs documented

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Population(s) Served

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Related Program

Educational Services

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Glass Gathering and Mid Century Modern program were cancelled due to Covid. School programs did well with over 120 children during as summer outreach visiting the Smithsonian exhibit.

Number of requests for data

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Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Educational Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Request included visits to our library and specific requests about our collection.

Number of periodicals distributed

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Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Educational Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Requests for data include monographs and self published research books.

Number of free participants of guided tours

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Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Educational Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Museum does not charge an admission, nevertheless we continue to do outreach to increase the number of visitors to the Museum. Our goal is to have approx. 250 visitors per month or 3,000 per year

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

As an all volunteer non profit museum our goals are to establish, maintain, and conduct an organization for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes and in furtherance thereof, to discover, procure, publish and preserve whatever may relate to the glass industry in West Virginia, the United States of America or where ever else glass has been manufactured.And to promote and preserve the history of glass that is or may be of interest to this and future generations.

Our Strategic Plan outlines our Guiding Principles, Code of Ethics, and Non-Discrimination Policy. The plan outlines eight areas with between one and three goals for each area. These areas include: Staffing, Audience, Affiliations, Archives, Virtual Museum, Education, Museum Events, Publishing.

Our Strategic Plan outlines specific strategies for achieving each of the goals, with timelines and metrics for each goal.

The Board has added two new members with unique skill sets that we hope to assist the Museum in achieving the goals outlines in our plan.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    General public visiting the museum and both a national and international audience virtually.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email, Social media feedback,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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WEST VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF AMERICAN GLASS LTD

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Lawrence Woods


Board co-chair

Noel (Skeeter) Pletcher

John Beaumont

Jay George

Kristen Gribble

Jay Hawkins

Helen Jones

George Muraskevics

Lawrence Woods

Noel Pletcher

Tom Felt

David Bush

Willard Wright

Jason Gum

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/25/2021

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Leadership

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/22/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.