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Eugene Dorflinger, a first cousin of Christian Dorflinger, was a worker at the Dorflinger factory in White Mills, PA. His son, John C. Dorflinger, was the supervisor of the cutting shop operations during the last 10 years of the glass factory’s operation, and after the factory closed in 1925, he created a museum dedicated to the glass history of White Mills. More than anyone else he kept the name and history of Dorflinger alive. He preserved documents, photographs, receipt books and catalogs that were of invaluable assistance to researchers after his death in 1964.

A newspaper memoir in 1992 noted, “John Dorflinger had an encyclopedic knowledge of the making and decorating of glass, and he thoroughly enjoyed sharing this knowledge.” Today, of course, two excellent museums showcase the magnificent glass produced by Dorflinger: The Dorflinger Glass Museum and the Dorflinger Factory Museum, both in White Mills. In 1978 the Eugene Dorflinger Estate was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

From the collection of the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main St., Honesdale. The museum and research library are open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. and museum only 12 noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

 

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