Goodhue County Historical Society access during Convention

Road Construction Detour Information

Goodhue County Historical Society

Will be open during Convention!

The Goodhue County Historical Society (GCHS) will have access during the College Ave. road construction this summer. If you are planning to visit the historical society during Convention Week please make sure you have directions:

Just as you are coming into downtown, turn right on West Avenue (a one-way going up the hill). West Ave takes you past the post office and many of Red Wing’s historic churches.  Turn right on Fourth Street.  Go nine blocks and turn left on Washington Street (just past Fairview Red Wing Professional and Community Center).  Go two blocks and turn left on Sixth Street.  Follow Sixth Street up the hill and past the Red Wing Golf Club.  The road curves to the left and turns into Williams Ave.   The History Center is straight ahead, a large red brick building.   The parking lot is on the left before the History Center.  

Visit the GCHS website for directions and maps by clicking here!

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NEW Convention 2009 Information Now Available!

2009 Convention Information

July 9-11, 2009

Red Wing, MN

The RWCS Newsletter has hit the streets with all the Convention news, exciting auctions, and other information. So you can plan your Convention events in advance here is the latest information on Education Sessions, Kids View, Show and Sale, and so much more!

Schedule Grid : Find out who is speaking and when on Friday, July 10
Session Descriptions and Speaker Bios : Learn more about speakers and topics

Kids View: Tenth Anniversary – Brought to you by the number 10: Check out the exciting events for the children at convention. They are celebrating 10 years of educating our young members.

Show and Sale Floor Plan : Over 150 sellers have contracted for tables at the Convention this year. You are sure to find something for your collection. Open to registered members at 9:00 a.m. sharp! The public is welcome at 10:30 a.m.

For those coming early to convention we have a number of events going on in the Community you don’t want to miss!

4th of July Central Park Band Shell – Celebrate the 4th of July and Grand Opening of the new band shell in Central Park located between East and West Avenue. Beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the park there will be music, food, and fun for everyone.

Schedule of events is as follows:
3:30 pm Welcome, Mayor John Howe
3:45 pm Hits from Fiddle on the Roof presented by The Phoenix Theatre
5:00 pm Rosanne Cash Duo
6:45 pm Roomful of Blues
8:45 pm Sheldon Theatre Brass Band

Click here to learn more!

Cinema under the Stars: Following the 4th of July fireworks there will be a free showing of Independence Day (rated PG-13) in Bay Point Park. Click here to learn more.

RWCS Foundation Street Sale: On Sunday, July 5th, Downtown Red Wing is the annual street sale featuring many dealers selling antiques.

Concerts in the Park: On Wednesday, July 8 the Red Wing Arts Association will kick off their FREE summer concert series in Central Park at the New Band Shell. Performing during Convention Week is "Generation II Big Band." Step back and come and hear this great music performance beginning at 7:00 pm. Click here to learn more.

Don’t forget about those auctions advertised in the newsletter. Click here to learn more.

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Auction Acceptance Letters Have Been Sent

2009 Convention Auction Letters

Have Been Sent

Members who submitted for the 2009 Auction Lottery will be receiving their notification of acceptance and auction number by email or mail this weekend.

Todd Avery, auction manager, wishes to thank everyone for their patience as he prepares for the 2009 Convention.

If you do not receive a letter or email by June 19, Todd requests that you email or call him to confirm the status of your submission.

We look forward to another exciting Members Only Auction on Thursday, July 9!

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RWCS Foundation Board meeting announced

RWCS Foundation

Convention Board Meeting

Monday, July 6th

All RWCS members are invited to attend the RWCS Foundation Board Meeting that will be held during the Convention.

Where: Community Development Building
              419 Bush Street

When: Monday, July 6

Time: 6 p.m.

For more information please contact Ron Linde, president, via email



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Annual Houghton’s Auction Service, Wednesday night Auction Canceled

Houghton’s Auction Service

Annual Wednesday Night


Red Wing, Minn. – Houghton’s Auction Service decided to cancel their Wednesday, July 8 Afternoon Auction at the Red Wing Armory.

The Tuesday, July 7th Auction will go ahead as scheduled. For more information or questions regarding either auction please contact Nancy or Dick Houghton at 651-388-5870.

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Red Wing Pottery Road Show Results

Red Wing Pottery Road Show once again proves that there are still new pottery discoveries.
Red Wing, Minn. – Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS), RWCS Foundation, and local RWCS Chapter, Cannon Valley Red Wing Collectors Club were once again shown that undiscovered Red Wing Pottery is still hiding in closets and basements.

The 2nd Annual Red Wing Pottery Road Show was held Saturday, May 16th at the Red Wing Pottery Museum. More than 75 people brought 50 pieces of Red Wing stoneware, dinnerware, and art pottery for our experts to evaluate and answer questions.

This year’s show brought to light new finds – stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery – something for every collector’s interest, especially our experts. The stoneware experts, Larry Peterson, Wayne Bell and Dave Hallstrom, saw great examples of Red Wing salt glaze, advertising, and sponge ware. Larry Roschen, Ivy Loughborough and Todd Hintz, dinnerware experts, examined several unique finds including a juicer with cup, lunch hour chop plate and one piece from a 1941 Orleans dinnerware pattern set still in the box – including the straw from the factory. A lamp with hand-painted art, piano planters and “the Suitor” figural, cold painted (painted after firing) in bisque were noted as the most interesting pieces by our art pottery experts, Mary Bang and Bonnie Myers.

“It was so exciting to know that there are still so many great examples of Red Wing out there waiting to be discovered!” said Stacy Wegner, executive director, RWCS. “I hope that each person felt they learned more about their piece of Red Wing!”

Like last year, dinnerware and stoneware shared the show jaw droppers. Stoneware expert’s attention was immediately grabbed by a 5 gallon scratched Albany slip jug double-handled and double-stamped on the handle and side. This rare early Red Wing Stoneware Company jug was valued to be $5,000 to $7,000 by expert Larry Peterson. All three dinnerware experts were excited to feast their eyes on recent eBay “lunch hour” plate. It was a Town and Country white dinner plate with a blue flower decoration and date mark on the back. The term “lunch hour” refers only to pieces that were decorated or personalized by pottery workers during their break.

“I’ve seen many ‘lunch hour’ plates over the years, but I can’t recall any on a Town & Country plate,” said Ivy Loughborough. “This plate would be sought after by both Red Wing collectors and collectors of designer Eva Zeisel’s work.”

Thanks to the success of the 2nd year of this event, the organization will plan to hold another Red Wing Pottery Road Show in 2010. If you missed the road show, there are two ways for you to find our more about a Red Wing piece in your possession – the RWCS free “Ask the Experts” service on the RWCS website or call the RWCS office at 800.977.7927.

The Red Wing Pottery Museum is managed by the RWCS Foundation. The museum has an extensive representation of characteristic and rare stoneware, art pottery and dinnerware items produced by the pottery industry of Red Wing is displayed and preserved. The museum also contains an important collection of memorabilia, vintage photographs and products related to this industry to provide for current and future educational experiences and scholarly endeavors consistent with the mission of the Foundation. It is located on 2nd floor of the historic Pottery Place Mall, located at 2000 Old West Main Street. It is open daily during mall hours and is free and open to the public. Guided tours can be arranged by contacting Diane Hallstrom at

The Red Wing Collectors Society was founded in 1977 in Red Wing, Minn. The Society is dedicated to preserving the rich pottery history of Red Wing and other American pottery. There are more than 4,000 members worldwide. The Red Wing Potteries had diverse pottery lines of stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery. For more information or to become a member, contact the RWCS business office at 800-977-7927, e-mail or log on to

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