Convention at a Glance
The Red Wing Collectors Society held its first Convention in 1977 at the Goodhue County Historical Society in Red Wing, MN. In the early years, the Convention was also held at the Red Wing American Legion and Minnesota State College Southeast Technical College. In 1996, the Convention made its home at Red Wing High School. In 2017 the RWCS Convention returned to Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing with the Auction and Show & Sale held at the Red Wing National Guard Amory.
The RWCS Convention, according to its bylaws, holds the Convention each year the first full weekend of July. Official RWCS Convention events begin on Thursday of Convention Week; however, there are many events and activities going on in Red Wing before the Conventions opens!
Before the Convention begins, Sellers of Red Wing dinnerware, stoneware and art pottery begin to set up their booths at the Pottery Place Mall. Also many locals will set up garage sales in their driveways all around Red Wing. With these sales open the hunt begins!
Convention attendees also take time to visit antique shops in Red Wing and and in nearby towns. With Red Wing’s nestled on the Mississippi River Wisconsin is just across the bridge.
Wednesday- Pottery Museum of Red Wing
The hunt at the antique shops, garage sales, auction, and sales continues. Chapters start to gather and members ready for the first day of Convention.
The Official RWCS Convention Program is available at pre-registration and also inserted in the Red Wing Republican Eagle Newspaper. This is the best information source for all Convention activities. It includes:
- Schedule of Events
- Educational Programs
- Show and Sale listing
- Social Events
- Much MORE
That evening the RWCS Foundation Hosts a Wine-ing for Red Wing fundraiser in the Pottery Museum of Red Wing.
THURSDAY – Convention Opens, Commemorative Unveiled & Members Auction
This is the official first day of Convention activities at the Minnesota State College Southeast. The schedule begins with unveiling of the Annual Convention Commemorative, followed by the opening welcome and the keynote speaker. The highlight of the day is the Members Only Auction held at the Red Wing National Guard Armory. During the day, members have the opportunity to view the Displays and Rare Items being shown at the Convention by members, Chapter Meetings, and Orientation for First Timers to Convention.
Our Youth Programming begins on Thursday with Young Collectors. The programming is designed for our 13+ members of the RWCS. All RWCS members are encouraged to bring their children and grand children to convention. Young Collectors along with Kids View on Friday, are free to member families.
Members Only Auction – Members consigned stoneware, dinnerware, art pottery, and unique Red Wing items to fill the over 200 lots on the auction. This is truly a member auction with something for every collector interest and level. The auction is held at the Red Wing National Guard Amory.
FRIDAY – Education and Social Events
The jam packed Education Sessions are open to all members registered for Convention. There are more than 20 sessions for attendees to choose from. In addition to these traditional adult education, we have youth education through Kids View and Young Collectors. In addition, to the wonderful educational opportunities the members continue to have pottery making demonstrations, viewing displays, and networking with other collectors.
Shared Interest Groups – This opportunity brings together collectors with the same Red Wing collecting interest to network, swap stories, and share information. From general groups like stoneware, dinnerware, and art pottery to more specific like Saffron Ware, Iowa Advertising, or Belle Kogan vase. If you have an interest, we can form a group.
The RWCS also holds it annual business meeting for the organization. This is the members opportunity to hear more about the clubs operational news, Convention so far, upcoming events, and other organization business as the agenda outlines.
Friday Night Member Meet UP
Immediately Following the RWCS business meeting, join your fellow collectors at the College for fun and friendship. There will be member trivia, display award winners and so much more.
SATURDAY – Show and Sale
9:00 am for RWCS members registered for the Convention
10:30am – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! FREE ADMISSION
The last day of Convention and the Show & Sale at the Red Wing National Guard Armory features seller’s tables and booth spaces selling Red Wing pottery, stoneware, and city memorabilia. The RWCS recently expanded Show and Sale to also include opportunities for sellers to show case quality period antiques and collectibles in booth space.
The Commemorative Lottery is also in full swing on Saturday. All pre-registered attendees receive a lottery number on their badge. With this number an attendee can purchase a second commemorative.
Convention Week ends with a relaxing banquet.
Saturday Events open to the public SHOW AND SALE – 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Banquet Celebration – Mount Frontenac Golf Course
Check the Convention Schedule to keep up to date on all the Convention events.