Haviland collectors gather in Virginia

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Haviland China in the White House will be the theme of the 14th annual conference of Haviland Collectors lnternationale Foundation, May 15-18, at the Fort Magruder Hotel, 6945 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, Va.

Speaker. Keynote speaker will be William G. Allman, curator of the White House. His lecture will accompany an exhibition of presidential porcelain. The lecture and exhibition are open to the public on May 17 at 9:30 a.m. Admission is $10.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Maymont estate and the White House of the Confederacy in historic Richmond or visit the James River Plantations including Berkeley Plantation, birthplace of President William Harry Harrison.

Workshops. Workshops will include an update on the collaborative member effort to assemble and identify china backmarks of the many restaurants, hotels, railroads, jewelers and retail stores that have distributed Haviland throughout the world for the last 160 years.

Art and Eileen Wendt will present a workshop on the Haviland blank Marseilles. They will introduce a new publication recording their research of locating, documenting and photographing over 300 pieces of Marseilles.

Other educational seminars will include the discussion of the care and repair of porcelain and insuring and safeguarding collections. Conference activities will include show-and-tell sessions, social gatherings, and a banquet and benefit auction for the foundation.

An all-Haviland show and sale will be open to the public May 18. Hours will be noon to 5 p.m.

Registration. For conference registration information contact Barbara Wood at 757-564-0941 or rfdbmw@msn.com.

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