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Picnic Canceled Due To The Corona Virus

The PROG Picnic scheduled for August 14 has been canceled due to the upswing in Covid cases.


Portland’s Rain of Glass lost a central figure in its history with the passing of Carole Bess White on May 29, 2020, at the age of 75.


Carole became an active member of PROG in 1980, shortly after the club was founded in 1978 and she served as President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Show Chair, Property Chair, Program Co-Chair and Convention Chair at different times and more than once throughout the years. Most recently she edited the club’s newsletter and served on the board of directors and was active until the day she passed.

Carole was married to Les White for 54 years. In addition to school teaching, Les was a photographer for her Published books. In addition to collecting, for a number of years Carole was a potter, producing wheel-thrown stoneware and Raku vessels. She worked full time in newspaper entertainment advertising for more than 25 years. She and Les were also 1930s and 1940s movie buffs.

Carole grew up in Portland. She attended Rose City Park, St. Rose School and Madison High School, graduating in 1963. Carole will be missed by everyone in the Club and beyond.

Photo by Les White

When we can meet again we have monthly meetings (except August) at Central Lutheran Church located at 1820 NE 21st Avenue in Portland. It is located at 21st and NE Schuyler, one block north of Broadway. There is on-street parking on Schuyler Street, in Zeller’s parking lot across the street and a small parking lot behind the church building (to the east). Enter at the back door. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

To get our meeting started on time at 7:00 pm, we ask that you arrive early to help setup.

Portland’s Rain of Glass (PROG) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), educational membership organization that was started  in 1978 to inform and educate individuals who have an interest in collectible glass. Every meeting, we have a time set aside to help with glass identification. Our extensive library of reference books is available to our members. We have several public glass displays each year and we have seminars and classes to educate our members and the community at large. PROG is Oregon’s oldest and largest Depression and Elegant Glassware organization.

If you enjoyed visiting our website and reading our newsletters, please consider making a donation to our club which is striving to preserve historical pieces of glass and to educate others about the history of glass around the world. We appreciate your support.




Library Exhibit      Library Resources

Timeline of American Glass Historyy


American Glass History


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