Handcrafted American Artistry --
Collecting Fenton Glass

Founded in 1905 by brothers Frank and John Fenton, the Fenton Art Glass Company was the largest manufacturer of handmade colored glass in the U.S. and renowned for its innovative glass colors as well as hand-painted decorations on pressed and blown glassware.

At our May Lifelong Learning program, Melvin and Norma Lampton, Fenton glass specialists, will share their considerable knowledge about Fenton glass based on approximately thirty years of collecting antique glass.  They will also discuss and display part of their extensive collection, which they acquired from flea markets and garage sales. Thus far, they have collected and re-sold nearly 3,200 pieces!

Initially the Lamptons focused on Fenton glass because of its beautiful colors. Later they began to acquire pieces made by other glass companies, such as Westmore-land, Cambridge, Imperial, Northwood, Waterford, Pilgrim Cameo and others. Melvin will explain the different types of glass, the different types of minerals used to make the glass and the various methods employed to make them.

Program participants are welcome to bring their pieces of glassware for the Lamptons to discuss, though they will not appraise the monetary value of the pieces brought in.

This Lifelong Learning program will be held on May 7 at 2:30 p.m. in the Warrensburg Community Center’s Rooms B & C.

All Lifelong Learning programs are free and open to everyone.  Please join us!


This program is the last of program is our Spring 2015 ScheduleWe hope to see you at future LLL programs this coming fall.



Welcome to Lifelong Learning at the University of Central Missouri for the 2014-2015 school year!

September 2014  will mark the beginning of the 5th year of programming for Lifelong Learning (LLL) at UCM. The LLL board strives to provide community programs for continued learning. Programs are free and open to the community at large. They are designed to be of interest to people of various ages and educational levels. 

We thank all who have supported these programs in the past and welcome those who have not been able to attend. Please select a topic from our fall schedule and enjoy learning in a noncompetitive,  informal environment. No University affiliation is required to participate in our programming.

Deems Brooks, PhD
Lifelong Learning Coordinator


At the University of Central Missouri, LLL is supported by Extended Studies, and is affiliated with the Alumni Association, the Emeriti Association, and the James C. Kirkpatrick Library. In addition, the Trails Regional Library is a community affiliate.

The LLL motto is: “Community programs for continued learning for people of various ages.”  We look forward to seeing you at future programs.  All programs are free and open to the public.

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