CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Dean Six, a glass expert for Replacements, Ltd., in Greensboro. N.C.,  will present “Glass from the Mountain State: A Very Broad View of 200 Years” on Tuesday, Sept. 4, in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The 6 p.m. program is free and open to the public.

Six will discuss the number and location of glass factories, and the types of glass produced in West Virginia since 1813. He will relate information about specific factories and will have samples of glass available to view. Six also will address the numerous communities and towns in West Virginia where glass was made. He will explain why the state was a glass leader for decades and explore reasons for the demise of the industry in West Virginia.

Six is a native of Cairo, W.Va., and holds multiple degrees from West Virginia University. In addition to his work for Replacements, Ltd., he is the executive director of the Museum of American Glass in Weston, W.Va. He has curated more than a dozen museum exhibits and has appeared in several video and television documentaries about glass.

Six has written more than 200 articles for national and international periodicals, including Goldenseal magazine.He is the author of four major books on West Virginia glass, including his latest, West Virginia Glass Towns, published by Quarrier Press this year.

On Sept. 4, the library will close at 5 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for participants only.

For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the program, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, by e-mail at or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

The Archives and History Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday. The library is closed on Sunday.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The Division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the Division’s programs, events and sites, visit The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.