HILL - FULPER - STANGL

MUSEUM 
GRAND OPENING ANNOUNCEMENT!


Stangl's Flemington Outlet, 1965

 


Stangl's Flemington Outlet, now Pfaltzgraff, 2000

GRAND OPENING!  APRIL 15, 2000

 

    We have contracted with Pfaltzgraff, present owner of the original Stangl Pottery factory showroom and outlet, for the purpose of establishing an educational and historical Hill, Fulper and Stangl Pottery museum display.  Located in Flemington's Historic District at the corner of Stangl Road and Mine Street.

    

    This display is the most unique pottery display in existence.  It is housed in the last existing periodic kilns in the state of New Jersey.  Stangl Pottery established a small display of their manufacturing procedures in the largest kiln in 1950.  This display was a popular attraction for generations of Stangl shoppers.  "Boarded-up" since Stangl's close in 1978, we are reopening this kiln and will provide 144 square feet of glass showcases filled with historical products of the Hill, Fulper and Stangl Potteries.  This project is under the sole direction of Robert C. Runge Jr. and Diana E. Bullock-Runge.  Funding was provided through a private fund raising effort.


Stangl's original Kiln Display during the 1970s.

    The historical importance of this display is two-fold.   Stangl Pottery originated as Hill Pottery in 1814, and enjoyed a rise to prominence as Fulper Pottery when New Jersey was the ceramics capital of the nation.  Hundreds of kilns of this type were instrumental in establishing New Jersey as the nation's ceramics leader in areas such as Middlesex and Mercer Counties.  This display preserves these last remnants of our ceramic heritage in their original setting and outlines their original use.   

    Pfaltzgraff, as the oldest operating commercial pottery in the United States, understands the importance of preserving the history of the Hill, Fulper, Stangl Potteries, and the vitality they provided to the local community, the State of New Jersey and ultimately the whole nation.  This display showcases the work and output of these three pottery companies in an enlightening and vibrant panamorama.

    Pfaltzgraff generously extends a WELCOME! to all visitors.  The museum display will be open, at no charge, seven days a week, during normal Pfaltzgraff store hours.

    We are planning a "Block-Buster" Grand Opening celebration.  BALLOONS!  FOOD!  CELEBRITIES!!  
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Come see where history was made by the hands that made it important!

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