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0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff8c900000 When you’re just driving by, they all look pretty much the same.“The green and white markers everyone sees around our highways; to mark important events, important people, important things about New Hampshire.”When you look a little closer, you find each of the state’s 236 historical markers tells a unique story. In this series, Michael Brindley tells some of those stories.

Marking History: Stoddard Glass

For a 31-year period in the 19th century, glass making was the heart of the economy in the small town of Stoddard.

Factories there made everything from whiskey flasks to ink wells and at their peak, each produced a million bottles a year.

Pieces of Stoddard Glass have since become highly collectible and highly valuable antiques.

As part of our ongoing series, NHPR’s Michael Brindley visits Stoddard and talks with historian Alan Rumrill about glassmaking in the town and how much the rarest of the Stoddard glass pieces are worth today.

Stoddard isn't the only New Hampshire town with a history of making glass.
Alan Rumrill describes the collection of Stoddard glass at the town's historical society building.

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