Featured Projects of Iowa Questers.
Preservation & Restoration
|This fund is at the heart of our Quester mission.
Grants are awarded in odd numbered years opposite International Quester grant years. Chapters apply for funds for a specific local restoration
or preservation task. Each application is carefully
reviewed to be sure that it meets the guidelines. The
guidelines that the committee uses when evaluating
the grants are very strict and in agreement with the
International Guidelines. The committee includes the
immediate past three state presidents. At State Day,
the grant checks are awarded. All chapters that receive
a grant have one year to complete the project and report
back to the Committee with proof of completion. Funds
come from individual and chapter contributions, proceeds
from the Ways and Means Committee, one half of the
overage from Area Days and State Day, and $1 from each
member's dues. Grants totaling $8,969.00 were awarded
at the 2013 State Day.
Gonterman Table Set
Brunnier Art Museum
Open regular hours
Tuesday-Friday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM,
Visit the museum website www.museums.iastate.edu/BAM.html or call 515-294-3342 for exceptions to the regular schedule as the museum may be closed under some circumstances.
In 1996, the Iowa Quester State Council voted to
approve an ongoing state project - the development
of the Iowa Quester Glass Collection. Joining in
partnership with Iowa State University Museums in
Ames, Iowa, our focus is on building a world-class
permanent glass collection, presenting major glass
exhibitions, and providing supportive educational
programs for Questers and the general public. Since
its humble beginning of seven glass objects donated
in the first year, the collection has grown to hundreds
of glass examples of various forms and manufacture.
Housed in the Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums
on the campus of Iowa State University, the collection
is supported by monetary donations for acquisitions
and education as well as glass objects donated by
individuals and Quester Chapters. Exhibits and corresponding
seminars that have occurred to date: The Golden
Age of Art Glass (1999); The Brilliant Period of
American Cut Glass (2003),
The Evolution of American Pressed Glass: 1825-1925 ( 2008); and Novelities is the Norm in Early American Pattern Glass (2013). Our newest exhibit it titled Sophisticated Simplicity, Selections from the Iowa Quester Collection. It includes the pieces of Pleat and Panel, original manufacture names Derby.
In 2000, Iowa Questers raised funds to purchase
the collection's signature glass object (pictured
left), a Brilliant Period monumental cut glass vase
in Empress Pattern manufactured by Quaker City Glass
Company, Philadelphia, circa 1905. The Iowa Quester Glass Committee has been fortunate to receive several large collections in the past few years. We now have over 1,000 items in our collection.
The Brunnier Art Museum
Iowa State University
Starting in January 2010 and continuing for 5 years
Iowa Questers glass will be featured in one or both
glass cases at the museum entrance.
The beautiful and rare complete table set with celery vase (pictured) has been purchased with funds from our current State Presidents’ project. The pattern is Duncan No. 95 as the original manufacturer’s name but more commonly known as Gonterman. It was manufactured by George Duncan’s Sons, c. 1887-1890 in Pittsburgh, PA.
Iowa Questers have supported many projects at Terrace
Hill the Governor’s Mansion. A recent project that Questers contributed to was towards the restoration of the 1928 swimming pool that was installed on the grounds while Grover Hubbell occupied Terrace Hill. $1,170 was given by Questers to repair and install the three historic art glass light fixtures in the pool house. Questers volunteer in many ways and assist in decorating
the main floor for the holiday season. The Quester
Christmas Tree with antique ornaments, surrounded
by late 1800's toys is perfectly fitting in the family
parlor. Recently a vintage feather tree was purchased
and is decorated and displayed during the Holiday
Season. Iowa Questers have been generous with their
time, talent and contribution to Terrace Hill.
There are two opportunities to support the Terrace
Hill Funds. You may designate your gift to the Pre-1900
Ornament Fund or the General Restoration Fund.
4H Preservation & Restoration
Iowa Questers recognize Iowa's youth through a 4H
Preservation and Restoration Award annually at the
Iowa State Fair. Three awards are presented, each
receiving a medallion and certificate of recognition.
Each award winner may designate a museum
or historical society to receive a monetary
gift in his/her name. The first place award is a $100 donation and second and third place winners ear $50 donations in their name.
Criteria for the award are that the participant's
project will follow the requirements of 4H and the
Iowa State Fair. It must be a restored item, it must
include a written report telling the history of the
item and the steps and process used to restore it.
Pictures of the restoration should be a part of the
report. Judging will be by the quality of workmanship
in preserving and restoring the item and the written
report accompanying it.
There are many 4H classes where our Questers Award
fits. Historical/Family Heritage Class, wood refinishing
and photography are examples. 4H judges pick top
projects and the Quester Award will be chosen from
that group. The Awards are presented during the Iowa
Recent projects have included the restoration of
The 1st Iowa Regiment Co. B Flag from the Civil War,
selected rare examples of Early American Pressed
Glass for the Iowa Questers Glass Collection at the
Brunnier Art Museum and acquiring examples for the
Textile Collection at Iowa State University, ranging
from handmade feed sack clothing to a Halston designer
2016 will be a special year for Iowa Questers as we will turn 50 and will also be hosting the International Convention that year. Our current president (2013/2015) would like to recommend the acquisition of a historical piece or pieces of glass, colored and/or cut to honor the Iowa Questers “50th Anniversary” as well as the “Iowa International Convention.” These objects will be funded by chapter contributions, accrued interest and any monies voted by the Executive Board from the General Fund for this project.
Project: Hamill 2011/2013
This president encouraged chapters to seek local Preservation & Restoration projects to adopt due to damage to historic venue suffered by recent natural disasters in the State. She adopted the International Quester agreement with the National Trust that gave Questers the opportunity to use the National Trust promotional sign “THIS PLACE MATTERS”
Project: Slight - 2009 / 2011
Going Green emphasis during this President’s term implemented practices within the organization’s administration to reduce expenses. With the further development of this website, Quester forms and informational material that formerly were printed and mailed to all chapters bi-annually were made available for Iowa Questers by accessing the members’ only portion of the website. One of four state board meetings each year was held online to lower mileage expense. This, in combination with mailing and printing costs greatly reduced, and allowed more funds to support the State Grant program and established State Projects. Begun in 2009, these cost saving practices continue to be effective today.
Project: Hill - 2007 / 2009
Roy Halston Frowick was born in
Des Moines, Iowa, in 1932. In the 1950s he launched
his dressmaking career. Opening his own salon in
1968, Halston became one of the most acclaimed designers
of the 1970s. His designs were classically simple,
elegant, and chic. Iowa Questers purchased this
1970 hand beaded Halston evening gown that had only
been worn once in a fashion show for the Clothing
and Textile Museum at Iowa State University in Ames,
Project: Goble - 2005 / 2007
This 1880’s compote in the Frosted Ribbon pattern
with a Rebecca at the Well stem was manufactured
by Bakewell Pears & Company. It was the first
item selected for acquisition and preservation of
Early American Pressed Glass. Iowa Questers raised
funds for this and other rare examples of early American
pressed glass for the development of the Iowa Questers
glass collection. In 2008, Iowa Questers in conjunction
with the Brunnier Art Museum at Iowa State University
hosted an exhibit “The Evolution of American Pressed
Glass - 100 years, 1820-1920.
Project: Baker - 2003 / 2005
photo: Tim Abramowitz
The silk Civil War battle flag of the Hawkeye Rangers,
Company B, 1st Iowa Volunteer Cavalry, has an unusual
painted eye and was made by the women in Lyons (what
is known as Clinton today). It measures 29x42-inches
and the flag is part of the State Historical Society’s
Iowa Battle Flags Project. A hawk, 34 stars, and
words “We will meet you at the Border” are on the
Iowa Questers raised funds for the flag restoration
in addition to an International Questers preservation
and restoration grant that was received by two Iowa
Chapters, Captain Greeley #871 of Ames and Artifacts
and Old Lace #524 of Des Moines. The cost for the
complete restoration of the Hawkeye Banner flag was
We accept contributions for these funds in
the form of donations and gifts. All contributions should
be in the form of a check made out to Questers of Iowa
and clearly marked with a notation for the fund. Iowa Questers
is a 501c3 organization and tax deductions are allowed
to the limit specified by the tax code. Please contact
us for more information.