On June 16 and 17, the Dover Museum will be celebrating Iowa Museum Week with a special, free, display of marbles, both old and contemporary hand blown examples, by Mark Matthews to appreciate and enjoy.
They will have sulfides, swirls and benningtons. Marble game boards, baskets of marbles and individual specimens will be included in this colorful display.
The first mass produced marbles made in the United States were made of clay in Akron, Ohio. Some of the first mass produced glass marbles were made by James Leighton. Today there are only two American-based toy marble manufacturers: Jabo Vito in Reno, Ohio and Marble King in Paden City, W. Va.
The museum is open from 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The marble exhibit will be extended through July 1. To view the display other times, please call 319-367-2573.