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Red Wing Pottery ‘Dump Diggers’ will Keynote 2013 RWCS Convention

by Special to WorthPoint (06/18/13).

Red Wing ‘Dump Diggers’ (from left) Paul Boudin, Connie Mathison, Dennis Nygaard, and Steve Showers will participate in the Red Wing Collectors Society’s convention keynote address on July 11. (Photo: Ruth Nerhaugen)

RED WING, Minn. – For decades, the Red Wing Pottery Dump Digger educational seminars have been standing-room-only at the annual Red Wing Collectors Society Convention. With many groundbreaking and exciting developments from the past year to report to Red Wing Collectors, the “diggers” will kick off the 2013 Convention—“Diggin’ Red Wing” —as the keynote presenters on Friday, July 11, at Red Wing High School in Red Wing, Minn.

The keynote session will be a panel of longtime dump diggers Steve Showers and Dennis Nygaard, along with newcomers Paul Boudin and Connie Mathison.

The RWCS annual convention, Diggin’ Red Wing, is slated for July 11-13, 2013 in Red Wing Minn.

Showers, who is known as the “Red Wing archeologist,” has more than 50 years of dump-digging stories to share. Nygaard joined Showers in the dump almost 40 years ago. Together, Showers and Nygaard have shepherded many interested diggers, sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with others.

Paul Boudin and Connie Mathison joined Showers and Nygaard shortly after joining the RWCS in 2007.

The keynote presentation will give convention attendees an opportunity to experience the lively discussion led by Glenn Beall, education manager. As moderator, Beall will guide the conversation and give each “digger” an opportunity to share experiences in the pottery dump and talk about their favorite finds. It’ll be a rare peek, providing a new look at the relationship of these dump enthusiasts.

Convention attendees are encouraged to submit their questions in advance to either Executive Director Stacy Wegner (director@redwingcollectors.org) or Beall (education@redwingcollectors.org). Submitted questions will be used in the forum discussion and in the question and answer session.

Supplement and read all the details. Convention supplements will be available starting at pre-registration on Wednesday, July 10, at the Pottery Place Annex, or at Red Wing High School throughout the convention. The Convention Supplement will also be inserted in the Red Wing Republican Eagle on July 10.

To see read more about the 2013 Convention Education Program visit the Education Page and Hands On Education.


The Red Wing Collectors Society was founded in 1977 in Red Wing, Minn. and is devoted to educating people about all American pottery. There are more than 4,000 members worldwide. The Red Wing Potteries had diverse pottery lines that included stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery. For more information or to become a member, call the RWCS business office at 800-977-7927, e-mail membership@redwingcollectors.org or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org. You can also follow the RWCS on Twitter and find them on Facebook.

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