The Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) is a national organization comprised of state chapters and individuals. All members of the RWCS are also members of the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation and have been instrumental in helping the Pottery Museum of Red Wing succeed. The Society was founded in 1977, ten years after the Red Wing Potteries closed. The Society strives to preserve the history and pottery that is Red Wing. Every year during the second full week in July, the RWCS sponsors the annual Red Wing Collectors Society Convention held in Red Wing, MN. The membership consists of over 3500 members in most states as well as Canada. Information about the Red Wing Collectors Society and the various state chapters can be found at www.redwingcollectors.org. There are numerous Red Wing organizations across the country, including the national Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) as well as state chapters. Red Wing Chapters from several states can be found on the RWCS web site. Other related organizations are listed below.
Additional Resources of Interest
Goodhue County Historical Society The mission of the Goodhue County Historical Society is to collect, protect, preserve and interpret materials relating to the natural and cultural history of Goodhue County and its people. The Historical Society Collections encompass more than 150,000 artifacts, detailing county history from its prehistory to the present. Special exhibits reflect the wide variety of items in collections, which include an extensive exhibit chronicling the clay and pottery industry in Goodhue County. Visit the Goodhue County Historical web site at: www.goodhuecountyhistory.org/
The Minnesota Historical Society The Minnesota Historical Society is a private, non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849 to preserve and share Minnesota history. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through interactive and engaging museum exhibits, extensive libraries and collections, 25 historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. The Minnesota Historical Society has an extensive web site at: www.mnhs.org
Northern Clay Center Northern Clay Center's mission is the advancement of the ceramic arts. Its goals are to promote excellence in the work of clay artists, to provide education opportunities for artists and the community and to encourage and expand the public's appreciation and understanding of all forms of the ceramic arts. The center officially opened in October, 1990. Visit the Northern Clay Center's web site at: www.northernclaycenter.org
Red Wing Dinnerware Todd Hintz and his wife Ivy Loughborough have developed an extensive site on the many patterns of Red Wing Dinnerware. Every pattern is represented in the site’s Master Index and the page is continually updated with new information about the various patterns. Visit the site at: www.redwingdinnerware.com
The Red Wing Collectors Society founded in 1977 is one of the oldest, continuous collector organizations. Every member of RWCS is also a member of the RWCS Foundation. Links to the RWCS website and other organizations and resources are shown below.