American Glass Guild




Jean M. Farnsworth – Chair of the Tour Committee


Jean M. Farnsworth is an independent stained-glass historian. Following her Masters Thesis on the nineteenth-century restoration of thirteenth-century mosaics in Rome, she began a study of stained glass with Census of Stained Glass Windows in America (CSGA) as that organization’s New Orleans area representative.   In 1989 she was elected to the CSGA Board of Governors, and in 1990 to serve as Assistant Director.  While working for the Philadelphia Historic Preservation Corporation, she developed and implemented a national grant-funded pilot project to survey Philadelphia’s stained-glass windows.  This project produced written and photographic surveys of 3,600 stained-glass windows, as well as a training manual distributed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Census of Stained Glass Windows in America: A Surveyor’s Guide.


She has taught courses, lectured extensively, and authored numerous professional papers on stained glass.  She is a contributing author and co-editor of Stained Glass in Catholic Philadelphia, 2002, included on Choice’s 2003 Outstanding Academic Title list. 


Much of her recent work is focused on America’s stained-glass pioneers.  This includes the in-depth reports “Understanding the American Stained-Glass Craft of the Pre-Civil War Years,”  and “Stained-Glass Windows at Lyndhurst, A National Historic Site: Three Generations of American Craftsmanship.”  She has recently been selected to receive a United States Capitol Historical Society Fellowship to study the stained-glass skylights and windows produced for the mid-19th century Capitol extension.










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