Midwest Region

For Midwest Region Club Update Information please contact Henry Hecker, Midwest Region Directorphantomhah@gmail.com

Henry Hecker, FOHBC Midwest Region Director, has been collecting pre-1910 Wisconsin bottles and utilitarian pottery since 1970 and is a charter member of the Milwaukee Antique Bottle & Advertising Club. Once an avid digger and lake mucker, today, he primarily searches flea markets, shows, shops, and house sales for new discoveries. A former marketing executive, Henry spends “retirement” with his wife, Diane, in Mukwonago, Wisconsin. He is a dedicated researcher of the history of his bottles and pottery, serving as program director for the Milwaukee antique bottle club and President of the Mukwonago Historical Society & Museum. He is leading an effort to expand and update the local museum and is one of the three contributors to the informational website on Wisconsin-made earthenware and stoneware, madefromclay.org, the undisputed authority on Wisconsin 19th-century potters. Henry and Diane have two sons, John and Erik, who are convinced Dad is certifiably insane because of his hobby.

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1stChicagoBottleClubLogo1st Chicago Bottle Club, Supporting antique bottle collectors in the greater Chicago area. President: John Panek, Vice-President: Mario Pisterzi, Contact: Ray and Peg Komorowski, 708.848.7947, PO Box 351, Western Springs, Illinois 60558.  midwestbottlednews@gmail.com, Newsletter: Midwest Bottled News, Newsletter Editor: Ray Komorowski. Show chairman Peg Komorowski. Meetings are held on the third Friday of the month at Hinsdale Covenant Church, 412 S. Garfield, Hinsdale Illinois 60521. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Visit: www.1stchicagobottleclub.com FOHBC Member Club


Antique Bottle Club of Northern Illinois, Serves collectors and enthusiasts of bottles and related memorabilia who reside in the greater northern Illinois area. President: Dan Puzzo, Newsletter Editor: Gregory Schueneman, Meeting Place: Antioch Senior Center, 817 Holbeck, Antioch, Illinois
, First Wednesday, 7:30 pm. Join the club: email Gregory Schueneman at anteak_gramps@yahoo.com, AntiqueBottleClubofNorthernIllinois.comFOHBC Member Club

Ball Jar Collectors, Facebook members:10,315, Contact: Marty A. Troxell, 137 W. Main Street, Cambridge City, Indiana 47327, Telephone: 765.478.3800, email: doublehead@myfrontiermail.com Online: Ball Jar Collectors, Show Date: June 11th, 2022, Show Location: 150 N. Foote St., Cambridge City, Indiana, 47327, Meeting Location: Facebook Day every day.

bottle clubCircle City Antique Bottle Club, The Circle City Antique Bottle Club has well-attended monthly meetings held on the last Wednesday of each month. Steve Lang is Club President (slang14@yahoo.com) and Vice President is John Brezko.   Club Contact is Martin Van Zant, Mooresville, Indiana, mdvanzant@yahoo.com. The Club newsletter editor is Martin Van Zant.  Show Chairman is Bill Granger. Our annual show is held in September at the Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds. FOHBC Member Club



Findlay Antique Bottle Club, The Findlay Antique Bottle Club was founded in 1976 by 5 passionate bottle collectors from the area. They presently have members from all over Northwestern Ohio and neighboring states. New members are always welcome! Members receive the club’s bi-monthly newsletter, Whittle Marks, with interesting articles and info. PO Box 1329, Findlay, Ohio 45839, 
Meeting Location: Student Union Building, Endly Room, University of Findlay, N. Main Street, Findlay, Ohio
, 2nd Sunday of the month at 7:00 pm. 
The annual show is held in October. See website for info. 
President: Richard Elwood. Contact: Show Chairman: Fred Curtis 419.424.0486 or Secretary: Marianne Dow 419.648.5600, finbotclub@gmail.com, 
Website: www.finbotclub.blogspot.com/ FOHBC Member Club

Flint Antique Bottle & Collectibles Club, c/o John Hartwell (President)
, 989.271.9193, 
Meeting place: Grand Blanc Heritage Museum, 203 Grand Blanc Road, Grand Blanc, Michigan, 
Second Thursday of the month from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, No meetings in June, July or August. 
Info and Newsletter Editors: Tim and Angie Buda, 989.271.9193, tbuda@shianet.org FOHBC Member Club

Huron Valley Bottle & Insulator Club, 
H.V.B.I.C. stands for Huron Valley Bottle & Insulator Club. They draw their members from Michigan. There are approximately 35 members, and dues are $15.00 per year. The club sends out a monthly newsletter and has monthly meetings except during the summer months. An annual show is held in the fall. Meetings are held every 2nd Monday of the month at 7:30 pm at First National Bank, 7950 Challis Rd, Brighton, MI 48116. They do a show and tell at the meetings and discuss insulator and bottle-related topics. You do not need to be a member to attend! For more information about our club and upcoming events visit their website at www.hvbic.org/ Call or write: Huron Valley Bottle & Insulator Club, c/o Shaun Kotlarsky, 2475 West Walton Blvd., Waterford, MI 48329-4435, 248-673-1650, hvbic@clubs.insulators.info (Shaun Kotlarsky)

Iowa Antique Bottleers – Organized in 1967, the Iowa Antique Bottleers (IAB) was the 13th charter member of the FOHBC. The first IAB Show & Sale was held at Boone, Iowa, in 1970, and they have had a show every year since, except during the Covid Pandemic. The club has also had a commemorative bottle produced every year since 1970. In 2022 they started an annual club display at the Iowa State Fair. The IAB is a club that seeks to promote, foster, and encourage the exhibiting, displaying, trading, collecting, and researching of antique bottles and other related vessels. The club provides a communication channel for those interested in antique bottles and brings together all who own or admire them in good fellowship. Club meetings are held four times yearly at various locations throughout the state, with the annual Show & Sale being held in June. The IAB newsletter is published monthly. Family/single membership dues are $15 per year. The IAB welcomes new collectors of all ages to our club and extends a friendly invitation to our club meetings. For more information or a free sample newsletter, contact: Iowa Antique Bottleers, c/o Mark C. Wiseman, 3505 Sheridan Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa, 50310-4577, email markcwiseman@msn.com, phone: 515.255.2620 (home) or 515.344.8333 (cell), IAB President: Joyce Jessen, 515.979.5216, FOHBC Member Club

Jelly Jammers – The Jelly Jammers are members of a club devoted to collecting American jelly glasses that were used to hold all types of jams and jellies. Some of these glasses were designed for home canning while others were sold commercially already filled with jelly. Many of the commercial jelly glasses could be reused by the homemaker as a jelly glass, drinking glass, or table accessory. Some of the jelly glasses are plain and utilitarian while others are quite ornate. This website is dedicated to sharing information about jelly glasses, providing a reference for jelly glass identification, and promoting the hobby of jelly glass collecting. Club President: Joe Coulson, Newsletter Editor: Marilyn Miller, 136 West Main St, Medway, Ohio 45341. The club generally meets in conjunction with the annual show of the Midwest Antique Fruit Jar & Bottle Club in January. website: Jelly Jammers Cupboard FOHBC Member Club

kalamazooBottleLogoKalamazoo Antique Bottle Club, 
Kalamazoo, Michigan c/o Allan Holden (Secretary) 2132 Chaparral, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006 or 269.685.1776. President: Rob Knolle. Vice-President: Vincent Grossi. Meeting Place: Otsego Historical Society Museum, 218 N. Farmer Street, Otsego, Michigan 49078. Meets second Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.   Newsletter Editor: Allan Holden, prostock@net-link.net for more information. Website: www.kalamazoobottleclub.org, FOHBC Member Club

Kansas Territory Bottle and Postcard Club, Stan Hendershot, Club President, Contact: Mike McJunkin, Show Chairman scarleits@cox.net FOHBC Member Club

Metropolitan Detroit Antique Bottle Club, Number of Members: 29, Contact: Michael Brodzik, President and Newsletter Editor, 47668 Sonnett Drive, Macomb, Michigan 48042, 586.219.9980, bottlemike@outlook.com, Show Date: November each year at the Royal Oak Elks Lodge #1523, 2401 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak, Michigan, Meeting Location: Sajo’s Restaurant, Fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm, 36470 Moravian, Clinton Twp., Michigan, Newsletter: The Slug Plate, Editor: Michael Brodzik FOHBC Member Club

Midwest Antique Fruit Jar & Bottle Club, The Midwest Antique Fruit Jar & Bottle Club is an organization of people interested in collecting and learning about fruit jars and bottles. While the club is headquartered in the Midwest (Indiana to be specific) we have members from all over the country. Club activities include Well-attended monthly meetings, The famous semi-annual Show & Sale, Award-winning monthly club newsletter Glass Chatter. Club President: Mike James, Newsletter Editor: Joe Coulson, 5209 N Oak Rd, Muncie, Indiana 47303, Meeting Time and Place: Generally held the first Sunday of the month at 1:30 pm in the Cantina at Minnetrista located in Muncie, Indiana.Website: www.fruitjar.org FOHBC Member Club

Minnesota First Antique Bottle Club, Attn: Steve Ketcham, PO Box 24114, Edna, Minnesota 55424, 952.920.4205 FOHBC Member Club

North Star Historical Bottle Association,  North Star Historical Bottle Club
 was founded in 1971 and meets the 3rd Sunday of the month, September through May – 7:00 pm, Hiawatha YMCA 4100 28th Avenue, S 
Minneapolis (across from Roosevelt High School, Lots of bottle sharing, programs, and fun
 (old advertising and stoneware too) For more information, please call 952.221.0915 or e-mail steve@antiquebottledepot.com. FOHBC Member Club


OhioLogoOhio Bottle Club – One of the largest and most active bottle clubs in the U.S. with about 200 family memberships. The Ohio Bottle Club (OBC) hosts one of the largest bottle shows in the country each May in Mansfield, Ohio, as well as frequently hosting a Fall show. Meetings are held at the Eagles Club on Rittman Road in Wadsworth, Ohio on the last Thursday of each month, and guests are always welcome. Meeting venues include educational seminars on the diverse bottles, collectibles, and other antique-related topics of interest, member sales tables, auctions, refreshments, and fellowship. OBC President: Ron Hands, Editor: Todd Knisley, Secretary: Terry Crislip, Treasurer: Judy Becker. For info on how to join, contact Judy Becker, PO Box 2199, North Canton, Ohio 44720. Newsletter: The Ohio Swirl. Website: www.ohiobottleclub.org. Details about the club’s new 2013 Milk Bottle Book can be found on the website. FOHBC Member Club

Southeast Kansas Bottle & Relic Club, 
c/o Cindy Robertson, 
612 E. 10th
, Chanute, Kansas 66720, 620.431.4636, robertsonsek@cableone.net , President: Ronald Anderson, 934 S. Lincoln, P.O. Box 281, Chanute, Kansas 66720, 
Meeting Place: North Malcolm Community Building, 
First Wednesday of the month, 7:30 pm.

St. Louis Antique Bottle Collectors Association, 
George Casnar, President, 4455 Helterbrand Road, Festus, Missouri 63028, 314.566.6289 cell gcasnar@yahoo.com. The show is always the 3rd Sunday in March at Orlando Gardens, 4300 Hoffmeister Road, St Louis, Missouri 63125. 130 sales tables, silent auctions, displays, kids enter free. The club meets 1st Tuesday at 6:30 pm and at Kirkwood Community Center, Room 302, Kirkwood, Missouri. FOHBC Member Club

Tulsa Antiques and Bottle Club, Number of Members: 60, Address: P.O. Box 470056, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74147, 918.663.3218, henrytankersley3@gmail.com, Website: tulsaantiquesandbottleclub.com, Show Date: June 18, 2022, Show Location, SageNet Center, Tulsa Fairgrounds, 21st and Yale Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74145, Meeting Location: Third Tuesday of the month, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Contact: Henry Tankersley, 5028 South 85th East Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74145, 918.663.3218, henrytankersley3@gmail.com, Newsletter Name: T-Town Antiques and Bottle News, Editor: Henry Tankersley, FOHBC Member Club

Wabash Valley Antique Glass & Pottery Club, Club for the antique bottle and pottery collectors along the Wabash Valley, Indiana in the Midwest. They are passionate about our hobby and have digs, finds, collections, shows, and other information that is useful to members and other bottle and pottery collectors. President: Bill Zwerner, 2521 N. 7th Street Terre Haute, Indiana 47804, Vice President: Jim Bledsoe, 10686 N. Co. Rd 750E, Shelburn, Indiana 47879. Meeting Place: Grand Travers Pie Factory, Terre Haute, Indiana on the third Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm, Family memberships are available for $20. Sponsors the Illiana Antique Bottle and Pottery Show and Sale every fall in Terre Haute, Contact: Marty Plascak at mplascak@ma.rr.com for more information, Newsletter: The Wabash Cannonball, editor Jerry Baker  website: Wabash Valley Antique Glass & Pottery Club FOHBC Member Club

West Michigan Antique Bottle Club, Attn: Elmer Ogg, 1591 Hendrick Road, Muskegon, Michigan, 49441 231.798.7335 FOHBC Member Club