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Stained Glass, the Language of Light

November 18, 2023 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm

Did you know Columbus played a pivotal role in the U.S. stained-glass industry? Don’t miss the chance to explore stained glass history, science, and evolution, gain insights into stained window restoration, and delve into case studies of completed projects.

Our featured speaker, Megan McElfresh, Executive Director of the Stained-Glass Association of America and a respected third-generation stained-glass artisan, will present. Following her presentation, enjoy guided tours of two stunning downtown churches and Green Lawn Abbey.

The Stained-Glass Association of America, established over a century ago in Columbus, was created to promote and safeguard the art of architectural stained glass. Its journal, in publication since 1906, serves as a valuable resource for historians and enthusiasts, documenting the technical, artistic, and educational aspects of architectural glass.


Opening Reception
Friday, November 17
6-8 PM
Garden Manor
108 N 20th Street

Step into the welcoming embrace of The Garden Manor, home to Al Waddell and Alan Baker. Here, you’ll discover not only remarkable architecture and exquisite stained glass but also the genuine warmth and generosity of hosts, Al and Alan.

Opening reception sponsored by:

Saturday, November 18, 10 AM
First Congregation Church
444 E. Broad St.

Lunch (optional)
12 Noon
First Congregation Church

Guided Tours
1-3 PM
Location one: First Congregation Church
444 E. Broad St.

Location two: Broad Street Presbyterian Church
760 E Broad St

Location three: Green Lawn Abbey
700 Greenlawn Ave.

Join the captivating tour led by Megan McElfresh as she unveils the mesmerizing stained glass of First Congregational Church. Afterward, venture to the magnificent Broad Street Presbyterian Church where you’ll view its exquisite Tiffany windows. To conclude this artistic journey, a brief drive will take you to Green Lawn Abbey where Abbey President Kate Matheny will lead a tour of the Abbey and the many stunning windows of this magnificent place. Kindly arrange for your own transportation to these enchanting tour locations.

Tour Closing Reception
3:00 PM
Light refreshments will be served.

Opening Reception $50
Program and Tour $35
Program Only $5
Optional Box Lunch $15

Purchase Tickets

The Green Lawn Abbey Preservation Association, a nonprofit formed in 2008, is an all-volunteer organization working to preserve the Abbey, listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural significance. The Association conducts programs and events to raise awareness of the Abbey and to raise funds for its preservation. We are proud to sponsor this informative program.

This event was funded in part by an Ohio Humanities Spark Grant.

Curious about other grants? Visit our calendar or browse our list of grantees!

$5 – $50 Prices may include the program, tour, and a few options for provided meals.

Greenlawn Abbey


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First Congregation Church

444 E. Broad St
Columbus, Ohio 43215 United States
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541 West Rich Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Office: 614.461.7802