The Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies (NCCS), was founded in 1994 by Renfrew Museum and Park’s Board of Directors (Waynesboro) and the Borough Council of Waynesboro and is governed by a board of seven volunteer directors.
The center is named for the late Emma Geiser Nicodemus, who established Renfrew Museum and its historic folk collection of the Bell family pottery as a bequest to the people of Waynesboro, Pa. The center was initially created to preserve and interpret the historic folk potteries of the Cumberland and Shenandoah Valleys.
Since its inception, NCCS has mounted 12 major exhibits (featuring the works of 42 historic folk potters) and conducted archaeological excavations of the John Bell and Daniel Baker Pottery Shops. A permanent collection of the historic folk pottery is located on the Penn State Mont Alto campus. Images of this collection are shown below.