Rare 1892 tower clock, long an exhibit at OMSI, looking for new home in Portland

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  1. ElectricTime

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    #4 Howard Movement in Portland looking for a new home.



    The museum called in a local group of clock and watch enthusiasts to help prepare it for storage. It will then go into a crate and sit in storage unless another venue wants it. Kerry Tymchuk, the executive director of the Oregon Historical Society, on Tuesday said he would explore whether the clock could go on display at the society’s museum.
     
  2. Peter A. Nunes

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    This is an extremely odd and unfortunate occurrence, fomented by ignorance of the local historic value of the clock. Sort of like the attitude of schools in Great Britain- the kids can't read analog clocks, so we'll simply replace them with digital clocks. Shortsighted small-mindedness.
     
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    The story in the newspapers about schools is what you would call fake news and what we call tabloid journalism. Find one example of something and call it a national trend. The Dept of Education mandates that students must be able to use analogue instruments as well as digital ones, so some sort of national trend report is simply nonsense.
     
  4. scootermcrad

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    Agreed. Strange. Almost like saying, "Young people don't appreciate this old stuff, so let's just get rid of it and not educate them."

    I'm sure the majority of us that frequent this forum are partial to the concept of getting all this out on display and educating people, ESPECIALLY young people. I've been trying to make a difference locally in my community, but I have to say it's challenging. There's definitely a generational gap of humans not getting educated on where we came from in the world of science and technology (for many reasons) and I find that horology and public time pieces are one of these topics.

    I really do hope this #4 finds a permanent venue to be displayed and doesn't end up in a crate in storage. It's an amazing time piece! Seems like NAWCC could help make arrangements here...
     
  5. bptanguay

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    What a great opportunity for a small historical Society to add this to their collection. An interactive display where visitors can stand next to the clock movement to see how it works, witness the weights as they move towards the ceiling, and feel the wind created when the bell begins to ring. We have one of the tower clocks in our Museum, The other one is in a private collection, but we are hoping it comes home when the time is right.
     

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