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A YEAR IN REVIEW
“Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigour. With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.”
- Charles Dickens
Dear NAWCC Friends and Members:
2017 – 2018 Year in Review
As the tail of the 2018 dog of Father Time wags its canine possessor to sleep, it may be a good time to reflect on some of “what the dog brought home” to the NAWCC community over the last 12 to 16 months, as a final wrap for the calendar year. We enjoyed a “well-spent” year or so of advances and achievements that warrant a recollection and a re-canting of some of these notable occurrences. Regular events that happen every year at HQ include the NAWCC Museum hosting a number of monthly horology talk/presentations, featuring a TimeTalk on Saturdays and a LunchTime presentation at the museum on Wednesdays at noon. Here’s a sampling of the other, unique NAWCC coverages, appearances, activities, and events that occurred over the last year or so:
September 2017 take off started with visiting my first official NAWCC Regional, the MKOA in Carthage, Missouri and then returning to Queens, New York for the NAWCC appearing at the Maker Faire with Bob Frishman and Dug North. Meanwhile, Cloktoberfest was happening in Columbia, PA on the NAWCC campus. Hamilton Watch was also in town this month, celebrating its heritage in Lancaster at Brent L. Miller’s, with the NAWCC Museum setting up a mini-exhibit and show case of artifacts and archival materials to dress up and support our Hamilton partner event.
October 2017 launched into a visit to meet Stu Gottdenker and his lovely wife, Donna, for the first time. Stu and the NAWCC were re-establishing our relationship over the phone and this was the first time to see the famed, Stu Gottdenker Collection at the donor’s home (now on exhibit in the Museum as part of its collection). Then it was on to attend and participate at the AWCI annual convention and meet with our close cousins (and fellow NAWCC/AWCI members) to build stronger ties. Seiko was next in Lancaster at the Brent L Miller’s shop on exhibition tour of its Grand Seiko brand and to showcase the Zspace 3-D Virtual Reality Software experience (now also on display and residing at the NAWCC Museum, courtesy of Seiko Watches. The Mid-Eastern Regional was soon to follow in York, PA and discussions began with the
November 2017 started back again with Stu Gottdenker and Jay Dutton, NAWCC volunteer, to pack up and deliver Stu’s donated collection back to the NAWCC Museum. The Extra-Ordinary Give night at the Museum and Library with volunteers assessing attendee’s clocks and watches, happened mid-month. Dell Deaton stopped by to give a lecture on the James Bond Watch, to highlight the museum exhibition of his collection of James Bond watch-wear and ephemera. The end of the month brought the NAWCC Board meeting to the headquarters for its meeting, just in time for the National Watch and Clock Museum to celebrate it’s 40th Anniversary with a special night event sponsored and attended by RGM Watches, Hamilton, and F. P. Journe Watches. Roland G. Murphy created a special Museum 40th Anniversary watch, donated for auction, to support the museum’s work.
December 2017 saw the Board leave Columbia, and Chapter 1 hold its regular meeting nearby, with NAWCC Chair Richard Newman, giving a presentation on Robert Leslie, very early colonial clock and watch maker associated with Philadelphia, but not well known, until researched thoroughly by Newman. December also hosted Ju-Ping and the award-winning NakedEye ensemble touring the NAWCC museum to collect and compile pictures, sounds, and inspiration for it “Time’s Illusion” commissioned musical project to compose, perform, and record horological-birthed melodic, original pieces. A quick visit with member and
Development meeting, to discuss the potential benefits the NAWCC offered to the local community.
January 2018 began with a visit from the well-known watch enthusiast promotional group Worn & Wound founders Zach Weiss and Blake Malin (James Helms could not attend) to get their first, on-site taste from the NAWCC horology menu of knowledge and information and speak about their experience in their podcast. The middle of
During the short month of February 2018, a lot still transpired. Pam Lindenberger
March 2018 began with the NAWCC Museum partnering with Hamilton and
During April 2018 preparations were well underway for the upcoming 2018 National Convention in York, PA and the 75th Anniversary celebrations of the NAWCC. Interviews and filming had progressed for donated-in-kind “We Share the Stories of Time” memorial video produced for the celebrations. We took trips to visit with 102-year’s young, active member Dan Weiss in Philadelphia, PA and NAWCC member T. Irven Eldridge, III, member since 1946, of Havertown, PA for appearances in the film, reminiscing about their history with the community. Next, onto Ohio for the Southern Ohio Regional and York, PA for collaborative discussion with the Train Collector’s Association, at their local, large, regional convention. There were also meetings with the Smithsonian Institute and The National Pawnbroker’s Association.
At this time, the gifts, bequests, pledges, and planned giving donations for reaching our $7.5 Million 1st Step Goal in funding our For All Time Endowment Campaign total goal towards $40 Million began to grow in number and size. More members and friends responded to the call and increased their participation as we quickly climbed from about $5.5 to $6.5 Million in a few short months. Very generous and creative donors used estate planning methods to increase their planned giving by several 100,000’s and pledges to include Real Estate worth $250,000 and outright amounts of $500,000 (from the family of D. L Hourglass), as well as faithful individual and chapter contributors adding in their numerous $50, $100, $500, $1,000, $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000 dollar gifts moved us closer and closer.
May 2018 provided a donor-sponsored trip for the NAWCC to attend the Antiquarian Horological Society’s Annual Meeting in Keele, UK and meet with our fellow horologists across the pond, as well as hold discussions with the British Museum and
AutomataCon is a convention of and for artists, collectors, historians, and enthusiasts of automatons and related kinetic and gear working art. It was a three-day event held at and in conjunction with the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey, home of the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata. The goal of the convention is to gather people from around the world to share ideas, build relationships, and grow interest in automata new and old. Displaying and presenting on their watch and clock gear-inspired creations during the event were NAWCC clockmaker members Dug North and Randall Cleaver.
The NAWCC was also invited to, and given a booth, at the 2018 San Francisco Worn & Wound Wind-Up Watch Exhibition. NAWCC members and wrist watch aficionados Mike Dayton, John Kirk, and David Walter represented the NAWCC before a packed house of 10,000 visitors that weekend. Thanks guys!
June 2018 witnessed the NAWCC HQ Team buckling down for the National Convention week coming to town. Game plans, schedules, play books, and hired vendors were meticulously arranged, hired, and organized by HQ team members, partnering with our hard-working Convention Committee and their volunteers, pitching in and supporting the effort with long hours of preparation and financial investments into the facilities, supplies, and festivities, to ensure this week-long event of our members “coming home” to Columbia and York, would be the most memorable trip they would ever experience. Hamilton CEO Sylvain Dolla and US Brand President Murielle Raveloson paid us a pleasant visit for a tour and the Museum hosted a LunchTime presentation of the new, Seiko Zspace 3D, Virtual Reality watch design software, to be featured during the Convention Week, and featured with its designer/creator Hiroaki (Harry) Kobari, General Manager of the Seiko Watch Corporation, Tokyo, Japan.
July 2018 welcomed our entire membership to the NAWCC Museum, Library, and headquarters by encouraging them to contribute to the Campaign and be invited to join us to celebrate the NAWCC’s 75th Anniversary and For All Time Evening Event recognizing our generous Campaign supporters and faithful community of horologists. The week of July 15th was going to be quickly upon us with many NAWCC classes and workshops beginning on that Monday. However, the week before then, the NAWCC and Jeff Hess arranged to attend the National Pawnbroker’s Association Annual Convention for Jeff to present the NAWCC Luxury or Lie program to the attending Pawnbroker members and promote the NAWCC membership and services.
On the week of July 15th, the NAWCC, Inc. pulled off one of the best and most well-received, supported, and attended National Convention and celebratory events week in its 75 year history. On July 18th, we were visited by an early morning News Crew from one of the major affiliates in the region, to cover our big week. Later that day, another NEWS Crew from another affiliate spent many hours following and covering the event and the attendees. And there was a lot to cover.
Our For All Time Endowment and Capital Campaign reached and exceeded its interim $7.5 Million goal by the 75th Anniversary Celebration Event on the evening of July 18, 2018, due to a generous, New Hampshire Horologist making a last minute, $1 Million pledge to the endowment, as part of a larger, estate planning donation he has made of his entire estate, including residential and commercial real estate, to the NAWCC.
Many wonderful and special exhibits, presentations, receptions, sponsorships, visiting horological guests, awards, banquets, and celebrations occurred. We had a specially commissioned 18-minute professional video on The NAWCC, We Share the Stories of Time, and donated to the event and featured during week that started with the For All Time Reception. It hosted presentations, special guest attendances and sponsorships by Seiko, Hamilton, RGM Watches, Vortic Watches, the Morris Museum, the Willard House and Museum, the Bristol, CT American Watch and Clock Museum, the West Coast Watch and Clock Museum, the Seiko Museum, , sponsorships by Hamilton, RGM, Vortic, and others. A special, 75th Anniversary RGM chronograph was donated by Roland Murphy to the Museum to be auctioned off over the week.
Another special video taping of For All Time Chair George Goolsby was shown making special announcement and toast on reaching our goal of $7.5 Million for The NAWCC For All Time Campaign. The next day was the Member All Day Convention Welcome at the museum with numerous exhibits and presentations on carriage clocks, banjo clocks, chronograph wristwatches, American Clocks, Richard Ketchen original clocks and handiwork, the Stu Gottdenker collection and ending with a wonderful dinner. Presentations were made honoring our veteran and service members by Retired Brigadier General Jim Price and honoring Stu Gottdenker made by Jerry Maltz and NAWCC volunteer Jay Dutton. Later, more presentations were offered in the evening during the renaming the Library reception in honor of Fortunat Mueller-Maerki, with Master of Ceremonies Robert Cheney, Jim Cipra, and Philip Poniz making the final presentations for the day.
The official, 2018 National Convention in York began on Friday, ended on Sunday, and hosted many wonderful, educational programs by Mark Frank, Philip Poniz, Jim Cipra, John Hubby, Doug Minty, and Richard Ketchen to name a few. We received close to $10,000 on the spot donations from members during the week in the form of checks and other donations. The member attendance rate was over 12%, a new record with over 1,500 registered attendees. We raised over $120,000 from the proceeds of the Convention for the NAWCC, with over $225,000 in Revenue, another record! Thanks to all those volunteers, staff, Convention Committee, Chapter and exhibit leaders, and all the sponsors, supporters, advertisers and participants for making this one of the most memorable weeks in NAWCC history.
But the month of July was not over. Meetings and planned partnering discussions were held with Vortic Watches on a new, donated Harley-Davidson restored vintage 1920’s South Bend Watch Company movement into a wristwatch, covered in the September addition of Hog Magazine published by Harley and subsequent November Revolution Watch Culture magazine coverage of the NAWCC and it museum, with full quotes from NAWCC and the watch auctioned and proceeds donated to the NAWCC Museum. The old month ended and the new month began with a visit to Upper New York, with stops at the home of Janet and Russ Oechsles, the Cog Counters Chapter meeting, and attending the Eastern States Regional in Syracuse. . Meghan Kennedy joined us in the summer as the new, part-time Collections Assistant to Kim Jovinelli, our Museum Curator.
Summer was still heating up in August, 2018, leaving the Eastern States Regional after experiencing a superb exhibit and presentation of the Massachusetts shelf clock by John and John Alexander Delaney, featuring the fine collection of John Sr.’s (much appreciated that he shared it with us.) Additional visits were made and discussions held for plans to build out the NAWCC educational programs starting with a drop in at the workshop of, and introduction to, Dave Lindow in the Poconos, PA, then the workshop of Lilli Von Beyer in Philadelphia, and mixing in meetings with convention and association management software vendors and contractors. The month ended with beginning to plan and organize a significant, future exhibit at the museum. It began with meeting one of our more astute member collectors, visiting his home and seeing his artifacts, of which he is loaning most of his collection for this exhibit, and then visiting some of the locations associated with the subject of the exhibition, scheduled for October, 2019. The month ended with attending and presenting at the Mid-South Regional in Chattanooga.
September, 2018 said good bye to the summer and hello to the NAWCC Ward
Somewhere in between the NAWCC accepted an invitation from Euromonitor International to provide a 30 minute interview on the luxury watch industry and trends affecting it. Consulted for advice and input were various of our many wristwatch expert members including John Reardon, Jeff Hess, and Philip Poniz, providing useful background information in preparation for the interview. A visit to a Chapter 141 meeting in Maryland rounded out the month.
October, 2018 was not to be bested by her brother and sister months. The NAWCC visited the “Wheels and Watches” show in Ardmore, PA hosted by Philadelphia based Govberg Jewelers, now fully engaged in the vintage watch trade and sell business.
During the month, film maker Michael Culyba stopped by the museum to research and film promotional live feeds during a tour of the
October also welcomed numerous new hires. Emily Immel began as the new, full time Education Programs Coordinator under the umbrella and banner of the NAWCC School of Horology. She works among all the areas of the NAWCC organization, focusing on the planning, development, organization, support, implementing, and marketing of all educational assets, including our products, services, programs, and events. Also joining in October was Corinne Dedrick as the Ad Services Coordinator and Education Assistant, providing customer service to our current advertisement program and clients, recruiting new ad customers, and providing support to the Education Programs.
Getting closer and closer to the end of the year, November, 2018 was not going to slow down. Blake and Zach, our friends at Worn & Wound, did not have extra room for us at the NYC Wind Up Watch event to offer us a booth, but our other good friends at Vortic Watch and RT Custer, shared a bit of their space for the NAWCC to greet our friends, and display the Vortic-restored, re-purposed, original, circa 1920 South Bend Indiana Watch Co. pocket watch movement featuring a Harley-Davidson logo in a wrist watch. The funds raised went to support future research projects and exhibits featuring historical watches like this one at the NAWCC.
Vortic-restored, re-purposed, original, circa 1920 South Bend Indiana Watch Co. pocket watch movement featuring a Harley-Davidson logo in a wrist watch. The funds raised went to support future research projects and exhibits featuring historical watches like this one at the NAWCC.
Later that next week, the Vortic HDWatch Auction went live at the NAWCC Museum “Whiskey and Watch” special event on Thursday night, November 8, 2018. The Watch Auction remained open for 10 days thereafter, when the gavel closed on over $3,000 in donated funds to the museum work. The following week, many NAWCC volunteers, including Jay Dutton, Bd Member Philip Morris, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraiser Ralph Pokluda, and ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraiser and Willard House and Museum Director Robert Cheney all descended on the NAWCC Museum and HQ to help out in evaluating and documenting the Stu Gottdenker Collection, among other things.
Meanwhile, off site, John Cote, Board member and watch enthusiast, was enlisted to talk with the Wall Street Journal for an article on the G-Shock watch relevant to the high-end watch alternatives. On Thursday, Brian Reed’s Serial and This American Life offices welcomed Philip and I in NYC to discuss and negotiate the NAWCC Museum hosting an exhibit at the end of 2019 on the horological genius and work product of the personality, John B. McLemore, subject of the national and world-wide phenomenon titled the “S***TOWN podcast series, downloaded by over 100 Million subscribers in less than 2 years.
Friday morning had a production team from Hearst TV on-site filming a mini-documentary about the National Watch and Clock Museum and horology in general for the on-line STITCH video series, planned to be released in January or February of 2019. The evening was devoted to the NAWCC annual Extraordinary Give fundraising event: “Tell me about my Clock and Watch” program at the Museum. Antiques Roadshow Clock Experts Robert Cheney and Ralph Pokluda wiped their hands, brushed off the dust, and jumped into action (without the TV cameras) assisted by watch expert and long-time volunteer library researcher, Don Dahlberg, to identify and give a full scale evaluation of the watches and clocks that are audience brought in.
November also featured Claire Moclock joining us as the first, Hamilton Watch Collections Research Fellow. The NAWCC National Watch & Clock Museum, in partnership with Hamilton Watch Company, has established the first NAWCC Hamilton Collections and Archives Research Fellowship, generously funded by Hamilton Watch. Claire brings a level of experience and expertise in digital image technology that is a perfect fit for her role in helping the NAWCC conserve, preserve, and make accessible the priceless Hamilton archive and artifact collections we have.
Given time and length challenges, I will re-print some items called “REWINDS” and leave some blank called “NEXT TIME”.
Traveling workshop arrives in Florida for all you snow birds!
F101 - Introduction to Basic Time & Strike...The American Kitchen Clock class
Jan 31-Feb 3, 2019 in Shalimar, Florida with Instructor Gary Combs.
The cost per student will be $300 for members, and $350 for nonmembers. A $40 material fee will be collected in class.
For the class overview and tool list see: https://nawcc.org/images/stories/education/F101.pdf
Contact NAWCC Education Programs Coordinator with registration questions at 717-684-8261 ext. 237 or email Education@nawcc.org. If you have questions about the class contact Pete Cronos at email@example.com.
Registration cut off will be January 11th.
GIVE THE GIFT OF TIME: For the Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, any occasion! NAWCC’s first time, $52 membership makes a great seasonal gift or thoughtful end-of-year thank you to anyone. The First Time Membership can be given to someone who has never enjoyed membership in the NAWCC. It runs for a full year with hard copy publications and all the privileges and benefits of a regular membership. Call Membership at 717-684-8261 to order your gifts before the Christmas rush!
GLOBAL TIME ZONES
The John Harrison Statue Project is launched by Harrison’s hometown as a way to celebrate the village carpenter turned clockmaker who solved the greatest problem of his age. The community group in his village of Barrow-upon-Humber is now raising funds for a life-sized statue to stand in the Market Place. Support has been forthcoming from near and far, in small amounts and large, from the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers to the local newsagent, from Trinity House to the Primary School. Further financial support is still needed to see John Harrison stand in the centre of his home village. More information, including how to donate by becoming a Friend, Supporter or Patron, can be found on the website www.betterbarrow.org/donate.
CHECKING IN AT COLUMBIA
We are expanding our programs, events, and services to reach into the future and remain
September 12–15, 2019 at the GERMANISCHES NATIONALMUSEUM NÜRNBERG
TIME AFTER TIME: NAWCC'S future
"BRING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME!"
THIS IS STILL GOING FORWARD AND WEST COAST CHAPTERS ARE MOVING AHEAD ON THIS NATION-WIDE NAWCC CAMPAIGN!
Schools have been full scale removing analogue clocks from our children's and our children's classrooms, further destroying any interaction or even familiarity of our young population with the hands and faces of time pieces. With no understanding of what an analogue clock or watch is, does, looks like, or knowing how to "use it", (i.e. tell time) analogue time pieces will become useless and irrelevant to our future society.
If we are to further perpetuate our passion, hobby, community, education, science, business, interest, knowledge, and technological advancement in horology, we MUST take action now and "Bring Back the Hands of Time!"
As school starts up again, we will be discussing an idea of a campaign for all chapters to participate. It would involve each chapter getting connected with a local school to donate a clock or clocks with hands and a face to a classroom or classrooms and the class adopt the clock and give it a name. Chapter volunteers could then work with the classes and "bring back the hands of time" to school children to teach them how to read clocks, like all of us had when we went to school.
We need help in putting together a curriculum and a user-friendly program that all Chapters can use uniformly, including how to sell this idea to your local schools, contacting and engaging the press and other local media outlets, getting FBI and other "work with children" clearances, and reaching out to nonmembers in the community that should be as concerned, if not more concerned, with this disastrous turn-of-events for the education, or lack thereof, for children telling time and knowing what a clock is!
Look for further announcements and details on a proposed, nation-wide (and possibly world-wide) chapter campaign to right a wrong and stop the tide on the further erosion of our culture's and society's appreciation, understanding, and need for gear working, face showing, hands moving clocks and watches!!!!!
Count-UP on the For All Time and Other Campaigns
Underway now is our Annual Appeal: Partners in Time which focuses on giving for today: gifts of cash and liquid assets meeting our financial needs today to keep the lights on, pay our bills, provide our events and programs, and keep our publications, education, museum, library, and archives available for the members and the public. Any extra way you contribute a donation made by becoming a contributing membership (Brass, Silver, Gold, Diamond, etc.) or paying an amount over and above your membership fee, also goes into running our daily motors in Columbia, PA.
TIME OUT AND ABOUT
NAWCC and its MEMBERS in the NEWS!
CLOCKS IN THE NEWS
Moments from the NAWCC History Book
STEPPING BACK IN TIME
May Father Time lay his hand lightly upon your head and leave your hearts and spirits young and in full vigour this coming year. May 2019 start and leave you with his blessing of a quiet calendar of well spent and enjoyable living.
We are the world's largest museum, research library, educational institution, and international community dedicated to clocks, watches, time, and timekeeping.
We are committed to being the premier educator and advocate for horology and everyone interested in the stories of time.
We share the stories of TIME…
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