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Weekly News 5/12/19

05.12.19- You are receiving this email as a courtesy of the author, or as a member and friend of the NAWCC. You can also view this Sunday message, with all the pictures, on the NAWCC
website under the Message Board. Also access former emails. SEE BELOW for more details.

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.

Mark Twain

Dear Friends, Members, and Participants in the NAWCC Community:

Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers out there. Last week we quoted Mark Twain and this week we repeat his axioms, but focusing on Mother's Day this week, Twain's words are more akin to tongue in cheek rather than tear on cheek. There are the sentimental memories we have of our mothers’ love and devotion to us, and then there are the practical ways in which they worked miracles in us.

I know my mom had a great deal of trouble with me, but I am not quite sure she enjoyed all of it. However, on this day we recognize all the hard work and patience our mothers invested into our lives, through thick and thin, and not necessarily because they enjoyed it. We remember how much they put up with our attitudes, gave so much of themselves to make sure we were taken care of, and ensured that we learned how to function and succeed in life.

Why did they put us before themselves? Was it their sense of duty? Was it an innate instinct that pushed them into service? Was it succumbing to societal pressure that motivated their dedication? Or was it a choice of the will, knowing that it was the right thing to do and that the betterment and best interests of another were more important than their own self-interest and selfish desire to have the attention on them?

We should remember those practices our mothers modeled and apply them, in honor of our mothers, by ways we can carry their examples of kindness and thoughtfulness forward to others.

We can exercise tolerance and offer accommodation to those who are uneducated, unsophisticated, awkward, slow to learn, not part of the inner-circles, and struggling with finding places in the general order of our community. What efforts do we exert to make sure others are included, respected, appreciated, and invited to join? Do we treat others like our mothers treated us? Let’s make a difference in our NAWCC communities and give it a try. Let’s make this Mother’s Day a special date in time.

With the election and nomination process over, let’s welcome new board members-elect Thomas Compton, Jay Dutton, Donna Kalinkiewicz, Jim Price, and Rhett Lucke to what will be their first board meeting at the National Convention in Springfield, MA and welcome new Nominating and Election Committee members-elect, Jerry Thornsberry and Carroll Wolfe. We look forward to their contributions and positive impact they can make in our organization and among our NAWCC communities as volunteer leaders and examples of service to the membership.

Thank you to David Lee, Tom Bartels, and Phil Gregory for their 8 years of volunteer service and Carroll Wolfe for his two years of service on the Board, all of whom are rotating off, and Ruth Overton and Jim Coulson who are rotating off of the NEC.

Speaking of the National Convention in Springfield, MA, June 27-30, the NAWCC HQ Team will be hosting a NAWCC Central Zone in the back area of the MART, “The Member Welcome Center.” Come back and visit and meet with NAWCC Team members.

We will have a number of stations where you can learn more about the NAWCC. Come and “test drive” the new beta of our website and meet with Brian Roy, our website designer, and ask your questions and offer your feedback. Bring and power up your mobile devises, take some weight off your feet and chill with us, get some water, get to know your NAWCC better. Ask your questions, meet your Columbia Team staff members, get some information, and offer your suggestions on how we can serve you better. We will be there at the convention to be with you, the membership.

Checking in at Columbia
We get regular visits from scholars to our NAWCC Fortunat Mueller-Maerki Library and Research Center to conduct research and journalism/writing projects. Many share with us their results and the following is no exception.
“My name is Elizabeth Fox and I am a recent graduate of the Smithsonian/George Washington University’s M.A. Program in Decorative Arts & Design History. I recently wrote my master’s thesis on early nineteenth-century Philadelphia clockmaker and scientific mechanic Isaiah Lukens (who was known for creating tower clocks for institutions like Independence Hall). Last February, I visited the museum's library, where I found the information on Lukens to be incredibly helpful and pertinent to my research. The thesis is titled “Like Clockwork: The Mechanical Ingenuity and Craftsmanship of Isaiah Lukens (1779-1846),” which was published through George Washington University (you can also find it in digital format via the database, ProQuest Dissertations and Publishing). As such, I am writing to inquire whether or not the National Watch and Clock Museum would be interested in receiving a published copy of my thesis. I would be so grateful if I could share my new findings on Lukens with you all, whether it means sending my published copy or giving a presentation to the museum.”

Elizabeth Fox is the curatorial assistant of American Art at the Worcester Art Museum. She received her M.A. in Decorative Arts & Design History from George Washington University/Smithsonian Associates and her B.A. in History and Religion at Furman University.

Ms. Fox will be presenting a Time Talk at the NAWCC HQ on Saturday, May 18 at 11 AM: “Like Clockwork: The Mechanical Ingenuity and Craftsmanship of Isaiah Lukens (1779-1846)”, explores the working life and artistic legacy of Isaiah Lukens in early nineteenth-century Philadelphia. It describes the tools, mechanisms, and designs Lukens utilized in his clock commissions and how they compare to those of illustrious clockmakers like Thomas Stretch. The clockmaking trade of Isaiah Lukens encouraged him to partake in other scientific pursuits as a result, thereby influencing the development of his mechanical creations. The talk also presents Lukens’ working relationships with other eminent inventors and clockmakers such as his assistant Joseph Saxton and Charles Willson Peale, signifying Lukens’ prominence within Philadelphia’s intellectual circles. Through the diverse inner workings of his trade, Isaiah Lukens distinguished himself from other Philadelphian artisans as a versatile mechanist whose scientific contributions impacted the fate of America’s pre-industrial trades.


The NAWCC Champion Program
The NAWCC is looking for NAWCC Champions, those who believe in the programs, exhibits, events, and services that our organization provides to its members and the public and who financially supports these efforts towards building and growing our horological community, and preserving and sharing the stories of TIME. Those who pledge and commit to pay $10,000 a year for 10 years to the NAWCC are recognized as a Champion of the NAWCC and the NAWCC community. The Champion distinction is honorary; however, an NAWCC Champion will be entitled to:

· Recognition as a Champion in the Watch and Clock Bulletin

· Recognition at the National Convention Donor’s Reception

· Automatic enrollment in the NAWCC Tempus Vitam Regit Society

· 10 years of regular membership (Any contributory member will be recognized by the title membership such as: Brass Champion, Gold Champion, etc.)

· 10 years free registration to the NAWCC National Convention

· Special VIP invitations to every Museum exhibit opening event/reception

· 20% discount on all NAWCC Museum Store/Gift Shop purchases, including educational classes

· Exclusive, “behind the scene” tours of the museum and archives collection

· Permanent recognition on a designated plaque in Columbia, PA

· Those who commit to become a Champion of the NAWCC by the end of 2019 will be recognized for all time as a FOUNDING CHAMPION of the NAWCC!

July 6th
- Exhibit Opening Seminar EventTimeless Testaments: Civil War Watches and the People Who Carried Them NAWCC Museum, Columbia, PA. On display will be 16 unique watches (and other civil war battlefield artifacts) with documented provenances linking them to Civil War participants. Several were presented and/or used during the recipients’ war service. Several others were presented after the individual’s war service had ended, as grateful tributes by comrades in arms with whom the recipient had faced hardships and lethal peril. A sampling of other watches from the Civil War period, both domestic and foreign, provide a perspective of the kinds of watches likely to have been found in the pockets of Civil War soldiers, both privates and generals, both Union and Confederate.

If you wish to learn about advertising and sponsorship opportunities for this event and for the program booklet, please contact the NAWCC Executive Director at twilcox@nawcc.org, (with copies to jbyers@nawcc.org, sgallagher@nawcc.org, and editor@nawcc.org).

October 3-5 - Exhibit Opening Event - “S-TOWN HOROLOGY: AN EXHIBIT CELEBRATING THE TIMELESS TALENTS OF John B. McLemore” , NAWCC Museum, Columbia, PA. This exhibit is a licensed partnership with S-Town, which will exclusively display never seen before artifacts and personal items of the featured character from This American Life, Serial Productions, Brian Reed produced, seven chapter podcast, “S-Town.” S-Town follows an Alabaman horologist named John B. McLemore, who sent an email to the creators of This American Life, back in 2012, asking for help in a murder investigation. This led Brian Reed, producer of the podcast to McLemore's hometown of Woodstock and kicked off a series of events that feature family feuds, hidden treasure and a puzzling mystery, all emanating from John B.’s personal, end-of-life story.

John B. McLemore was a former NAWCC member and world renowned, clockmaker and clock restorer. One of John B.’s podcast featured friends and clients, “Bill,” is also an NAWCC member and is graciously loaning 45 priceless timepieces that John B. restored and maintained for Bill. Also in the exhibit will be John B.’s personal items and personal photographs. Joining Brian Reed and Bill will be other characters from the podcast, including Rita, and Woodstock residents. S-Town has been a huge success, with more than 40 million downloads in its first month and over 110 Million downloads since its March, 2017 launch. Many critics declared it the best podcast of 2017. There will be a commemorative exhibit book for sale by the museum.

If you wish to learn about advertising and sponsorship opportunities for this event and for the program booklet, please contact the NAWCC Executive Director at twilcox@nawcc.org, (with copies to jbyers@nawcc.org, sgallagher@nawcc.org, and editor@nawcc.org).

Time Made in Germany — 700 Years of German Horology

The 2019 National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors’ annual educational symposium will take place September 12-15 in Nuremberg, one of Germany’s oldest and most prominent cities. The NAWCC will partner with its German colleagues in the Deutsche Gesellschaft Fur Chronometrie to present an historic comprehensive examination of seven centuries of clock and watch making in Germany.

Hosted at one of the country’s foremost museums, the Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nurnberg located within the city’s ancient walls, 13 eminent speakers will address topics from the earliest mechanical clocks to modern atomic timekeepers. While the talks will be in German, English-language simultaneous translations will be available via United-Nations-style headsets. A hardcover book containing English versions of all lectures is available for pre-purchase when registering in advance, and can be picked up or purchased at the event.

Lecture topics include: “Monumental Astronomical Clocks of the Late Middle Ages”; “The Burgundy Clock, The Earliest Spring-Driven Clock” (on view at the museum); “The First Use of Clocks for Astronomical Observations”; “The Origins of Clockmaking in the Black Forest”; “Luxury Pocketwatches from Glashutte in Sachsen”; “Clockmaking in Germany During the 20th Century”; and more.

Registration is just $245, with an additional $95 for the closing banquet and $65 for the hardcover book of proceedings. Details are at www.timemadeingermany.com NAWCC Registration: https://net.nawcc.org/NAWCC/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=MT19SYMO



Given time and length challenges, I will re-print some items called “REWINDS” These are important items that continue to be updated or reprinted so as not to be forgotten.

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Keep up the good work you are doing and the support you lend to our work and efforts. WE ALL can make a difference for our passion and the NAWCC perpetuating that passion to all generations for all time!

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…

You can now view this Sunday message, with all the pictures, on the NAWCC website under the Message Board. This new area for Executive Director postings will also allow for communicating NAWCC specific updates, timely notices, and messages to the membership on the Message Board and opening a little more space for horological informative and educational matters on the Sunday morning posts.

For past Sunday emails with images on the NAWCC.org Message Board.
go to:
Executive Director's Weekly Newsletter

*As a helpful reminder, please remember that sometimes these photos need to be downloaded by right clicking in the left or right top corner of the photo, where there is an "x" or by right clicking to open the scroll list and look for "download pictures" to click on. With AOL accounts, it seems that hitting the "REPLY" button downloads the images. That may help in revealing the pictures. For our overseas friends, you might try double-clicking the picture, as a link has attempted to be attached to the image.

I am back on Facebook, so look for photos and videos posted there as well:




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All the best of TIME to you.....
Tom Wilcox, Esq. - Executive Director
National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors,Inc.
We share the stories of TIME.....

p: 717.684.8261 Ext.209
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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 study of time.


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