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Weekly News 6/23/19

06.23.19- 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.

“How did it get so late so soon?”

- Dr. Seuss

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

It's Time Once Again for the National Convention!

Come meet us at the National Convention in Springfield, MA, June 27-30. The NAWCC HQ Team will be hosting a NAWCC Central Zone to the immediate right area of the MART, “The Member Welcome Center.” Come back and visit and meet with NAWCC Team members: Sara Butler-Tongate, Librarian and Archives Queen; Pam Lindenberger, our Membership Guru; Brian Roy, Website Wizard; Becky Hickey, Director of Development; with Clayton Tongate at the Museum Store.

Presentations include a video glimpse of the on-going development of the Fred R. Tischler Online Workshop Program of the NAWCC School of Horology, courtesy of support from Chapter 190 and the intellectual capital of Lex Rooker, and the future of accessing the NAWCC collections via high definition, digital images. 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. Witness new programs and projects planned for improving the access and resolution power from a new digitalization process of objects, archives, and collections, requiring much needed funding.

Bring and power up your mobile devises, take some weight off your feet and chill with us, get some water, sneak some snacks, 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, our members.

The Museum Gift Store and other items for sale:

As you enter the MART, in front of you to the left, behind our rows of tables you will find our great volunteers to help you with any of your Museum purchases. Special items:

The NAWCC National Watch & Clock Museum will host a new exhibit. Timeless Testaments: Civil War Watches and the People Who Carried Them opening Saturday, July 6, featuring 18 unique watches (and other civil war battlefield artifacts) with documented provenances linking them to significant Civil War events and participants. The exhibit has a companion book, The Appreciation and Authentication of Civil War Timepieces, which will be available for sale at the Museum Gift Shop tables in the MART. Special, early bird member price Hardcover $44.99; Softcover $34.99

The NAWCC National Watch & Clock Museum is partnering with the Antiquarian Horological Society to release for the first in the US “From Celestial to Terrestrial Timekeeping: Clockmaking in the Bond Family by NAWCC member Don Saff.

Don's book will also be available for purchase in the MART, with a special offer by the author to personally sign an insert numbered plate with a personalized message, for you or a friend. Collector's edition, book #1 will be offered at auction. Special, early bird member price at $57.59
For additional information, 717-684-8261, ext. 211; giftshop@nawcc.org.

June 27-30, 2019 NAWCC National Convention, Springfield, MA

Registration Deals

Regular member entrance to MART is $75 for all days of Convention (additional cost for the Saturday banquet and Thursday night reception as listed on the website).
Non-members must be escorted in the MART area to see the mart and visit the HQ Welcome center. They cannot buy in the Mart. Non-members can attend the craft contest, exhibit and lectures.
First time NAWCC members (not lapsed NAWCC members) get a deal for $95 (would otherwise be $52 + $75 = $127) :

· One year membership, plus

· Entrance to the National Convention (Mart, Lectures, Programs, Auction & Annual Meeting Continental Breakfast), plus

Guest rates for special accompanied family, spouse, partner or friend convention entrance for just $25.00 each person.
4 month Trial Membership is also available for $75 total. Includes all benefits of First Time, but only 4 month membership.
To get these special deals, the person just needs to register at the door.
For more details, visit: https://2019nationalconvention.nawcc.org/


1. The Willard House and Clock Museum - Robert C. Cheney, Executive Director, will give curated tours on Thursday, June 27th at 10AM and 2PM and Sunday, June 30th at 2PM. Admission is reduced to $5 with a NAWCC membership card throughout the convention week.

The Willard House and Clock Museum in North Grafton is the birthplace and 1718 home of four Willard clockmakers, Benjamin, Simon, Ephraim and Aaron. Each worked in the small surviving workshop during the last half of the 18th century and finally sought their fame in and around Boston by 1800. Simon, the most famous, patented the clock roasting jack in 1785, and the Patent Timepiece or “banjo” clock in 1802 and the Patent Alarm Timepiece or “lighthouse" clock in 1819. Pristine examples are shown in gallery settings.
The museum holds the largest collection of Willard clocks in the world (88), family portraits, furniture, the patent document for the “banjo” clock signed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, a Jefferson drawing of the rotunda at the University of Virginia where Jefferson wanted Simon to install a clock, workshop tools and much more.
The Museum is located about 45 miles east of Springfield, off Massachusetts Turnpike (route 90) Exit 11. Directions and more information are found on: www.willardhouse.org.

2. The American Clock and Watch Museum - tours on Thursday, June 27th at 1PM through 5PM. Admission is reduced to $5 with a NAWCC membership card.

The Museum is located about 45 miles south of Springfield, off Route 84 Exit 33. Follow I-91 S to I-84 W to CT-72 W in Plainville. Take exit 33 from I-84. Continue on CT-72 W. Drive to Maple St in Bristol Directions and more information are found on: https://www.clockandwatchmuseum.org/
Learn about American clock & watchmaking with particular emphasis on Connecticut, once the clock capital of the United States. The museum holds one of the largest displays of American clocks and watches in the world, over 5,500! As visitors travel through the museum’s eight galleries, these timekeeping devices chime and strike upon the hour. Located in the historic Federal Hill district of Bristol, a portion of the museum is housed in an 1801 Federal-style home with a sundial garden.

3. Old Sturbridge Village Museum - 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge, MA 01566 - tours on Friday, June 28th at 9AM through 12PM. Admission is $19 with a NAWCC membership card. Peter Nunes, knowledgeable Antique Clock Restorer, will give curated tours.

The Museum is located about 45 miles east of Springfield, off Routes 90 and 20. Drive from I-291 E and I-90 E/Massachusetts Turnpike to Palmer. Take exit 8 from I-90 E/Massachusetts Turnpike. Follow Hwy 20 E to your destination in Sturbridge. Directions and more information are found on: https://www.osv.org/

Old Sturbridge Village is a living museum located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts which recreates life in rural New England during the 1790s through 1830s. It is the largest living museum in New England, covering more than 200 acres. About half of the objects in the collection today were acquired by the museum’s founders, brothers Albert B. Wells, Joel Cheney Wells, and Channing M. Wells, from the 1920s through the early 1950s. A.B. Wells collected a wide range of artifacts from a Hadley chest to a gear-driven lathe, with especially strong collections of early lighting devices, woodenware, and scientific instruments. Joel Cheney Wells focused his collecting activities on clocks and paperweights. From this foundation, Old Sturbridge Village has assembled one of the largest collections of materials documenting everyday life in early 19th-century rural New England.

Volunteers and Contributors to the Success of the National:
In addition to all the Chapter Officers, Committee members, Sponsors, Advertisers, donors, loaners, registration workers, and the MART set-up and take down crew to thank for a successful National, we also have the lead, named volunteers Lu and Steve Sadowski, Tom McIntyre, Joanne Orr, Joe Seremeth, Tom Grimshaw, Howard Cohen, Bill Slough, Dan Horan, Marion Krajewski, Janet Oeschle, Dave Gorrell, Kevin Cole, Anita Bikowitz, Brendan Sullivan, Earl Harlemert, Christopher Carey, and the countless others who we hope forgive for forgetting to name them. And, I am sure you will catch glimpses of Gene and Barbara Volk and Jim and Renee Coulson who always help out behind the scenes. Please be sure to give them all a thank you and job well done if you see them this week!

Thanks goes out to Executive Director Patti Philippon and the American Clock and Watch Museum, its staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors in Bristol, CT for hosting the NAWCC Board Orientation session and the meet n' greet reception and offering a discount admissions to their collection to the NAWCC Convention attendees. Similar thanks to Executive Director Robert Cheney and the Willard House and Museum for similar discount and personal tours by Robert. And last but not least, thanks to Peter Nunes and the Olde Sturbridge Village Museum for offering discounted admissions and personal tours as well.

Member Memories
Sadly, NAWCC Chapter 180 "Friends of the West Coast Clock & Watch Museum" Vice President, Ron Bechler, past away last weekend. He was deeply committed to preserving the history of horology and to growing the West Coast Clock & Watch Museum. He will be greatly missed by all.

JUST IN TIME (a request FOR your HELP)

We have a Traveling Workshop Instructor member in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada who would like to deliver back to the NAWCC HQ in Columbia the following number, size and weights of containers and tool boxes:

The weights and sizes of the tubs/containers are:
K-5-1 50lbs QTY of 1 25.0” long X 17” wide X 11.5” high
K-5-2 38lbs QTY of 1 25.0” long X 17” wide X 11.5” high
K-5-3 67lbs QTY of 1 26.5” long X 20” wide X 17” high (damaged)
TB-1 25lbs QTY of 1 18.5” long X 10.5” wide X 11.5” high (Tool Box)
TB-2 23lbs QTY of 1 18.5” long X 10.5” wide X 11.5” high (Tool Box)
TB-3 24lbs QTY of 1 18.5” long X 10.5” wide X 11.5” high (Tool Box)

Is there anyone traveling to the National Convention this week who could pick up one, two, or all on their way and deliver to the Executive Director at Springfield?
Thank you so much for helping us out!



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.


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.

Fair Warning: The podcast series does contain material that may be considered to be inappropriate for the young, the impressionable, and so not recommended for everyone. While John B. McLemore was a former NAWCC member and world renowned, clockmaker and clock restorer, the podcast recounts a side to his personality and lifestyle that may be questionable or offensive to some. This exhibit and the NAWCC neither condemns, vilifies, judges, nor sponsors or endorses the character and personal choices John exhibited, as portrayed to the listener.

On the contrary, our exhibit seeks to recognize and celebrate the horological skills and talents that John brought out in his work with clocks and timepieces, a theme that is central to the NAWCC community. So as you consider the story of John B. McLemore and the full scale of his legacy, we ask you to focus on those things that we all, as a horological community, can appreciate. Our exhibit will be curated with that sole goal and perspective.

In a recent phone conversation with Reta, John B.’s cousin, she expressed gratitude to the NAWCC and me for holding this exhibit. She stated that “this was the best thing to ever happen about all this attention” regarding John B. She is extremely happy and will be attending the October opening with her husband.

Our hope is that to the non-horologically-oriented listener (97 million of them) we can reveal to them why John B. was so intrigued and pre-occupied with clocks and gearwork, and invite them into our community by way of their appreciation for a darker side of the story of John B.

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 97 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 or the Collectible Exhibit Book, 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.

This event has been regarded by many well-known, international horologists as being the most significant gathering and sharing of information with the global horological community in recent memory. Our appreciation goes to many who are attending and supporting this event, one in which the NAWCC is firmly dedicated to see become the historical symposium in one’s lifetime that should not be missed.

Fortunat Mueller-Maerki and Bob Frishman have been offering their time, talents, and treasures planning and promoting this event for years on both sides of the ocean. Josef and Susanne Stadl, and the officers and directors of the German Society for Chronometry e.V., have organized and arranged with the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, to host this wonderful forum.

Dr. James Nye and our English counterparts, the Antiquarian Horological Society, are heavily promoting this event and offering scholarships for attendance. The extremely generous support by Stefan Muser and Auktionen Dr. H. Crott, Mannheim, Germany of over 20,000 Euros will ensure that the presentations will be offered in simultaneous English translation using the very latest in UN style headset translation technology. Other German supporters including WEMPE, Junghans, and Johannes Altmeppen have also generously provided funding for the event.

Hosted at one of the country’s foremost museums, the Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nurnberg, there will be 13 eminent speakers addressing topics from the earliest mechanical clocks to modern atomic timekeepers. A hardcover book containing English versions of all lectures will be 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. Go to https://www.timemadeingermany.com/ for both US and European registration information.

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

Thank You To Everyone Who Has Donated!

I appreciate your feedback and look forward to deliver information that will keep you inspired, encouraged, and informed. If you don’t get the email messages on Sunday and want to, please update your contact information, including your email addresses to our membership team, care of Christa Eckert at ceckert@nawcc.org.

You are also free to and encouraged to forward and share this and any NAWCC messages to friends, relatives, and all others you believe would be interested in hearing about the NAWCC. This can be a new and easy way for you to grow our membership and invite others to your chapter meetings and NAWCC events.

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.

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