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Weekly News 6/30/19

06.30.19- 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
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“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”

- Franz Kafka

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

Once Again, the National Convention was a big hit!

Our youth returned to us as we enjoyed seeing long-time friends and colleagues, finding that secret treasure or long-sought-after part, tool, watch, or movement on the MART floor, listening and learning from our member experts and researchers, and sharing our stories of TIME in the greatest community of clock, watch, time, and timekeeping advocates and fanatics. See above? Even Robert Cheney found his youth and joy at the Convention with this Willard tower clock!

As we begin to close up the NAWCC 2019 Springfield National Convention in Springfield, MA, today, you who live nearby or are here in Springfield still have time to pop 'round and catch what's left of our full and momentous weekend of presentations, receptions, banquets, awards, camaraderie and fun.

The NAWCC HQ Team will be closing up the first, inaugural NAWCC “Member Welcome Center” at the Convention MART. You can still come back and visit with the remaining NAWCC Team members: Sara Butler-Tongate, Librarian and Archives Queen; Brian Roy, Website Wizard; and Clayton Tongate, who, along with David Livingston, will be promoting

the Antiquarian Horological Society's 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 was to be available but the US Customs Department still has it in custody, arriving 10 days ago in a shipment from the UK. US officials fear that the mad rush of horologists to purchase this rare tome of information and images of the Bond legacy may cause too much of an economic strain on our economy! Stayed tuned for more developments, but you can place your advance order, with a special offer by the author to sign an insertable, numbered plate with a personalized message, for you or a friend. Special, early bird member price at $57.59. For additional information, call 717-684-8261, ext. 211; giftshop@nawcc.org.

We express our appreciation to so many individuals, businesses, and institutions for their volunteering, donating, supporting, loaning, and participating in this year's National to make it a memorable one in TIME:

The Willard House and Clock Museum given by Robert C. Cheney, Executive Director, with reduced admissions,
The American Clock and Watch Museum with reduced admissions.
Old Sturbridge Village Museum given by Peter Nunes.

Speaking of Volunteers, Lu Sadowski and Marion Krajewski were recognized for their many years of volunteer leadership, including being the General Chairs of the 2018 National, and Lu leading, with Marion in close lock step, chairing the 2019 convention committee, with the distinction of receiving the first "National Volunteer of the Year" Award. They were honored at our Awards Banquet last night.

Also recognized for their support of the NAWCC were Roger Gendron, as the Member Donor of the Year and Chapter 36, Heart of America Chapter, as the Chapter Donor of the Year. Paul Foley was awarded the first, Kenneth Roberts- Snowdon Taylor Research Award.

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, Brendan Sullivan, Earl Harlemert, Christopher Carey, Mary Pansessetti Tasker, Christine Carey, and the countless others who we hope forgive for forgetting to name them. Please be sure to give them all a thank you and job well done if you see them this week!

We also recognize and appreciate the many speakers, presenters, Chapters and their officers for organizing and presenting the many excellent sessions and meetings throughout the convention including Robert Cheney, Greg and Cathy Gorton, Andy Dervan, Tom McIntyre, Russ Oechsle, Susan Gary, Jessica Fontaine, Tom Grimshaw, Bob Pritzker, Bill Ellison, David Lima, Philip D’Avanza, Dan Horan, and Nick Butt.

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.

The NAWCC National Watch & Clock Museum is fresh home from Boston and hitting the ground running with a new, super hot, exciting 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. Special, early bird member price Hardcover $44.99; Softcover $34.99

Thank you Jones and Horan for sponsoring this event and this book.

It is getting late on Saturday night, approaching midnight, returning from the Awards Banquet just 2 hours ago and this quick note must end for now. More next week with more photos and reports from the 2019 National. I have an early breakfast tomorrow, so gotta run. Thanks also to the many of you who took the time to come to the Welcome Center and meet with some of the HQ team, and for taking the time to express your appreciation what we are trying to do at HQ, to support and encourage you and find new and positive ways to grow and stretch our NAWCC, to include room for more, new members, new faces, new connections, new additions to our community and create a welcome and inviting environment, building the value and the reasons for joining us and sticking around!

Thank you for showing that YOU CARE!


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).

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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!

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