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Weekly News 7/28/19

07.28.19- You are receiving this weekly 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.



“By changing nothing, nothing changes.”– Tony Robbins

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”– Andy Warhol

Dear Sunday Readers:

We are sorry you received the repeat of July 14th's email on July 21. It was due to a technical glitch that shut us out of the utility that sends the email!

I was recently reading The History of the Royal Society of London, for the Improving of Natural Knowledge, by Thomas Sprat, 1667. Thomas Sprat was one of the founding members of the London Royal Society in 1660.

The Royal Society’s origins lie in a 1660 group of professionals meeting as an ‘invisible college’ of natural philosophers and physicians. The very first ‘learned society’ meeting on 28 November 1660 followed a lecture at Gresham College by Christopher Wren. Joined by other leading polymaths including Robert Boyle and John Wilkins, the group soon received royal approval, and beginning in 1663 would be known as 'The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge.' Today it is recognized as the UK’s national science academy and a Fellowship of some 1,600 of the world’s most eminent scientists.

The Royal Society's motto 'Nullius in verba' is taken to mean 'take nobody's word for it'. It is an expression of the determination of Fellows to withstand the domination of authority and to verify all statements by an appeal to facts determined by experiment.

The Royal Society has published many significant works, including Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica, and Benjamin Franklin’s kite experiment demonstrating the electrical nature of lightning. The Royal Society has also backed many expeditions including James Cook’s journey half way around the world to track the Transit of Venus.

The leading scientific lights of the past four centuries can all be found among the 8,000 Fellows elected to the Society to date. From Newton to Darwin to Einstein, Hawking and beyond, pioneers and paragons in their fields are elected by their peers.

Suffice to say, their historic beginning as a small, organized community of experts meeting and pursuing a common interest and “goal to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity” resulting in their present day size, reputation, influence, and impact on the world, having survived economic, political, and philosophical challenges over the last 350 or so years, is remarkable and noteworthy.

The example of the Royal Society's heritage and humble beginnings leading to its current day significance and relevance to society and the world can serve as an instructional model for the NAWCC, should it chose to fully realize its potential and its influence in the field of time and horology beyond just collecting the objects we so deeply cherish and accumulate.

Our efforts to expand and grow the NAWCC require committing to creative and unique thinking, embracing new and different opportunities that surround us, and having the courage and faith to step out boldly with the necessary will, foresight, and resources to move our organization forward to the next destination of future survival.

Change is never a safe or comfortable state of being, but it is inevitable. Growing and improving involves difficulty, struggle, challenges, and, many times, pain and loss. However troublesome change presents itself, it is always a powerful force to leverage for our benefit, if we so choose. Better to harness its power for moving ahead, rather than succumbing to its power and become crushed by its dominance. Time, in and of itself, is the perfect paragon of Change.

The hobby and practice of collecting is slowly disappearing and the trends show that depending on that area alone will lead to lower and lower numbers of members and the concomitant decreased revenues, barely sufficient to keep our NAWCC community alive and strong. The next generations out pace our slow understanding to comprehend and capitalize on the future trends and technologies that the NAWCC can utilize, and avoid the distractions and detractions that keep our community from attracting participants.

Unfamiliar and alien connections and communities that can be linked or joined to the NAWCC through novel efforts and events can make a difference. New sources of members and resources can be harvested by fertilizing fresh soil and planting different types of seeds. Foreign destinations and divergent travel will reveal additional fertile shores of fortune for our survival and success.

Below are Thomas Spat’s closing remarks of his 438 page History tome written in 1667 promoting the Royal Society’s Campaign of raising contributions among the members of the society to build and establish a formal college of the Royal Society of London. This endeavor never came to fruition, given the lack of support and contributions from all the members during those early years.

Closing Remarks of Thomas Sprat in his long and thoughtful treatise The History of the Royal Society of London, for the Improving of Natural Knowledge, 1667. Pages 434, 436-438.

And now as I have spoken of a Society that prefers Works before Words, so it becomes their History to endeavor after real fruits and effects. I will therefore conclude by recommending again this Undertaking to the English Nation; to the bravest People, the most generous Design; to the most zealous lovers of Liberty? the surest way to ransom the minds of all mankind from Slavery.
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This is the Work we propose to be encouraged, which at once regards the discovering of new Secrets, and the purifying and repairing all the profitable things of Antiquity.
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If now this Enterprise shall chance to fail for want of Patronage and Revenue, the World will not only be frustrated of their present expectations, but will have just ground to despair of any future Labors, towards the increase of the Practical Philosophy. If our Posterity shall find, that an Institution so vigorously begun, and so strengthened by many signal advantages, could not support itself: They will have reason in all times to conclude, That the long barrenness of Knowledge was not caused by the corrupt method which was taken, but by the nature of the Thing itself. This will be the last great endeavor that will be made in this way, if this shall prove ineffectual: and so we shall not only be guilty of our own Ignorance, but of the Errors of all those that come after us.
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While the Old could only bestow on us some barren Terms and Notions, the New shall impart to us the uses of all the Creatures, and shall enrich us with all the Benefits of Fruitfulness and Plenty. Finis.

OUR NAWCC COMMUNITIES:


NAWCC Eastern States Regional Holiday Inn, Liverpool, NY (Syracuse, NY). Friday and Saturday, August 2nd and 3rd
Clocks of the Brethren: Masonic Symbolism and the Influence of Freemasonry in Early American Clock Making
Exhibit, presented by George Goolsby and Mary Jane Dapkus, open during MART hours 9 am - 1 pm Friday, walk through tour 11 am,
Lecture by Mary Jane Dapkus,
1pm

Speaker Mary Jane Dapkus’ lecture topic this year will focus on the heretofore little understood influence of Freemasonry among early American clock makers and the reflection of this influence found on many early clocks. The Lecture compliments the outstanding exhibit of the same title. Mary Jane frequently contributes articles to the NAWCC Bulletin, and edits the American Clock & Watch Museum's Timepiece Journal.

Friday Tower & Street Clock Chapter Meeting: Peter Nunes - Restoration of the Northampton, MA Street Clock
Peter Nunes is an accomplished restorer of American tower and street clocks. This talk will chronicle his recent restoration of the historic street clock at Northampton, MA. Everyone is welcome to attend!
http://nawccesr.com/home

This week at the NAWCC
We had a pleasant surprise at HQ on Tuesday afternoon this week. Alex and Sharyn from Tasmania, Australia stopped by the museum for a tour and to join the NAWCC! They are on a six month holiday, having rented an RV and touring about the US, stopping in at places they have researched. Alex just started getting interested in watches and clocks and is stopping in at an antique store a day, to look, bargain, and buy inexpensive horological treasures he finds along the way.
Alex and Sharyn found our website when Alex was looking for some information, and they have found it to be very helpful and informative. The website led them to Columbia, PA and they toured the museum and bought a membership. They were thoroughly impressed with our museum, as ALL first time visitors are. They praised how helpful and welcoming Maria was in admissions and how helpful Stacey was in membership getting them signed up. They also were very impressed about our Engle Clock and our security guard’s presentation of it!

TWO WEEKS AGO AT THE NAWCC



Eric Ryback (St. Louis) – generous donor, volunteer, and member of Street and Tower Clock Chapter visited for two days in Columbia, finishing up some work with the Ansonia Street clock. Eric has pieces of another Ansonia Street clock that he is using to reconstructively renovate his clock, casting missing iron pieces for his project, using “Quincy” (our clock) for the models. He had clearance and permission from the Museum before in 2017 to use parts of the NAWCC Ansonia to make some smaller models for his casting project. He was back to finish up that work, after using an expensive, 3-D scanning process to scan and replicate the larger parts but failing in being able to take the precise image needed for a good casting.


SHARING OUR STORIES OF TIME IN THE NAWCC COMMUNITY

THERE ARE STORIES AMONG OUR COMMUNITIES THAT BEAR REPEATING FOR ALL TO HEAR AND APPRECIATE. WHETHER IT BE FROM OUR CHAPTERS, MEMBERS, OTHER HOROLOGICAL INSTITUTIONS, OR AMONG THOSE WHO APPRECIATE AND SUPPORT THE NAWCC AND HOROLOGY, OUR STORIES ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR EXISTENCE AND RELEVANCE IN HISTORY AND SOCIETY. IF YOU HAVE A NOTABLE ANECDOTE, TALE, NARRATIVE OR ACCOUNT, PLEASE SEND IT ALONG IN LEGIBLE AND PRINTABLE FORM FOR ME TO CUT AND PASTE IT HERE, WITH YOUR PERMISSION. THANK YOU.

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.
REWINDS...

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!

EXHIBITS SCHEDULED FOR THIS YEAR
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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