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Weekly News 8/18/19

08.18.19- 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.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

Martin Luther King Jr

Dear Sunday Readers:

The above quotes can, for some, bring to mind the story of John Harrison. Harrison was a self-educated carpenter and clockmaker who challenged the establishment in the mid-18th century to design successful marine chronometers that solved the problem of determining longitude at sea.

Harrison continued over 20 years developing 3 different, progressively improving models of his prototype clock, referred to as H1, H2, and H3, built as large timekeepers with special balance mechanisms. It took 40 years of Harrison’s life to finally deliver the H4, this time scaled down to resemble a large pocket watch. This clock not only met the requirements for Parliament's top prize in a trial but greatly exceeded them.

However, for various reasons, including that members of the Royal Society, which institution was appointed to administer the award prize money, were self-serving, they only turned over a portion of the money and argued for more tests. Despite further trials and outstanding results, it took King George III to intervene on Harrison’s behalf to ensure the full reward and recognition, some 12 years after fulfilling the original conditions, went to Harrison, 80 years old by then.

Not that achieving such a feat after all that struggle and pain would allow Harrison to sit back, enjoy his wealth and fame and close the chapter on controversy, no, John had to go and claim he could make a pendulum timepiece that was accurate to within a second over a 100-day period. He again was met with establishment scorn, ridicule, and derision for coming up with such “an incoherence and absurdity that was little short of the symptoms of insanity.” And so, his roughly recorded ideas and designs went ignored for two centuries.

We do know now, though, that this idea came to fruition and won the Guinness World Records’ as the world’s “most accurate mechanical clock with a pendulum swinging in free air” in 2015. The Burgess “Clock B” begun by Martin Burgess, artist and clockmaker, in the 1970’s, was abandoned and left uncompleted until one of our own NAWCC members, Don Saff, finally acquired the unfinished project in 2009 and engaged a team of horologists, led by London clockmakers Philip Whyte and Richard Stenning of Charles Frodsham & Co., (also NAWCC members) to complete the work. Also commissioned to the project was a Harrison Research Group, which included William Andrewes, Andrew King, Donald Saff, Burgess himself, Mervyn Hobden, and others (also several NAWCC members among them).

Completing the work in 2014, Clock ‘B’ (see left) was delivered to the Royal Observatory Greenwich and was tested successfully and has now been relocated at Greenwich and is on public view in the Time and Longitude Gallery, at the Royal Observatory, alongside the iconic John Harrison timekeepers. The National Maritime Museum held three 1-day conferences on the Burgess Clock ‘B’, the proceedings of which will be published this Fall, 2019 by another one of our esteemed NAWCC members, Rory McEvoy, and technically edited by yet another of our UK horologist members, Jonathan Betts, MBE.

Bringing a long story short, Martin Burgess had also suffered under the hand of hardship, personal struggles, and neglect. It took the committed and dedicated initiative of some brave and noble souls to resurrect the work that Burgess had started, coming together, sharing the common commitment, and persevering under a vision and goal, with much work, personal sacrifice, and considerable financial investment, to see it could be completed, recognized, and celebrated.

Currently, the NAWCC is going through some challenges that actually bring to the fore some wonderful opportunities. Albert Einstein observed: “In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity.” With our continually challenging task to fund our operations and keep ahead of the bills, we have a wonderful donor who has placed a cash challenge of matching up to $250,000 in cash donations, given by the next convention in 2020, towards the Phase II of our For All Time Endowment Campaign. While that result in total funds could be up to $500,000, those funds don’t go directly to operations, only the interest does. Therefore our operational finances need your continued and appreciated support, alongside the generous support in meeting this match.

We have some turn over at HQ, but that turnover opens up the possibilities for new, positive outcomes. We have an open Museum Director position, the recruitment for filling of which is producing some wonderful excitement and buzz among those who are closely engaged and committed in seeing this become a reality. It has also bought forth some very generous financial support for making it happen as well. More on that later. While we see some chapters closing, we now have a new vibrant and rapidly growing Chapter out in Oklahoma forming. More news to follow on that too.

In summary, we all represent and uphold the best interests of ourselves by supporting the best interests of the NAWCC, and we all draw support from each other to overcome our obstacles, persevere in challenging times, and
share the common vision to see the organization thrive and succeed.

And whether we are flying, running, walking, or even crawling, we are committed and dedicated to move forward, united behind a common purpose and goal to be the premier educator and advocate for horology and everyone interested in the study of time. We will pull each other ahead and help each other to engage and invite others to join us in our pursuit.

Thank you all for all YOU do to make our community healthy and strong in being the world's largest museum, research library, educational institution, and international community dedicated to clocks, watches, time, and timekeeping.

Our former curator, Kim Jovinelli, has resigned and we wish her well. Taking on those responsibilities she leaves behind, I am pleased to announce that effective April 19th, Al Dodson is appointed as the Acting Director of Curatorial Services with the NAWCC National Watch and Clock Museum.

This role at the NAWCC Museum provides specialized curatorial and conservation work and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of the museum collection including, but not limited to, overseeing and working with the Museum Registrar in performing collection development and management; maintaining collection records; documenting the Museum collection; assisting with the planning and organizing of exhibitions; and assisting in the accreditation process with the AAM. Day-to-day management of the museum collection includes overseeing exhibits, displays, facility, conservation on watches and clocks, educational programs, coordinating tours and making presentations; supervising volunteers and hourly employees; and performing other related duties as assigned.

The Acting Director of Curatorial Services will report to the Executive Director and Acting Museum Director and will work collaboratively with all functions of the NAWCC and particularly the Museum Collections Committee in creating a healthy and vibrant horological community where we share the stories of time with our members and the public, locally and internationally.

Al is a long-time member of the NAWCC and an accomplished clock and watch maker and instructor. He has a degree in Applied Science, concentration in Micro Precision Technology and a Certification in Clock making from the American Watchmakers Institute. He was the Lead Clock Repair Instructor from 2008 to 2012 at the NAWCC School of Horology and continues to offer instruction and services for repairing clocks. He has been a member since 1977. Please join me in welcoming Al to the NAWCC HQ Team.

Coming to the NAWCC: Education for the Beginner and First Timers

Please join us for our first Introduction to Antique Clocks workshop! This 2-day workshop will cover the basics of how mechanical clocks tell time. Topics covered will include: Basic Functions of a Clock; Types of Movements; Power Sources; Escapement Types; Reassembling a movement; Vocabulary; Tools; and much more!
Students will learn through taking a movement apart, reassembling it, and putting it in beat.

All tools and materials will be provided; students only need to bring an interest and curiosity. The technical portion takes 8 - 9 hours. Oct. 5th – 6th, 8:30 – 4pm for both days. Workshop Fee: $150 (member) $200 (non-member).

This workshop will be held in the downstairs classroom in the museum, NOT at the school. We are developing an educational model that should be able to be replicated easily by any chapter in any location as a means in gaining new members. During the two day class chapter the class will spend about 4 hours on non-technical presentations trying to build a social bond, cover a bit of the history of time, the fascinating hobby of watch and/or clock collecting, the value of joining the NAWCC (and the local chapter), and encouraging membership.

This is the launch in our progressive building of the Fred R. Tischler Educational On-Line Workshops program of on-site/on-line learning and promoting the interest and knowledge of clocks and clock making to new comers and the interested, but just looking, segment of the future for our horological community.

What a great gift for someone you know who just started or has an interest in clocks, OR HOW ABOUT a Parent/child or Grandparent/child weekend together learning and tinkering?!!!! More ideas for presents and get away weekends:

For the more advanced beginners we have on Sept. 7th - 8th Servicing a Pocket Watch I where a beginner learns how to: Remove the movement from the case; Examine and evaluate a movement; Disassemble the movement; Clean the movement; Re-assemble and lubricate the movement; Re-case, time and adjust the movement; This is a hands-on workshop open to both the beginner and the advanced collector. All materials and tools will be supplied. 9/7/2019 - 9/8/2019 Workshop Fee: Members are $325 Early Bird (before 8/7/19) or $355 after 8/7. For Non Members it is $370 Early Bird (before 8/7/19) $400 after 8/7.

October 4-6 (at the Education Building: Servicing a Pocket Watch for the Beginner II WS-201. This workshop is the next step in basic pocket watch repair. The participant will increase their knowledge on diagnosing problems; understanding how proper repairs and adjustments are made associated with American pocket watches. This workshop will also give the participant a better understanding on the problems a pocket watch may have prior to purchase. The participant is required to supply their own American pocket watch in running condition.

The following areas will be covered: Proper cleaning and oiling; Identifying worn and broken parts; Verifying proper end shakes; Identifying escapement issues; Diagnosing hairspring and balance wheel problems; and Make timing adjustments.

Required Tools: Selection of eye loupes 10x, 4x (required); Brass or bronze tweezers (required); Tweezers #3, #3C, or #5 (required); Parts tray w/ cover (required); Students may optionally bring their own jewelers screwdrivers and movement holders; And student must bring an American Pocket Watch in Running Condition, preferable size 12 or 16. No 18 size.

This is a hands-on workshop open to both the beginner and the advanced collector. Students should have taken WS-111 before taking this workshop or have the permission of the instructor. All materials and tools will be supplied unless indicated above. Workshop Fee: NAWCC Member is $545 Early Bird (before 9/11/19) $600 after 9/11. Non Member is $590 Early Bird (before 9/11/19) $655 after 9/11.

Please contact Education at education@nawcc.org or (717) 684-8261 ext. 237 with any questions.



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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