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Weekly News 9/8/19



09.08.19- 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.

I am having difficulty using the normal message server, and so I am sending a provisional and somewhat limited email this Sunday in lieu of the customary one. Hopefully next week I can transcend this issue. Thank you for your accommodation and understanding.

“As there are no isolated facts in the Universe, we can never get to the end of our subject; so we know only what we have capacity to absorb.... our clocks do not—in the strict sense— measure time; but are adjusted to divide periods which they do not determine. We are constantly correcting their errors and never entirely succeed in getting them to run accurately to periods of time which exist entirely outside of such little things as men and clocks.”
Time and its Measurement – James Arthur

Dear Sunday Readers:


Above you see a line up of some of the James Arthur Tall case clocks of the NAWCC collection. To the right are more clocks from the James Arthur collection that we are assembling together in an area up stairs in the offices area where visitors can enjoy their presence up close and personal.

The 2019 NAWCC Ward Francillon Time Symposium is coming up this week. September 12- 15, 2019, this year held in Nuremberg, Germany, “Time Made in Germany, 700 Years of German Horology” resulting from the planning, efforts, and resources of our German colleagues Josef and Susanne Stadl, and the officers and directors of the German Society for Chronometry e.V., (the Deutsche Gesellschaft Fur Chronometrie), the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, and of Fortunat Mueller-Maerki and Bob Frishman, Chair of the Committee.

NAWCC HQ ANNOUNCEMENTS

SOMETHING HISTORIC FROM THE NAWCC:

The Map of the Great American Watch Companies

The Map of the Great American Watch Companies was created in partnership with Vortic Watch Company and The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.

The ten Great American Watch Companies chosen are just a sampling of all the companies in American watchmaking history, but they are the ten companies that either manufactured the most pocket watch movements, or that are the most recognizable today.

The map includes a brief history, production numbers, and a couple of fun facts about each of the ten companies.

Each map is laser etched into a piece of sustainably sourced recycled cork that is 1.5mm thick and 30 inches by 20 inches in size. This conversation piece makes for excellent wall art or desktop decoration, and was designed to fit a standard 30x20 frame.

Custom sizes and other considerations can be made upon request: info@vorticwatches.com.

https://vorticwatches.com/products/map-of-the-great-american-watch-companies

New to the NAWCC, the NAWCC Watch and Clock Podcast, Episode 2, is now live. In this episode, the podcast team of Keith Lehman and Jessica Giaquinto cover updates from California Chapters and interview Ju-Ping Song, founder of the NakedEye Ensemble. On June 9, 2018, Song orchestrated and presented the premiere of Time’s Illusion, Stories in Sound, a composite composition of composers’ interpretation of the NAWCC museum collection objects. The performance was held at the National Watch & Clock Museum consisting of six composed pieces of music, each written by a different artist, using recorded live sounds from the timepieces in the museum, electro-acoustic instruments, video, text, and narration.”

The podcast can be heard on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/episode/6SngtOt4hjicfXw3kXj1OM?si=lg7f30EOSOavz504BGvUMQ
and
Apple iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nawcc-watch-and-clock-podcast/id1470077208?i=1000447960248

CHAPTER SHOUT OUT - NEW CHAPTER FORMING:

Deep in the heart of Oklahoma, horological education is thriving. The Clock Store in Broken Arrow has started a clock school to train future clock technicians and horologists. It was started to help with the growing influx of clocks needing repair in the area. But it now goes further than that. NAWCC member, Jonathan Schultz, is organizing a non-geographical chapter emphasizing horological education. So far, over 30 people from all over the world want to join this chapter. “Because we will be a non - geographical chapter, we plan to meet online through one of the apps that accommodate multiple people during the same time.” Schultz said. “I’m not sure any marts, and regionals will be in our future. We really want to concentrate on teaching and learning. This we can do easily online through videos,texts, emails, Skype and sometimes even face-to-face.”

The new chapter is open to any current member of the NAWCC. Contact Jonathan at 918-520-9829 (c) or by email at theclockstore@yahoo.com, or by snail mail at: Jonathan Schultz, 2033 West Houston , Broken Arrow, OK 74012. The school is licensed by the State of Oklahoma as a private vocational school , and has been granted a contract to teach the disabled in Oklahoma.

MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS

(From a Member) "I am researching the London family of ILBERY, watchmakers, and would like to know if it is possible, via the NAWCC, to request any details of Ilbery watches that your members may have or know of. I do not need owners' details if they require privacy, but am seeking reasonable quality photographs of cases, dials and movements of Ilbery watches. I already have details of the three pieces in the NAWCC Museum. Thank you.

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 (whether personal, historical, or sad news of a member passing or needing help), 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...


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.
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).





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!



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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.
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