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Nov. 18, 2008
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Marketing/PR
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PUNCH AND POUR TO TELL TIME!

COLUMBIA, PA: Usually a quick glance at the clock will tell you what time it is. Not so at the National Watch and Clock Museum where two new interactive exhibits make time even more “hands-on”!

The James Hale Steinman Foundation generously provided a grant for these new exhibits in the Time Explorer’s Workshop. First, the punch clock allows visitors to “punch in” and “punch out” when they visit the Museum exhibits, giving them a true sense of how much time they spent in the exhibit galleries.

Second, the water clock is a favorite with schoolchildren. This is a new version of a very old timekeeping device – the Egyptian clepsydra. The different sized bowls and holes demonstrate time measurement by letting the visitor sink each bowl and virtually see time sinking. Each bowl represents a different period of time to be measured.

“These two new interactive exhibits are part of the Museum’s larger plan to create family learning stations throughout the gallery,” stated Director of Education Katie Knaub. “If initial visitor response to these exhibits can be a measurement for success, then we are well on our way to creating a more interactive environment for our visitors – both young and old!”

The National Watch and Clock Museum thanks the Steinman Foundation for its support of these fun and educational new exhibits. Area businesses interested in assisting the Museum with plans for future exhibits should contact Museum Director Noel Poirier at 717-684-8261 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with nearly 22,000 members, representing 55 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org


Nov. 7, 2008
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CELEBRITY FROM THE NORTH POLE VISITING MUSEUM

COLUMBIA, PA: His trademarks are the white beard, red suit, and big round belly, and they are making their first visit to the National Watch and Clock Museum this Christmas.

On Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. children are invited to visit with Santa Claus and share with him their holiday wishes. Parents are welcomed to bring cameras for picture-taking and enjoy yuletide music in the air and punch and cookies around the Christmas tree. Also, since the Museum is a collection site for the Toys for Tots holiday drive, visitors that day are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to share with area children.

“I was always convinced, even as a child, that Santa was able to manipulate time somehow in order to deliver all of those Christmas gifts,” states Museum Director Noel Poirier. “It’s only natural that Santa would want to come to the only national museum dedicated to the story and technology of time and timekeeping.”

The Museum’s Second Hand Saturday “Holiday Wristwatch” workshop will also be happening during Santa’s visit.

At 10 a.m. registered participants can use their creative ability to create a beaded wristwatch. Cost is $15 for each person making a wristwatch, and admission to the Museum is included with the workshop fee. Pre-registration is required by contacting the Education Department at 717-684-8261 ext. 237.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with nearly 21,000 members, representing 55 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org


Nov. 6, 2008
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IT’S HOLIDAY TIME AT AREA MUSEUM!

COLUMBIA, PA: “It is better to give than to receive.” Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa or any other holiday, gift giving always seems to be a part of the festivities.

As part of the National Watch and Clock Museum’s Second Hand Saturday program on Saturday, December 13, at 10 a.m., participants can use their creative ability to create a beaded wristwatch to keep, or even better, give as a gift. With a wide assortment of beads, a silver finish design watch face, and a toggle clasp, a watch can easily become a work of art and an ideal handcrafted present.

After making a watch, the children are invited to visit with Santa Claus to tell them their wish list. Parents may bring cameras to take pictures while enjoying yuletide music, and punch and cookies around the Christmas tree.

Cost is $15 for each person making a wristwatch, and admission to the Museum is included with the workshop fee. Pre-registration is required by contacting the Education Department at 717-684-8261 ext. 237. This program is sponsored in part through a grant by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with nearly 21,000 members, representing 55 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org


Oct. 15, 2008
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TRICK-OR-TREAT AT THE MUSEUM!

COLUMBIA, PA: This year be sure to include the National Watch and Clock Museum on your rounds on trick-or-treat night. The Museum doesn’t want to miss out on all the fun, so along with the all the homes in Columbia, on October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m., staff will be on the front steps handing out treats. In addition to a treat, children will also receive a valuable coupon for a free future visit to the Museum.

With over 12,000 timepieces in its collection, when children and their families return, they can travel through time as they move from the sandtimers and sundials of ancient timekeeping all the way to the futuristic Mars and atomic clocks. The Museum currently has two special exhibits on display until the end of the year. Time in Office: An Exhibit of Presidential Timepieces consists of watches, clocks, images, stories, and memorabilia of many U.S. presidents showing their views about time and significant events during their time in office. This one-of-a-kind exhibit includes many timepieces and memorabilia that have been brought together for the first time in one museum, and some of the objects had never left their home museums. The “Walking Clock” and “Bottle Clock” are the highlights of the Stanley Clockworks exhibit. The Walking Clock is 3 feet wide, 24 feet long, and 9 feet tall and uses a pendulum with 12 shoes that walk forward and backward to tell time! Across from the Walking Clock sits the 20-foot-long Bottle Clock that uses 300 bottles to keep time; it took five months to build!

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


Sept. 26, 2008
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THEY’VE GOT ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD!

COLUMBIA, PA: The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) will present the 2008 Ward Francillon Time Symposium October 23 through October 25 in Springfield, IL, at the Route 66 Hotel and Convention Center.

The theme for this year’s Symposium is “Electric Horology” and will focus on electricity’s impact on timekeeping and several key manufacturers in the United States. Springfield, IL was selected as the site of this year’s Symposium because of its central U.S. location and its extensive horological history. Springfield was home of the Illinois Watch Company, later purchased by the Hamilton Watch Company, and the home of the Sangamo Electric Company. Sangamo electrically wound and synchronous clocks are widely considered to be one of the highest quality electric clocks ever made.

Sangamo clock expert Les McAlister states, “Sangamo clocks are more than an assembly of parts mass-produced for public consumption. These clocks truly were the "Cadillac" of electric clock production. They represent a place in history where ingenuity, technology, beauty and the pride of American Craftsmanship melded…. if only for a fleeting moment in time.”

The public is invited to attend the Convention on Saturday morning, October 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. when Sangamo clock collectors Les McAlister and Ken Kerr, representatives from the NAWCC, will share the history of the Sangamo clock and Sangamo time-related devices. Following their presentation, visitors will enjoy viewing the Sangamo clock displays. To gain insight about the contributions of the Sangamo Electric Company to society and the world, go to www.sangamoclocks.com Additional information about the Convention can be found at www.electricclocks2008.com or by contacting Les McAlister at 630-723-4856. A $10 donation (tax deductible) will be requested at the door for Saturday’s attendance.

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC, Inc.) is a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) scientific and educational organization with approximately 23,000 members representing 55 countries. Members of the NAWCC include hobbyists, students, educators, casual watch and clock collectors, professional historians, and professionals in retail and manufacturing trades. Their one common bond is a fascination with the art and science of timekeeping. Of course, members also share a number of tangible benefits: yearly subscriptions to two quality NAWCC publications, local chapter activities, workshops and educational seminars held throughout the nation, and complimentary admission to the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, PA. The NAWCC also operates the NAWCC School of Horology in Columbia, where diplomas can be earned in watch and clock repair programs. For additional membership information, call 717-684-8261 or visit www.nawcc.org.


Sept. 25, 2008
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A SPECIAL INVITATION TO HOME SCHOOLERS

COLUMBIA, PA: The National Watch and Clock Museum has declared Tuesday, November 11, Home School Day. Families who homeschool are especially invited to spend time at the Museum and participate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the following activities.

* Designing a sundial
* Making cuckoo clock ornaments
* Discovering how fruit can tell time
* Creating a water clock
* Making a clock that tells time with water!
* Participating in a scavenger hunt

Registration for the Home School Day is required, and the cost per child is $5 and $8 for each adult. Please contact the Education Department at 717-684-8261, ext. 237 to register or for more information.

The Museum currently has two special exhibits on display until the end of the year. Time in Office: An Exhibit of Presidential Timepieces consists of watches, clocks, images, stories, and memorabilia of many U.S. presidents showing their views about time and significant events during their time in office. This one-of-a-kind exhibit includes many timepieces and memorabilia that have been brought together for the first time in one museum, and some of the objects had never left their home museums. The “Walking Clock” and “Bottle Clock” are the highlights of the Stanley Clockworks exhibit. The Walking Clock is 3 feet wide, 24 feet long, and 9 feet tall and uses a pendulum with 12 shoes that walk forward and backward to tell time! Across from the Walking Clock sits the 20-foot-long Bottle Clock that uses 300 bottles to keep time; it took five months to build!

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


Sept. 9, 2008
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USING FRUIT TO TELL TIME!

COLUMBIA, PA: An apple a day keeps the doctor away, bananas give an instant boost of energy, and oranges are sure to ward off the common cold. Sure fruits have lots of health benefits, but did you know they can also keep track of time? Come to the National Children’s Day Crazy Kidz Clock workshop at the National Watch and Clock Museum and learn how!

At the Second Hand Saturday program on October 11 at 10 a.m., families are invited to come build unique clocks out of recyclable things like those yummy fruits and old CDs. “This program is a great way for kids to show their creativity in turning ordinary household items into both works of art and functional devices,” stated Education Director Katie Knaub.

This program is sponsored in part through a grant by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Preregistration is required by contacting the Education Department at 717-684-8261, ext. 237. The cost is $10 for each participant and admission to the Museum is included with the workshop, so after you complete your own clock, see other timepieces that clock and watchmakers have made, including the whimsical “Walking Clock” and “Bottle Clock.”

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org


Sept. 8, 2008
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FREE ADMISSION AT CLOCK MUSEUM WITH MUSEUM DAY PASS

COLUMBIA, PA: On Saturday, September 27, the National Watch and Clock Museum will participate in the fourth annual Museum Day presented by Smithsonian magazine. Museum Day is a day when museums and cultural institutions nationwide open their doors free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and Smithsonian.com visitors. A celebration of culture, learning, and the dissemination of knowledge, Smithsonian’s Museum Day reflects the spirit of the magazine and emulates the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC locations. Last year nearly 100,000 people attended Museum Day. All 50 states plus Puerto Rico were represented by 651 participating museums across the country.

Visitors must present Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry to the National Watch and Clock Museum and other participating institutions. The Museum Day Admission Card will be available in the September 2008 issue of Smithsonian magazine, and the general public is welcome to participate by going to the Smithsonian.com website and downloading the Museum Day Admission Card.

“The National Watch & Clock Museum thought it was important for us to take part in the Museum Day event to ensure that everyone in our community has the opportunity to explore and discover the Museum’s extensive nationally significant collection,” states Museum Director Noel Poirier.

With over 12,000 timepieces in its collection, the Museum currently has two special exhibits on display. Time in Office: An Exhibit of Presidential Timepieces consists of watches, clocks, images, stories, and memorabilia of many U.S. presidents showing their views about time and significant events during their time in office.

This one-of-a-kind exhibit includes many timepieces and memorabilia that have been brought together for the first time in one museum, and some of the objects had never left their home museums. The “Walking Clock” and “Bottle Clock” are the highlights of the Stanley Clockworks exhibit. The Walking Clock is 3 feet wide, 24 feet long, and 9 feet tall and uses a pendulum with 12 shoes that walk forward and backward to tell time! Across from the Walking Clock sits the 20-foot-long Bottle Clock that uses 300 bottles to keep time; it took five months to build!

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


August 28, 2008
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FREE ADMISSION TO CLOCK MUSEUM WITH VOTER REGISTRATION

COLUMBIA, PA: If you haven’t taken the time to register to vote, The National Watch and Clock Museum is giving you time and free admission to go with it! On Thursday, September 18, from 1 to 4 p.m., representatives from the League of Women Voters will be in the rotunda of the Museum to sign up voters, and those who register will enjoy a complimentary visit to the Museum.

While visiting the Museum, new voters are especially encouraged to check out one of the special collections currently on exhibit. Adorned with red, white, and blue swags, banners, and flags in honor of this presidential year, the Museum is proudly presenting Time in Office: An Exhibit of Presidential Timepieces. Watches, clocks, images, stories and memorabilia of many U.S. presidents show their views about time and significant events during their time in office. This one-of-a-kind exhibit includes many timepieces and memorabilia that have been brought together for the first time in one museum, and some of the objects have never before left their home museums.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Summer hours also include Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


August 13, 2008
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CELEBRATE FABULOUS FOURTH FRIDAYS WITH BOGO ADMISSION AND A FREE MOVIE!

COLUMBIA, PA: In conjunction with the Rivertownes’ “Fabulous Fourth Fridays,” the National Watch and Clock Museum is offering a “buy one, get one” free admission on Friday, August 22, during its open hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The family movie “Robots”, sponsored by Commerce Bank will be the grand finale of the Fabulous Fourth Fridays at the Museum on September 26. Rated PG, the 91-minute movie stars Robin Williams, Mel Brooks, Halle Barry, and Drew Carey. The Museum will extend its hours until the movie begins at 6 p.m. Free popcorn and lemonade will be available; early attendance is suggested because seating is limited.

In a world of robots, the young Rodney decides to move to the metropolis of Robot City in search of a better life as an inventor. President Ratchet, his boss, uses new parts only in his manufacturing company. When Bigweld faces the fate of becoming scrap like other old robots, Rodney, with the support of his old robot friends, convinces Bigweld to fight for his job back. The themes of chasing your dreams and attempting great things will inspire you and your family.

Call Director of Education, Katie Knaub, for additional information at 717-684-8261 ext. 237.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. April through November the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Summer hours also include Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more information, directions, or general museum information call (717) 684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


August 12, 2008
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NATIONAL WATCH AND CLOCK MUSEUM – LANCASTER COUNTY’S SOLE RECIPIENT OF NATIONAL AWARD

COLUMBIA, PA: The National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia has been selected to receive the coveted Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Connecting to Collections Bookshelf. The Museum, the only recipient in Lancaster County, was awarded this essential set of resources based on the needs and plans for care of its collections. The contents of the bookshelf selected by a blue-ribbon panel of conservation experts include an essential set of books, online resources, and a user’s guide that can profoundly affect the ability of small libraries and museums to care for their collections.

“The addition of the Connecting with Collections Bookshelf to the National Watch & Clock Museum’s resources will help ensure that the thousands of objects and archival material in our collection are properly cared for,” stated Museum Director Noel Poirier. “We take our responsibility to preserve these items very seriously.”

The IMLS Bookshelf focuses on collections typically found in art or history museums and in libraries’ special collections, with an added selection of texts for living collections. Topics include the philosophy and ethics of collecting, collections management and planning, emergency preparedness, and culturally specific conservation issues. Among the publications selected were The National Trust Manual of Housekeeping (published by the British National Trust in 2005), the Field Guide to Emergency Response (published by Heritage Preservation in 2006), and Essentials of Conservation Biology (published by Primack in 2006).

“We are very pleased to announce the recipients of the IMLS Bookshelf in the second round of competition. These libraries, museums, and archives are in the forefront of our call to action on behalf of America’s collections,” said Anne-Imelda Radice, director of IMLS. “According to a recent national survey, our important collections are at great risk, and without them, the American story simply cannot be told to future generations.”

The IMLS Bookshelf is a crucial component of Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action, a conservation initiative that the Institute launched in 2006. IMLS began the initiative in response to a 2005 study by Heritage Preservation documenting the dire state of the nation’s collections. The multi-faceted, multi-year initiative shines a nationwide spotlight on the needs of America’s collections, especially those held by smaller institutions, which often lack the human and financial resources necessary to adequately care for their collections. For more information on the conservation initiative, please go to www.imls.gov/collections

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC, Inc.) is a nonprofit, 501(C)(3) organization with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. NAWCC operates the School of Horology, an accredited institution offering instruction and skills verification in watch and clock repair and restoration, the National Watch and Clock Museum, which houses a collection of over 12,000 timekeeping artifacts, and a Library and Research Center with over 5,000 cataloged references. To learn more about the NAWCC and affiliated organizations, visit www.nawcc.org.


August 6, 2008
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TEA TIME WITH THE FIRST LADIES

COLUMBIA, PA: In conjunction with its Time in Office: Presidential Timepiece exhibit, the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia will present tea time and an historical fashion show highlighting dress styles of the United States First Ladies on Saturday, September 20, at 1 p.m. in the Museum’s elegant marble rotunda and adjacent theatre.

Models from “Bosom Buddies to Bustles” from Fort Roberdeau, PA, will present the fashions, and commentator Peggy Fields will share the historical relevance of the fashion trends during the presidential times in office. Prior to, or following the tea, guests can enjoy this one-of-a-kind special exhibit filled with watches, clocks, images, stories, and memorabilia of U.S. presidents that have been brought together for the first time in one museum, and some of the objects have never before left their home museums.

Tea time with the First Ladies will include assorted quartered sandwiches, tea breads, scones with luscious toppings, and petite desserts accompanied by a selection of teas. Tickets ($25 for adults; $16 for children 12 and under) include the tea, fashion show, and admission to the Museum. Reservations may be made in person at the Museum, or by calling 717-684-8261, ext. 237, or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Because seating is limited, plan to register early. This program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Summer hours also include Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


August 5, 2008
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CELEBRATE GRANDPARENTS DAY BY MAKING A MEMORY CLOCK TOGETHER

COLUMBIA, PA: Time flies and precious times shared come and go. The National Watch and Clock Museum offers a unique way to preserve some of those special memories. In honor of Grandparents Day, on September 13 at 10 a.m., grandparents and their families are invited to participate in September’s Second Hand Saturday workshop where they can work together to create a clock that represents their shared memories. Those attending will use a shadow box, the workings for a clock, decorations, and favorite photos to create a “memory” clock to take home and enjoy.

Everyone assumes Grandparents Day is just another one of those holidays that Hallmark® dreamed up for us to buy more cards. Actually, Hallmark isn’t responsible. The person who made it all happen is a West Virginia housewife, Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, who in 1970 initiated a campaign to set aside a special day just for grandparents. “Everyone is a grandchild and can be involved in the observance of this day – a time to discover one’s roots and learn patience, understanding and appreciation for the elderly. Grandparents Day is the perfect time to enhance communication between the generations,” explained McQuade.

The first Grandparents Day was proclaimed in 1973 in West Virginia by Governor Arch Moore, and that year Senator Jennings Randolph introduced a resolution in the United States Senate. After five years of contacting politicians in every state and sending letters to numerous churches and businesses, Marian McQuade’s dream was realized nationally when, in 1978, the United States Congress passed legislation recognizing National Grandparents Day. September was chosen for the holiday to signify the “autumn years” of life. Today, this event is observed by millions throughout the United States.

There is a fee of $20 for each clock created and the cost includes Museum admission. Pre-registration is required by contacting the Education Department at 717-684-8261, ext. 237. This event is sponsored in part through a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Summer hours also include Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org


July 29, 2008
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SCHOOL BENEFITS FROM WATCHMAKER’S ESTATE

COLUMBIA, PA: The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC Inc) recently received a generous gift from the estate of Kenneth C. Hoxie, a former watchmaker from New Holland, PA. Hoxie, a member of the Association from 1969 to 2007, designated 30% of his estate to be used as an endowment fund in which the income will be used for the operation of the NAWCC School of Horology in Columbia. The resulting $175,000 will benefit the School in its daily operations and education of its students.

An area resident most of his life, Hoxie was the owner and operator of Hoxie Jewelry Shop. Along with his affiliation with the NAWCC, he was the founder of The Watch Makers Guild of Lancaster. Hoxie also enjoyed his membership in the Pennsylvania Jewelers Association, the American Watch Makers Institute, and the Genealogical Institute of America. He was also very involved in numerous civic organizations, including the Susquehanna Masonic Lodge #364 of Millersburg, Harrisburg Shrine Club, Rajah Temple, the Reading Consistory, and charter and past president of Millersburg Lion’s Club.

The NAWCC is proud to assist in the preservation of our horological heritage. One of its primary goals is education of both this and future generations into timekeeping and timekeeping devices. Persons who would like to assist in this educational mission by making a current gift or a planned gift for the future, should contact Executive Director Steve Humphrey at 717-684-8261, ext. 209 for more information.

The School of Horology is licensed by the State of Pennsylvania Department of Education Division of Private Licensed Schools and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). The School of Horology is dedicated to the preparation of students for entry into horological business fields. The School’s mission is to preserve established skills and knowledge of the art of clock and watch making, repair, and restoration, while encouraging interest in horological research. Class sizes are small to ensure students the personalized instruction necessary to master the specialized skills.

The NAWCC School of Horology is a division of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Hundreds of students have come through the School’s programs since it opened in 1995. The NAWCC also operates the National Watch & Clock Museum and Library and Research Center in Columbia, PA. Additional information can be obtained by visiting our website at www.nawcc.org.


July 28, 2008
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“DESIGNED BY YOU” WORKSHOP

COLUMBIA, PA: With high gas prices, are you still looking for things to do that are closer to home before the summer ends? A good option is to visit the “center of time” at the National Watch and Clock Museum where families can enjoy activities together.

Second Hand Saturday Workshops are scheduled at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month and cost $10 for each participant. Admission to the Museum is included with the workshop, so after you complete your own clock, see other timepieces that clock and watchmakers have made, even back to ancient timekeeping!

In the “Designed by You” workshop scheduled for August 9, a square shape is provided and each participant becomes a designer and can create a unique clock using a wide variety of decorations. After decorating, a movement is added making the creation a working clock that can be taken home to proudly display.

Pre-registration is required by contacting the Education Department at 717-684-8261, ext. 237. These programs are sponsored in part through a grant by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. April through November the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Summer hours also include Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more information, directions, or general museum information call (717) 684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


July 25, 2008
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EXTENDED VISIT FOR SHOES AND BOTTLES!

COLUMBIA, PA: Due to popular demand, the jaw-dropping Stanley Clockworks exhibit at the National Watch and Clock Museum has been extended until the end of the year!

The “Walking Clock” and “Bottle Clock” are the highlights of this special exhibit that opened in March. The reaction from visitors to the exhibit has been incredible. “I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s something you have to see to believe. I mean, it’s like something out of Dr. Seuss!” shared one recent visitor to the Museum.

The Walking Clock is 3 feet wide, 24 feet long, and 9 feet tall and uses a pendulum with 12 shoes that walk forward and backward on a boardwalk to tell time! Across from the Walking Clock sits the 20 foot-long Bottle Clock that uses 300 bottles to keep time and took five months to build! Other unique clocks in the collection include the Timber Frame Clock which uses 4 x 4 oak timber, an old school bell, and stones, and the Train Clock which looks like the front of a vintage train.

Rick Stanley and his son, Vince, co-owner and engineer for the company, think creatively to build their ingenious clocks and manifest a “what if” attitude. What if the clock was stretched out laterally rather than circular? What if the mechanisms were displayed so that everyone could actually see the inner workings of the clock? What if the clock was built around a particular theme? This Stanley Clockworks exhibit is the answer to all these questions and more!

The National Watch and Clock Museum has almost 12,000 timepieces in its collection and is home to not only historical and traditional timepieces but also novelty ones such as those represented by Stanley Clockworks. For additional information about the company and to see an entertaining video of the Walking Clock in action, visit http://www.stanleyclockworks.com/.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Summer hours also include Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


July 14, 2008
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SCHOOL APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR

COLUMBIA, PA: The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) announces the appointment of Jim Michaels to School Director and Lead Watch Instructor at its School of Horology in Columbia.

Michaels, who served as director for several years when the School opened in 1995, returned in January to serve as an adjunct instructor and now has assumed the role of director as well. Michaels attended the Chicago School of Watchmaking in 1971 and completed the Eastern New Mexico University curriculum in 1974. Following this schooling, Michaels was awarded the Certified Master Watchmakers Certification in 1974 by AWI, and he attended advanced watchmaking courses in 1975 at the Watchmaker of Switzerland Technical Education Program in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Well recognized in the field as both a talented instructor and watchmaker, Michaels’ businesses over the years have handled many high-end repairs and restorations of watches and clocks. Michaels never realized how much he missed teaching until he started again this year, and he welcomes the opportunity to share his years of experience in the field with his students. “I am excited to teach “old school” traditional watchmaking methods, as well as the most modern and up-to-date techniques used today,” states Michaels.

The School of Horology traditionally offers a great balance between both these teaching techniques.

The School of Horology is licensed by the State of Pennsylvania Department of Education Division of Private Licensed Schools and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). The School of Horology is dedicated to the preparation of students for entry into horological business fields. The School’s mission is to preserve established skills and knowledge of the art of clock and watch making, repair, and restoration, while encouraging interest in horological research. Class size is strictly limited to ensure students the personalized instruction necessary to master the specialized skills.

The NAWCC School of Horology is a division of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Nearly a thousand students come through the School’s programs since it opened in 1995. The NAWCC also operates the National Watch & Clock Museum and Library and Research Center in Columbia, PA. Additional information can be obtained by visiting our website at www.nawcc.org.


June 24, 2008
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TIME…for KIDS

COLUMBIA, PA: With high gas prices, are you looking for things to do that are closer to home this summer? A good option is to visit the “center of time” at the National Watch and Clock Museum where families can enjoy activities planned throughout the summer.

On JULY 15TH or 17TH during TIME…for KIDS, the Museum is calling all kid inventors! In honor of Stanley Clockworks special exhibit, children can make some crazy clocks of their own. Parents may register their children for either Tuesday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to noon or Thursday, July 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $15 per child or $25 for two children from the same household. The following time-related activities are planned:

* Make a clock from a vegetable or fruit to take home
* Learn how to make clocks from common household items
* Design a clock of their own using different wooden shapes
* Discover some of the treasures in the Museum
* AND lots of other fun and educational activities!

Pre-registration is required by contacting the Education Department at 717-684-8261, ext. 237. This program is sponsored in part through a grant by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. April through November the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Summer hours also include Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more information, directions, or general Museum information call (717) 684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


June 16, 2008
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A NOVEL WAY TO “SAVE” TIME…

COLUMBIA, PA: Time flies, but now you can “save” time! Become a Museum Timekeeper and help the National Watch & Clock Museum preserve and present countless timekeepers, from ancient sundials and water clocks to modern, technically advanced wristwatches.

Local individuals and businesses can support the Museum in its mission of preservation and education. All Timekeepers receive free admission to the National Watch & Clock Museum, discounts in the Museum’s store, the Museum eNewsletter, Association of Science-Technology Centers privileges, invitations to members-only events, and additional discounted Museum admission tickets. Business Timekeepers receive certificates of membership, free basic listings on the Museum’s website, and discounts on facility rentals.

“The National Watch & Clock Museum is committed to its role of preserving and interpreting these priceless objects and promoting tourism in the Central Pennsylvania region” said Museum Director Noel Poirier, “and the financial support of the community is essential to the fulfillment of that mission and the long -term viability of the Museum.” The Museum already has a number of local businesses that have become members of the Business Timekeeper program, including Bully’s Restaurant of Columbia. “We were very excited when Bully’s offered to support the Museum; his [Dave Zahm, owner of Bully’s] eagerness to support the Museum was very welcome and, we hope, contagious!” Poirier stated.

Individuals and businesses interested in learning more about the National Watch & Clock Museum’s Timekeeper program should contact the Museum by calling 717-684-8261 or the Museum’s website at www.nawcc.org/museum/museum. Businesses that want to learn more about how they can support the Museum are encouraged to contact Museum Director Noel Poirier. “We want to ensure that the National Watch & Clock Museum can continue its mission and the Timekeeper program is vital to that goal,” said Poirier.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Summer hours also include Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. December through March, hours include Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


June 10, 2008
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HOPS ’N CLOCKS

COLUMBIA, PA: Sip on some hops and check out the clocks! In honor of the Bottle Clock in the Stanley Clockworks exhibit, the National Watch and Clock Museum is holding a beer-tasting event, “Hops ’n Clocks,” on Thursday, July 10, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Five area breweries including Yuengling, Spring House, Appalachian, Stoudts, and Lancaster Brewing will be offering samples of their finest brews. The Stanleys like to think “out of the box” when it comes to the creation of their whimsical clocks and will host an open house with their exhibit where they will explain just what makes their clocks tick! This approach to clockmaking is what led to the creation of the 20 foot-long Bottle Clock which uses 300 empty beer bottles to keep time! Along with the Bottle Clock, guests will enjoy experiencing the entire Stanley Clockworks exhibit.

Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen from Columbia will provide delicious accompaniments to compliment the beer and a non-alcoholic beverage will also be available for those not sampling. Owners, David and Sharon Prudhomme, enjoy keeping their family tradition of made-on-the-premises cuisine alive and always look forward to sharing it.

The Craven Family Band, providing creative folk, bluegrass, and traditional American music, will perform in the Museum's theater. Writing songs in a relentless, humorous, and occasionally baleful manner, listeners quickly become fans of this popular folk band.

The suggested donation for the evening is $25 for those sampling and $15 for other guests in attendance. Everyone will receive a commemorative glass, Museum admission, and light hors d’oeurves along with musical entertainment and time with the Stanley Clockworks creators.

For additional information, visit http://www.nawcc.org/museum/hopsandclocks.html. Attendance for this special event is limited. Contact Katie Knaub, Director of Education at 717-684-8261, ext 237 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for tickets.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Summer hours also include Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more information, directions, or general Museum information call (717) 684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


May 30, 2008
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TRAVELING THROUGH TIME

COLUMBIA, PA “Summertime and the livin’ is easy…” Families travel to their favorite vacation spot for some R and R. Throughout history navigation tools have enabled humans to discover and explore their world and what lies beyond without losing their way.

The National Watch and Clock Museum will explore the history of navigation in its Time & Exploration exhibit scheduled to open in April 2009. Astrolabes, marine chronometers, compasses, sextants, surveying equipment, chronometers, GPS devices, and stories from the world’s explorers, modern and historical, will show how navigation has changed over time and the importance of time in determining one’s location.

The National Watch & Clock Museum wants to augment the exhibit with displays of scale models of vessels, aircraft, and spacecraft. “We are asking model makers and collectors in the community to support the exhibit by loaning models of famous exploration vessels for exhibition in the Museum rotunda and gallery,” says Museum Director Noel Poirier. “The models add an element of whimsy and imagination to the exhibit and place the historical artifacts in context, even if that context is scaled down!”

If you have a model or story you’d like to share with the Museum and the thousands of visitors who travel to the Museum annually, please contact Poirier at 717-684-8261, ext. 236.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. From April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Summer hours also include Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From December through March, hours include Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


May 29, 2008
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FABULOUS FOURTH FRIDAY FLICKS

COLUMBIA, PA: Take yourself or your whole family to the movies – for free! Usually there’s some sort of catch or gimmick included in an offer like this. But here’s a genuine opportunity to enjoy a free movie and free popcorn in a comfortable, air-conditioned theater!

Participating in the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce’s “Fabulous Fourth Friday in the Rivertownes” program, The National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia will continue to offer free movies or buy one-get one free Museum admission on the fourth Fridays in June through September. The Museum will extend its hours until the movie begins at 6 p.m. Early attendance is suggested because seating is limited.

The following is the schedule through September:
June 27 - Glory (sponsored by Rivertownes PA USA)
July 25 - Man of the Year (sponsored by Pennsylvania Humanities Council)
August 22 - Buy one – get one free Museum admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
September 26 Robots (sponsored by Commerce Bank)

Call Katie Knaub, Director of Education, for additional information at 717-684-8261 ext. 237.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Summer hours also include Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more information, directions, or general Museum information call (717) 684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


May 22, 2008
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PARADOX OF AMERICAN LEADERSHIP EXPLORED AT WATCH AND CLOCK MUSEUM

COLUMBIA, PA: The National Watch and Clock Museum is hosting guest speaker Dr. Roger Lane to speak on “Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Paradox of Leadership” on June 28 at 2:00 p.m. Some FDR timepieces are part of the Time in Office Presidential Timepiece exhibit currently featured at the Museum.

Dr. Lane is Commonwealth Speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and Research Professor of Social History at Haverford College. He earned a B.A. in History from Yale University, a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Haverford College. The Philadelphia Inquirer recently named Lane one of the “Top Ten Profs” in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Dr. Lane has received numerous awards, has written several prize-winning books, and has frequently appeared in television documentaries about American history.

Dr. Lane explains, “During this election year, when Americans are measuring the candidates, we want to know just what makes a leader. Is leadership an innate quality that we are born with? Or is a man’s or woman’s biography and experience the key? In the case of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the answer may surprise many listeners!”

The Time in Office exhibit shows watches, clocks, images, stories, and other objects from the presidents’ years in the White House and explores presidents’ attitudes toward time and the significant events that occurred during their time in office. This is the first time these timepieces and related memorabilia have been brought together in one museum, and some of the objects have never left their home museums. Time in Office will continue through the election year until December 31.

Pre-registration for the lecture is required by contacting the Education Department at 717-684-8261 ext. 237. This program is sponsored in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Summer hours also include Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more information, directions, or general Museum information call (717) 684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


May 15, 2008
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FUN SUMMER WORKSHOPS AT THE WATCH AND CLOCK MUSEUM

COLUMBIA, PA: With high gas prices, are you looking for things to do that are closer to home this summer? A good option is to visit the “center of time” at the National Watch and Clock Museum where families can enjoy activities planned throughout the summer. Additional hours to visit the Museum include 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day.

Second Hand Saturday Workshops are scheduled at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month and cost $10 for each participant. Admission to the Museum is included with the workshop, so after you complete your own clock, see other timepieces that clock and watchmakers have made, even back to ancient timekeeping!

Pre-registration is required by contacting the Education Department at 717-684-8261, ext. 237. These programs are sponsored in part through a grant by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

JUNE 7 – TREASURE TIME: Create a timepiece in which your treasures can be stored. Participants will make a clock from a wooden treasure chest and decorate it.

JULY 12 – BEACH FUN CLOCK: Create a fun flip-flop clock to remember good times at the beach!

AUGUST 9 – DESIGNED BY YOU: A circle shape is provided and you can design and create a clock totally created by YOU!

On JULY 15TH or 17TH during TIME…for KIDS, the Museum is calling all kid inventors! In honor of Stanley Clockworks special exhibit, children can make some crazy clocks of their own. Parents may register their children for either Tuesday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to noon or Thursday, July 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $15 per child or $25 for two children from the same household. The following time-related activities are planned:

* Make a clock from a vegetable or fruit to take home
* Learn how to make clocks from common household items
* Design a clock of their own using different wooden shapes
* Discover some of the treasures in the Museum
* AND lots of other fun and educational activities!

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. April through November the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Summer hours also include Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more information, directions, or general Museum information call (717) 684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


May 13, 2008
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CELEBRATE FABULOUS FOURTH FRIDAYS WITH BOGO ADMISSION AT WATCH AND CLOCK MUSEUM!

COLUMBIA, PA: In conjunction with the Rivertowns’ “Fabulous Fourth Fridays,” the National Watch and Clock Museum is offering a “buy one, get one” free admission on Friday, May 23 during its open hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Columbia is the center of time and the Museum is home to North America’s largest collection of timepieces, including an 11-foot-tall French Statue Clock, enchanting German musical clocks, and the Engle Monumental Clock with 48 moving figures!

In addition to its usual multitude of timepieces, two special exhibits are on display. The whimsical Stanley Clockworks exhibit uses shoes and bottles to tell time and Time in Office celebrates this election year with watches, clocks, images, stories and objects from our presidents’ years in the White House.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. April through November the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Summer hours also include Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more information, directions, or general museum information call (717) 684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


May 12, 2008
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VOLUNTEERS ARE HONORED AT THE NATIONAL WATCH AND CLOCK MUSEUM

COLUMBIA, PA: Thirty-five volunteers for the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors gave over 3,600 hours of service last year. They were honored at a luncheon at the Museum on April 28.

Volunteer Judy Anttonen earned the Volunteer of the Year award for her donating 240 hours to the Library and Research Center and Collections area of the Museum.

Judy, a resident of Lancaster County, is a retired special education teacher, having taught special needs students for 30 years. Along with keeping fit by running, swimming, and golfing, she and her husband have a radio show at Millersville University where they play the “Oldies but Goodies” each Saturday. When asked about her experience at the Museum, Judy comments, “I look forward to my days at the Museum where I have learned so much about horology and timepieces and have seen the passion members have for watches and clocks. While working with databases, I enjoy researching, archiving, and adding images to the database of the collection and have even had the opportunity to write a couple of columns for the Association’s bimonthly journal.”

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors seeks volunteers to help at the School of Horology, the Library and Research Center, the Museum, and National offices. Whether you have an extensive background in timekeeping, a casual interest in the subject, or simply a little extra time to
share, the NAWCC can use YOUR help. Please call the NAWCC at 717-684-8261, ext. 237 for more information on how you can become involved in the volunteer program.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Summer hours also include Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


April 25, 2008
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A TIME FOR GARDENING

COLUMBIA, PA: For Mother’s Day, perfume, dinner out, and flowers are all very popular gift ideas. But how about a gift that will last throughout time?

On Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m., participants can make a fun and attractive timepiece with silk flowers, a block of foam, Spanish moss, a decorated clay pot, clock hands and a battery.

“The Museum always enjoys sharing with others the workmanship in traditional timepieces like the tallcase and cuckoo clocks, but novelty clocks like the one visitors will create in the workshop, show how time can also be lots of fun,” stated Director of Education Katie Knaub.

Cost is $10 for each person making a clock, and admission to the Museum is included with the workshop fee. Pre-registration is required by contacting the Education Department at 717-684-8261 ext. 237. This program is sponsored in part through a grant by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., and closed on Mondays. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


April 24, 2008
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DETAILS ON NATIONAL CONVENTION COMING UP IN JUNE!

COLUMBIA, PA: Ozark Chapter 57 of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors is hosting the 63rd Annual Convention at the Springfield Exposition Center in Springfield, MO, June 11-14. Come for a great time with fellow members and friends who share your passion of watch and clock collecting and trading.

George Everett, author of Lenzkirch Clocks – The Unsigned Story, will give the keynote address on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the University Plaza Hotel. Everett is a retired U.S. Army Warrant Officer who became interested in clocks while he was stationed in Germany. Living in Madison, AL, George works for the Department of the Army as Patriot Missile Systems program manager for NATO countries. Everett’s exhibit of Lenzkirch clocks will be on display throughout the convention.

Eight other lectures will be scheduled for Thursday and Friday, including:
* English Watches 1700-1850 by Doug Caulkins
* The Waltham 37-Size Story: Cars, Ships, Planes, Security and Boudoirs by Reverend Canon Harry Firth
* Ruby Jewels: High Grade Products of The Rockford and Aurora Watch Companies by Greg Frauenhoff
* More on “Time: A Premium” by Ursula Metsker
* How to Adjust the Recoil and Deadbeat Escapement and How to Put a Clock in Beat by Hugh Dugas
* Southwestern Ohio Wood Tall Clocks by Tom Spittler
* The Evolution of American Weight- Driven Clock Case Design by John Teeter
* Life and Times of the Ithaca Calendar Clock Co. – History and Anecdotes by Joel Warren

Contestants in the annual Crafts Competition will exhibit their entries and compete for first place in several categories. Deadline for entries is May 16 and additional information can be found on the website.

The Field Suitcase Workshop Program will include Introduction to Basic Time & Strike (F101), Time & Strike Clocks with Spring Barrels (F102), and Introduction to Basic Pocket Watch Repair (F301). The deadline to sign up for these workshops is May 10; however, only one space is available in F101, F102 has room for three more, and F301 is filled with a waiting list. All those registered must have the correct movements and all of the required tools.

The Mart, will feature 900 tables of watches, clocks, and parts for members to purchase and trade. With an escort, non-members are welcome to take the time to tour the displays and the Mart to see what encompasses timepieces from the past, to the present, and into the future. Members are also encouraged to invite their friends, relatives, and business associates who are non-members to attend and participate via the sponsored visitor program. The annual Clock and Watch Auction will be held on Thursday at 7 p.m.

NAWCC Conventions are now for the whole family! In addition to family entertainment in the Springfield area, the NAWCC is providing activities for younger family members. At the Junior Horologist Table, kids can design a wristwatch, make a sundial, learn how fruit is used to tell time, and even go on a scavenger hunt! So bring the kids and grandkids this year!

Tim Orr, a member of the NAWCC, expresses why he enjoys attending the National Convention: “We all get to talk one-to-one with people interested in the same thing we are, and authorities in the field are right here on the scene. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn and interact with others. To me, the Convention is not just about clocks and watches, it’s about people. I have found that everyone will go out of their way to share their time and knowledge. That is what the Association is about!”

Pre-registration for the convention closes May 25, and the deadline for a special rate on hotel accommodations is May 10. Additional information is available at nawcc2008national.org or by contacting Convention co-chairs Hugh and Ruth Overton at 417-358-5861 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC, Inc.) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. NAWCC operates the School of Horology, an accredited institution offering instruction and skills verification in watch and clock repair and restoration, the National Watch and Clock Museum, which houses a collection of over 12,000 timekeeping artifacts, and a Library and Research Center with over 5,000 cataloged references. To learn more about the NAWCC and affiliated organizations, visit www.nawcc.org.


April 18, 2008
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FASCINATED WITH TIME?

COLUMBIA, PA: Have you always been fascinated with time? What makes the hands on that old clock in your living room go around? How does that pocket watch from your grandfather keep on ticking? There’s a worldwide association of nearly 23,000 members who all have one thing in common: a fascination with timepieces and their makers.

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors is holding its 63rd Annual convention at the Springfield Exposition Center in Springfield, MO, June 11-14. Hosted by Ozark Chapter 57, the convention is open to everyone, in addition to NAWCC members.

George Everett, author of Lenzkrich Clocks – The Unsigned Story, will give the keynote address on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the University Plaza Hotel. Everett is the author of Lenzkrich Clocks – The Unsigned Story. Everett is a retired U.S. Army Warrant Officer who became interested in clocks while he was stationed in Germany. Living in Madison, AL, George works for the Department of the Army as Patriot Missile Systems program manager for NATO countries. Everett’s exhibit of Lenzkirch clocks will be on display throughout the convention.

In addition to this presentation, nine other lectures are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, including “the Story of English Watches”, “Southwestern Ohio Wood Tall Clocks”, and “the Life and Times of the Ithaca Calendar Clock Company”. Also on the schedule is “Time: A Premium,” featuring advertising watches and clocks from cereal boxes or available by mail from other food products. All lectures are given by experts who are extremely knowledgeable and informative, and there is usually time for questions and answers following the presentations.

The Mart, room will have 900 tables of watches, clocks, and parts that are available for NAWCC members to purchase or trade. With an escort, non-members are welcome to take the time to tour the displays and see what encompasses timepieces from the past, to the present, and into the future.

The Convention is not only a place for time-conscious adults, it’s also a place where children can learn about time and create time treasures to take home. At the Junior Horologist Table, kids can design a wristwatch, make a sundial, learn how fruit is used to tell time, and even go on a scavenger hunt!

Tim Orr, a member of the NAWCC, expresses why he enjoys attending the National Convention: “We all get to talk one-to-one with people interested in the same thing we are, and authorities in the field are right here on the scene. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn and interact with others. To me, the Convention is not just about clocks and watches, it’s about people. I have found that everyone will go out of their way to share their time and knowledge. That is what the Association is about!”

All lectures and exhibits are free and open to the public. Additional information is available at nawcc2008national.org or by contacting Convention co-chairs Hugh and Ruth Overton at 417-358-5861 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you are interested in learning more about the NAWCC, including all the benefits of membership, information is also available at the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors’ website at www.nawcc.org. .

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC, Inc.) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. NAWCC operates the School of Horology, an accredited institution offering instruction and skills verification in watch and clock repair and restoration, the National Watch and Clock Museum, which houses a collection of over 12,000 timekeeping artifacts, and a Library and Research Center with over 5,000 cataloged references. To learn more about the NAWCC and affiliated organizations, visit www.nawcc.org.


April 4, 2008
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TIMELY SUMMER WORKSHOPS

COLUMBIA, PA: What do your summer vacation plans include? Perhaps the beach, mountains, or sky-diving? How about traveling to the center of time where you can learn something new or brush up on skills you haven’t used for a while? The School is located in Lancaster County with lots of cultural, historical, and shopping opportunities to complete your vacation to the area.

The NAWCC’s School of Horology, located directly across the street from the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, has workshops designed for beginner and advanced students, to learn about and care for timepieces; through hands-on learning the program builds confidence and skills in watch and clock repair and maintenance.

Registration for these workshops is quickly approaching. The summer schedule includes:
* WS-116 Introduction to Servicing the Platform Escapement (Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8)
* WS-122 Reverse Painting on Glass with Lee Davis (Monday-Friday, June 23-27)
* WS-220 Repivoting Watches and Clocks (Saturday, June 28)
* WS-221 Using the Micro Mill to Re-bush a Clock (Sunday, June 29)
* WS-112 Servicing a Clock for the Beginner (Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20)
* WS-211 Servicing a Marine Chronometer (Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20)
* WS-124 Dial Restoration and Painting (Monday-Friday, July 21-25)
* WS-102 Wooden Clock Movement Repair (Saturday and Sunday, August 9-10)
* WS-111 Servicing a Pocket Watch for the Beginner (Saturday and Sunday, August 16-17)
* WS-230 Basics of the Quartz Watch (Saturday and Sunday, August 23-24)

Generally, all materials, supplies, and machinery are provided. Workshops are held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., including two 15-minute breaks and 1½ hours for lunch. For registration information and a full workshop schedule with descriptions of these and all the other workshops, visit http://www.nawcc.org/school/workshops/wssched.htm. Those interested may also call Director of Education, Katie Knaub at 717-684-826, ext. 237 for more information.

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC, Inc.) is a nonprofit, 501(C)(3) organization with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. NAWCC operates the School of Horology, an ACCST- accredited institution offering instruction and skills verification in watch and clock repair and restoration; the National Watch and Clock Museum, which houses a collection of over 12,000 timekeeping artifacts; and a Library and Research Center with over 5,000 cataloged references. To learn more about the NAWCC and affiliated organizations, visit www.nawcc.org.


April 3, 2008
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RECORD-BREAKING ATTENDANCE SET AT MUSEUM

COLUMBIA, PA: We’ve got great news at the Museum, and we want to shout it from the top of the Clock Tower!

The numbers are in, and we’ve set a new attendance record for March! A grand total of 1,033 people visited the Museum, doubling the usual March attendance of 500-700!

Contributing to the remarkable increase in attendance is the Stanley Clockworks exhibit that features the Walking Clock, the Bottle Clock and two other unique clocks. This exhibit, along with media coverage, has attracted many who had not previously visited the Museum.

“Through diligent work on the part of the staff, the Museum has captured the attention of the media, like never seen before, and has received phenomenal coverage resulting in this record-breaking attendance. With the Time in Office exhibit opening on April 18, high attendance is expected to continue. While most Museums are seeing a decline or flattening of attendance, it’s encouraging to see our numbers rise,” stated Museum Director, Noel Poirier.


March 20, 2008
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NATIONAL WATCH AND CLOCK MUSEUM EXPANDS ITS HOURS

COLUMBIA, PA: The National Watch and Clock Museum announces extension of hours to allow more time for visitors to tour the Museum.

From April 1 through Memorial Day, the Museum will be open to visitors Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m.

From Memorial Day through Labor Day Museum hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members representing 55 countries. Discounts are available to seniors, students, families, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For program information, directions or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


March 14, 2008
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RECYCLED TIME

COLUMBIA, PA: With bottles, cans, plastic, and newspapers all being recycled these days, why not time? In honor of Earth Day, The National Watch and Clock Museum’s Second Hand Saturday Workshop will give visitors an opportunity to create a clock using recycled materials.

On Saturday, April 12, at 10 a.m., participants can “go green” by decorating a CD, attaching the hands and battery, and mounting it on a stand. The result is a fun and attractive timepiece to keep or even give as a gift.

“The Museum always enjoys sharing with others the workmanship in traditional timepieces like the tallcase and cuckoo clocks, but novelty clocks like the one visitors will create in the workshop, show how time can also be lots of fun,” stated Director of Education Katie Knaub.

Cost is $10 for each person making a clock, and admission to the Museum is included with the workshop fee. Pre-registration is required by contacting the Education Department at 717-684-8261 ext. 237. This program is sponsored in part through a grant by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


March 10, 2008
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SCHOOL APPOINTS CLOCK INSTRUCTOR

COLUMBIA, PA: The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) announces the appointment of Al Dodson to Clock Instructor at its School of Horology in Columbia.

Certified Master Clockmaker from the American Watchmakers Institute, Dodson brings to the School a degree in Micro Precision Technology, continuing education courses through the years, and 21 years of owning his own clock repair business in Lexington, KY.

As a member of the NAWCC, Dodson contributes to the Education Committee and has always had an interest in horological education as is shown by his training of other Association members. He has presented many programs through the years at local and regional meetings and was a presenter at the 2007 NAWCC national convention.

Executive Director Steve Humphrey stated, “I am pleased that we have been able to attract someone with as much experience and dedication as Al has to lead our clock program at the School of Horology.”

The School of Horology is licensed by the State of Pennsylvania Department of Education Division of Private Licensed Schools and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). The School of Horology is dedicated to the preparation of students for entry into horological business fields.

The School’s mission is to preserve established skills and knowledge of the art of clock and watch making, repair, and restoration, while encouraging interest in horological research. Class size is strictly limited to ensure students the personalized instruction necessary to master the specialized skills.

The NAWCC School of Horology is a division of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The School has had 961 students come through its programs since 1995. The NAWCC also operates the National Watch & Clock Museum and Library and Research Center in Columbia, PA. Additional information can be obtained by visiting our website at www.nawcc.org.


March 3, 2008
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SCHOOL OF HOROLOGY CONTINUES OFFERING WORKSHOPS

COLUMBIA, PA: If you have a fascination with time the School of Horology has a workshop program that may be just what you’re looking for. The School, located directly across the street from the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, has workshops designed for beginner and advanced students, to learn about the care for timepieces; through hands-on learning the program builds confidence and skills in watch and clock repair and maintenance.

Upcoming workshops include:
* WS-225 Math for the Clockmaker (Saturday, March 29)
* WS-226 How to Use a Jacot Tool (Sunday, March 30)
* WS-106 Flat Polishing Watch Parts (Saturday, April 5)
* WS-108 Watch Case Polishing for the Beginner (Sunday, April 6)
* WS-114 How to Use a Watchmakers/Jewelers Lathe for the Beginner (Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13)
* WS-202 Basic Servicing of a Repeater Watch (Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27)

Generally, all materials, supplies, and machinery are provided. Workshops are held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., including two 15-minute breaks and 1 ½ hours for lunch. For registration information and a full workshop schedule with descriptions of these and all the other workshops, visit http://www.nawcc.org/school/workshops/wssched.htm. You may also call Avocational Administrative Coordinator Ted Brachfeld at 717-684-8261 for more information.

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC, Inc.) is a nonprofit, 501(C)(3) organization with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. NAWCC operates the School of Horology, an ACCST- accredited institution offering instruction and skills verification in watch and clock repair and restoration; the National Watch and Clock Museum, which houses a collection of over 12,000 timekeeping artifacts; and the Library and Research Center with over 5,000 cataloged references. To learn more about the NAWCC and affiliated organizations, visit www.nawcc.org.


February 29, 2008
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NAWCC HELPS SELL WATCHMAKER'S ESTATE

Stewart Unger, a longtime member of the NAWCC, passed away in September 2006. His estate has asked the NAWCC to assist in selling his horological items. These approximately 800 items are from his Manhattan shop, “Time Will Tell” and his personal collection. These timepieces will gradually be up for sale over the next 10-12 weeks. The proceeds of the sale after expenses go back to the estate to be distributed according to his will. The NAWCC School of Horology is a beneficiary in the residual of the estate.

The timepieces, primarily watches, are available for sale on eBay under our account. Some are very unique and one-of-a kind including a pendant watch in the form of an opera glass, an early Gruen nurses watch, a Braille wristwatch and many others. To locate these items, go to eBay and click on “advanced search”. Then select “items by seller” and enter the seller’s ID – nawcc.org

Check the account often, as more pieces will be added in the coming weeks.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Sundays and Mondays. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


February 26, 2008
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WATCH AND CLOCK MUSEUM CELEBRATING DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME WITH REDUCED ADMISSION

COLUMBIA, PA Lose an hour of time, but gain dollars in your wallet as you celebrate Daylight Saving Time (DST) at the National Watch and Clock Museum. Compared to the number of clocks we have in our homes, the Museum has nearly 12,000 timepieces, and many need to be reset for DST.

To observe this semi-annual event, on Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Museum will offer a “buy-one-get-one” admission. On the schedule that day you may also design a beaded wristwatch in the wristwatch workshop. Museum admission is included in the $15 workshop fee. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, March 6 by contacting the Education Department at 717-684-8261 ext. 237.

Be one of the first people to see the 24-foot long, 12-shoed, two-fisted, time-telling, walking clock! The Walking Clock’s pendulum is a wheel with 12 shoes that walk forward and backward on a boardwalk to tell time. Designer Rick Stanley spent approximately 2,000 hours to complete this one-of-a-kind piece.

The Walking Clock is one among several clocks that are a part of the whimsical clocks included in the Stanley Clockworks Exhibit collection that opened March 1. Others include the 20-foot-long Bottle Clock that uses 300 bottles to keep time; the Timber Frame Clock that uses 4 x 4 oak timber, an old school bell, and stones; and the Train Clock that looks like the front of a vintage train.

So, save a few bucks, design a beaded wristwatch, and watch time walk by as you celebrate Daylight Saving Time at the National Watch and Clock Museum, the center of time and home to North America’s largest collection of timepieces.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Sundays and Mondays. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


February 18, 2008
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DESIGN A WRISTWATCH AT WATCH AND CLOCK MUSEUM

COLUMBIA, PA Wipe away those winter blues and design a watch that will make you think spring at the National Watch and Clock Museum’s Second Hand Saturday Workshop Program.

On Saturday, March 8, at 10 a.m., participants can use their creative ability to create a beaded wristwatch to keep or give as a gift. With a wide assortment of beads, a silver finish design watch face, and a toggle clasp, a watch can easily become a work of art.

“The Museum always enjoys bringing in families, especially for events such as this one. Because this is a program that is designed for both the experienced and inexperienced beader, everyone should find this workshop enjoyable,” stated Director of Education Katie Knaub.

Cost is $15 for each person making a wristwatch, and admission to the Museum is included with the workshop fee. Pre-registration is required by contacting the Education Department at 717-684-8261 ext. 237. This program is sponsored in part through a grant by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Sundays and Mondays. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


January 18, 2008
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MAKE A TIMELESS GIFT THIS VALENTINE’S DAY!

COLUMBIA, PA: Candy and flowers are Valentine’s gifts that come and go. Consider constructing a timeless gift for your special someone at the National Watch and Clock Museum’s Second Hand Saturday Workshop Program.

On Saturday, February 9, at 10 a.m., visitors can use either a wooden heart or a Chinese take-out box to create and decorate a “Valen-Time Clock. After the piece is painted and decorated, clock hands are attached and a battery is installed turning it into a working clock.

“The Museum always enjoys bringing in families, especially for events such as this one. A handmade gift is always appreciated, and one like this clock can be treasured for years to come,” stated Director of Education Katie Knaub.

Cost is $10 for each person making a clock, and admission to the Museum is included with the workshop fee. Pre-registration is required by contacting the Education Department at 717-684-8261 ext. 237. This program is sponsored in part through a grant by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Sundays and Mondays. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


January 16, 2008
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USING SHOES AND BOTTLES TO TELL TIME!

COLUMBIA, PA: It’s three feet wide, 24 feet long, and nine feet tall and uses shoes to tell time! The “Walking Clock” is coming to the National Watch and Clock Museum on March 1 as part of the new Stanley Clockworks Exhibit.

The Walking Clock’s pendulum is a wheel with 12 shoes that walk forward and backward on a boardwalk to tell time. Designer Rick Stanley spent approximately 2,000 hours to complete this one-of-a-kind piece.

The Walking Clock is just one among several clocks that will be a part of the whimsical clocks included in the collection. Others include the 20 foot-long Bottle Clock that uses 300 beer bottles to keep time; the Timber Frame Clock that uses 4 x 4 oak timber, an old school bell, and stones; and the Train Clock that looks like the front of a vintage train.

Stanley Clockworks, winner of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors’ 2000 Craft Competition, is located in northeast Pennsylvania outside of Bloomsburg. The company actually got its start when owner and designer Rick Stanley was four years old. His inquisitive nature prompted him to take a clock apart to find out what made it tick. He’s been dissecting clocks and putting them back together ever since.

Stanley built on his young experience with a mechanical engineering degree from the University of California. He and his son, Vince, co-owner and engineer for the company, think creatively to build their ingenious clocks and manifest a “what if” attitude. What if the clock was stretched out laterally rather than circular? What if the mechanisms were displayed so that everyone could actually see the inner workings of the clock? What is the clock was built around a particular theme?

The National Watch and Clock Museum has almost 12,000 timepieces in its collection, and is home to not only historical and traditional timepieces but also novelty ones such as those represented by Stanley Clockworks. The special exhibit runs through September 30. For additional information about the company and to see an entertaining video of the Walking Clock in action, visit http://www.stanleyclockworks.com/.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Mondays. Beginning April 1 hours are extended to 5 p.m. and include Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.


January 15, 2008
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SCHOOL OF HOROLOGY OFFERS WORKSHOPS

COLUMBIA, PA: Are you new to collecting and eager to care for your own timepieces? Are you looking to learn more about horology? The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors’ School of Horology has a workshop program that may be just what you’re looking for.

The School, located directly across the street from the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, has workshops designed for beginner and advanced students, to learn about and care for timepieces; through hands-on learning the program builds confidence and skills in watch and clock repair and maintenance.

Upcoming workshops include:
* WS-206 Hairspring Restoration (Saturday and Sunday, February 16 -17) - The heart of a mechanical watch is the escapement and the hairspring is central to its accuracy. Quite often a watch will fail to keep good time because of problems with the hairspring. This two-day workshop will show participants how to correct and realign a hairspring.
* WS-117 Using a Micro Lathe for the Beginner (Saturday and Sunday, February 23 - 24) - This two-day workshop is an introduction to the basic skills and techniques involved in the use of the micro lathe.
* WS-119 Wheel and Pinion Cutting on the Micro Mill (Saturday and Sunday, March 8 - 9) - This two-day workshop is a continuation of workshop WS-117. Students will learn the technique of cutting gears and pinions using a micro mill.

Generally, all materials, supplies, and machinery are provided. Workshops are held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., including two 15-minute breaks and 1 ½ hours for lunch. For registration information and a full workshop schedule with descriptions of these and all the other workshops, visit http://www.nawcc.org/school/workshops/wssched.htm. Those interested may also call Avocational Administrative Coordinator, Ted Brachfeld at 717-684-8261 for more information.

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC, Inc.) is a nonprofit, 501(C)(3) organization with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. NAWCC operates the School of Horology, an ACCST accredited institution offering instruction and skills verification in watch and clock repair and restoration; the National Watch and Clock Museum, which houses a collection of over 12,000 timekeeping artifacts; and a Library and Research Center with over 5,000 cataloged references. To learn more about the NAWCC and affiliated organizations, visit www.nawcc.org.


January 14, 2008
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AWWWW…RATS!

COLUMBIA, PA: It’s the Year of the Rat and the National Watch and Clock Museum will be the place to find them on Saturday, February 2. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Museum will be celebrating the Chinese New Year with family activities including:
* Making paper flowers
* Placing a wish on the wishing tree
* Creating a Chinese dragon mask or lucky money envelope
* Learning how incense and water clocks really work
* AND of course looking for hidden rats that will bring good luck!

In addition to all these fun activities, throughout the day the White Rose Families with Children from China will be sharing songs in Chinese and offering an activity for participants to learn about the Chinese language. The Asian Friends and Affiliation Club of Millersville University will also be performing traditional dance and music.

“In planning our programming, we decided to once again include a celebration of the Chinese New Year since it was so successful when we held this event two years ago. It’s fascinating for visitors to see how different cultures developed their own calendars and ways of keeping time through the years. Even though through time many technological changes have taken place, there is always a curiosity to learn how timekeeping got its start,” commented Katie Knaub, director of education.

This program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is included with Museum admission. For additional information call Katie Knaub, the director of education at 717-684-8261, ext. 237.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed Sundays and Mondays. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.

 

 

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