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COLUMBIA, PA: Running late for work? You can blame it on the dog, blame it on your kids, blame it on the traffic… But the time clock knows YOU ARE LATE!
On the Clock: Changing the Industrialized World opens at the National Watch and Clock Museum on Friday, April 24. Time recorders from Edward J. Watkins and pieces from the Museum’s collection will highlight the important advancements in labor in the United States.
Beginning in the late nineteenth century the National Labor Relations Act protected the rights of employees and employers, and the Fair Labor Standards Act outlined minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping, and youth employment standards. The exhibit also highlights the first time-recording companies, the typical workday in the nineteenth century, labor unions, and the possibilities the future workday may hold.
Museum Curator Kim Jovinelli, who joined us in December, debuts with the On the Clock exhibit. Kim shares, “I am excited to give the public a glimpse into something many of us have to do on a daily basis and what exactly had to happen to get us to this point. Having a job is an integral part of survival in the modern era. This is a look back at history, an examination of the present, and a look forward to the not too distant future.”
On the Clock is sponsored by the E. G. Watkins Family Foundation, runs through December, and is included with Museum admission.
PUT ON YOUR GLASS SLIPPERS!
COLUMBIA, PA: Bibbidi bobbidi boo! The National Watch and Clock Museum invites you! Pull out your inner princess and be crowned at our royal tea on Saturday, February 14, at 11 a.m.
If you are a princess or you have a little princess, wear your fanciest dress and glass slippers and come sip tea, enjoy decadent morsels, make a Cinderella-themed clock to take home, and then tour the Museum.
“The Museum is always thrilled to bring in visitors for events like this one. Following special teas with Mrs. Claus, Alice in Wonderland, and beloved teddy bears, the Cinderella Tea is another one that promises to be just as exciting and memorable long after visitors leave the Museum,” shares Marketing and Special Events Coordinator Kim Craven.
The cost is $22 per child (ages 4 and up) and $12 per adult. Please call 717-684-8261, ext. 211, for reservations. Seating is limited.
From February 14 to 21 the Museum will open its doors to the Lower Susquehanna Valley Modular Railroaders and its members, who build, display, and operate layouts throughout Central Pennsylvania. There is no admission charge to see this railroad display in the Museum’s rotunda.
"Timekeeping has been integral to railroads, and modern travel in general, since the beginning of rail travel allowed for the movement from place to place at a pace never seen before." says Museum Director Noel Poirier. "Railroads and their time schedules forced the establishment of standard time zones and the development of highly accurate timepieces. The Lower Susquehanna Valley Model Railroader display will allow the Museum to honor the significance of railroads to the history of horology while providing our visitors a great visual and auditory experience."
The Lower Susquehanna Valley Modular Railroaders (LSMR) is a group of O-gauge enthusiasts from the Lower Susquehanna Valley Region of Pennsylvania. Some customers and employees of CoolTrains Hobbies in Salunga, PA, came together in July 2009 to form the LSMR and have expanded it since. LSMR offers the public a chance to see a model train display in operation and especially looks forward to setting up their display for those visiting the National Watch and Clock Museum.
“I still have my train from when I was ten years old,” shares LSMR member Gary Schlossman. “I can still remember when my brother Dennis and I would put up the plywood in our basement and we would carefully set up each of our trains, one by one. I’ve always been especially drawn to the older steam engines like the Pennsylvania Railroad, but my brother has always preferred the more modern style like the Norfolk Southern. The difference didn’t matter. The trains brought us together, just like the Railroaders’ group brings train enthusiasts together today.”