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June 9, 2015
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
WATCH AND CLOCK MUSEUM OFFERS FREE ADMISSION TO MILITARY
COLUMBIA, PA: The National Watch and Clock Museum launches Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. Free admission for active-duty military members (ID required) and their families (up to five) runs through Labor Day, September 7, 2015. Active-duty military includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active-duty National Guard, and active-duty Reserve members.
Parents of young children tell us that they go together to museums to learn new things and have family time together,” said NEA Chair Jane Chu. “Blue Star Museums helps them do both, by helping military families learn about the cultural resources in their communities, and offering a fun, high-quality experience that’s budget friendly as well as family friendly. We’re proud to help connect museums to military communities nationwide.”
“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “It helps bring our local military and civilian communities together and offers families fun and enriching activities in their hometowns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”
More than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in this year’s initiative. Blue Star Museums represents not just fine arts museums but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children's museums. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find the museums that are participating, visit www.arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums. The site also includes a map to help with visit planning.
On the Clock: Changing the Industrialized World is on special exhibit at the National Watch and Clock Museum through December. 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! Museum Curator Kim Jovinelli 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 exhibit is a look back at history, an examination of the present, and a look forward to the not too distant future.”
A new ongoing exhibit, James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution, will challenge what visitors think they know. Displays will feature important wristwatches from the commercial industry as it unfolded—all worn by the James Bond character in the EON Productions movies of the period.
May 29, 2015
Contact Name: Markus Harris - Communications Dept.
LUXURY OR LIE? How To Identify Genuine From Fake Watches
COLUMBIA, PA: The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) has initiated a new educational course “Luxury or Lie? How To Identify Genuine From Fake Watches,” designed and developed by the National Watch and Clock Museum guest wristwatch curator and instructor Adam Harris, as a guide to detecting counterfeited or reworked luxury timepieces. The course includes an overview of watch types and appropriate terminology, establishing criteria for making judgments of authenticity based on comparative analysis. Participants will learn watch examination techniques and methods and how to apply the best critical detection skills to discern the genuine from the fake.
Among other topics, the course will cover:
• Historical chronology of the watch and understanding its complications
• Watch terminology
• Chronograph movements and ETA (VALJOUX) dials
• Complications explained
• Differences between “homage,” “Frankenstein,” “re-worked,” “fake,” and “super-fake” timepieces.
• Best ways to identify the components of a GENUINE timepiece: the case (weight and finish), the dial and hands, the strap, the complication, and the movement.
• Best methods to quickly reference a timepiece to its original manufacturer.
• Tips to quickly identify the genuine from the fake: “Hands On” Fakes vs. “Genuine” vs. “Reworks.” Participants will be given a special tool (the “Litmus Test”) to determine very quickly (and without opening) the timepieces whether it is 100 percent genuine.
This course will include the following watch brands/makers: Omega, Hublot, Rolex, Breitling, Cartier, Tag Heuer, Panerai, Bell & Ross, Patek, Montblanc, and Girard Perregaux.
“After working in a pawn shop for some years, I realized how difficult it was to quickly and correctly differentiate a genuine piece from a fake… long gone are the days of cheap Chinese fakes and we are now being offered ‘Super Fakes’ that even defy the ability of the manufacturers to tell the difference,” said instructor Adam Harris. “The new course will reveal many of the major manufacturers’ counterfeit measures, some hidden, and some still unknown.
Although it’s impossible to know every manufacturer and all their models, I’ve developed my own ‘Litmus Test’ that—in most types of timepiece—can immediately identify a fake.”
Instructor Adam Harris was born in Scotland, lived in England, and retired to Spain. He has served as a guest wristwatch curator at the National Watch and Clock Museum from 2012 to 2015. He served as vice president of Fujitsu Europe before retiring to pursue horological study under Mme Cinette Robert, former owner of Dubey and Schaldenbrand, and Marcus Hardy of Vintage Jewelry. He has also acted as a guest appraiser in a pawn shop: Gold Rush. Adam’s large collection of more than 200 vintage watches has aided in his knowledge of appraising timepieces.
“I am confident all attendees will leave with enough new knowledge to prevent future purchases of fake or re-worked watches,” continued Harris. “The course includes a follow-up webinar and one year of online support.”
NAWCC Director of Education Katie Knaub was enthusiastic about the new offering. “The NAWCC Education Department is thrilled to offer this course for the first time. We have been working on the development of this course for some time with Adam and are excited to offer this as part of our educational training.”
The cost for the full 2-1/2-day program is $1,250; an advance “early bird” registration rate of $1,000 is available for attendees who register before September 1, 2015. NAWCC Members may qualify for an additional discount rate of $900 if they register before September 1.
This course will be held October 3-5, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, October 3, and Sunday, October 4, and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, October 5. The program will be taught at the classroom facilities at NAWCC headquarters in Columbia, PA.
Webinar Portion: After the on-site course ends, a follow-up Internet webinar session will be hosted for attendees during the week of November 9, 2015. In the webinar participants may ask further questions and share their experiences with fellow attendees after implementing the techniques learned in the course.
May 26, 2015
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
CLOCK MUSEUM AWARDED CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE
COLUMBIA, PA: The National Watch and Clock Museum has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade honors hospitality excellence for establishments worldwide that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Recipients represent the upper echelon of business on their website.
TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm that considers reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.
“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the National Watch and Clock Museum. We’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Museum Director, Noel Poirier. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our Museum and our continued commitment to excellence.”
“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.”
HOPS ’n’ CLOCKS
With more beer and food than ever before!
COLUMBIA, PA: It’s time to sip on some hops and check out the clocks! The National Watch and Clock Museum will hold its eighth annual beer-tasting event, Hops ’n’ Clocks, on Friday, July 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. Come sample local brews and the area’s fine food, enjoy live music, and maybe even walk away with a door prize!
Three new breweries are joining the fun this year: Gift Horse Brewing, Roy Pitz Brewing, and Wacker Brewing, along with Bailees’s Homebrew & Wine Supplies. Returning breweries include Lancaster Brewing, Liquid Hero Brewery, Troegs Brewing, Columbia Kettleworks,J & J Miracle Mead, and Wyndridge Farm with its crafty hard cider. And what’s beer without something to go with it? Providing tasty samples to complement the beer will be two new caterers to Hops ’n’ Clocks: Hurricane Pizza and Annie Bailey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. Those returning include Union Station Grill, Half Nuts Popcorn, Hinkle’s, the Original Pickle Co., Baum’s Bologna, Isaac’s Restaurant and Deli, Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen, Bully’s, Burning Bridge Tavern, and the Wrightsville Inn. For designated drivers or those just looking for an alternative, Turkey Hill also will provide plenty of nonalcoholic drinks!
Live music by the energetic and popular Irish group Fire in the Glen returns with a rollicking selection of traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, and the Canadian Maritimes, including blistering fiddle tunes, mug-thumping pub songs, and soulful airs and touching ballads … and some unusual twists as well!
“The People’s Choice” will be awarded at the conclusion of the evening after everyone has visited all the breweries and restaurants and voted by ballot for his or her favorite!
A limited number of tickets will be sold. Tickets are $30 and $15 for designated drivers. Attendees must be 21 or older and IDs will be checked at the door. The ticket price includes beer tasting, food sampling, a commemorative glass, Museum admission, live music, and even a chance to win a door prize! Proceeds benefit the National Watch & Clock Museum, Library & Research Center.
To order tickets visit www.museumoftime.org or call 717-684-8261, ext. 211.
Media sponsor for Hops ’n’ Clocks 2015 is ESPN Radio 92.7 FM.
May 7, 2015
MAKE AND TAKE TIME
COLUMBIA, PA: “At the National Watch and Clock Museum you don’t have to just visit time. You can take time home with you!” explains Marketing and Special Events Coordinator Kim Craven.
Make-and-Take Workshops will be held at the Museum on Mondays June 1 through August 31 between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Participants can choose the clock they want to make for themselves or for a gift. There is a small fee of $6 and large groups should make reservations by calling 717-684-8261, ext. 237.
“A workshop like this one is another opportunity to encourage families to visit and see that our Museum is not only educational, but a whole lot of fun, too – for all ages,” states Director of Education Katie Knaub.
JAMES BOND WORE THE QUARTZ REVOLUTION
COLUMBIA, PA: James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they know. Displays will feature important wristwatches from the commercial history as it unfolded—all worn by the James Bond character in the EON Productions movies of the period.
The exhibit opens June 3, 2015, at the National Watch & Clock Museum in Columbia, PA. Bond expert Dell Deaton (JamesBondWatches.com) will curate the latest addition to expanded Museum displays to enhance the vital contributions of wristwatches to societies.
"We hope to correct myths arguing that the Quartz Revolution was nothing more than about making watches cheaper," says Deaton. "Or that an understanding of this 'revolution' requires no more than understanding how Quartz oscillators work as a time-basis.
"This exhibit seeks to explain why this revolution happened when it happened and shows how it continues to remain invaluable to contemporary society—at the very least, to reopen the discussion and move beyond cliché.
"The most important outcome of the Quartz Revolution was that it delivered a vast leap in one’s personal, mobile ability to control his own timekeeping. It was the culmination of a centuries-old pursuit, and it was delivered at exactly the period in history when consumers were ready for it and demanding it. None of this was simple or obvious as it was happening," Deaton continues.
"The Quartz Revolution is essentially a consumer-driven story. That’s something too easily missed when you exclusively focus on the watch companies, betting on winners and losers who anted up for the battles as they played out in the 1970s, ’80s, and then finally settling down in the 1990s."
"By focusing on the fictional 'James Bond' character, we create a proxy for the consumer that can stand as a brand on equal footing with those of watchmakers. Thus, we can tell this story from its necessary, original perspective. I also think that makes it more globally objective as well."
At the center of this exhibit are examples of all 12 quartz James Bond wristwatches representing screen-correct models of those featured in EON productions movies premiered from 1973 through 1995.
It is believed that this is the first time ever that all real-world Bond quartz watches have been shown side-by-side and running. Moreover, these watches optimally reflect key challenges, solutions, and innovations of the Quartz Revolution in their own rights: They just happen to have been James Bond choices as well.
“We’re excited once again to explore an important aspect of wristwatch development through the story of James Bond,” says Museum Director Noel Poirier. “The Bond story is universally understood and relatable for our visitors and allows us to explore the significant influence of the quartz revolution in an engaging way.”
Access to the James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution gallery is included with Museum admission.
April 27, 2015
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
THE AMERICAN WATCH CO. GRADE—40 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE
COLUMBIA, PA: The NAWCC will present “The American Watch Co. Grade—40 Years of Excellence” with instructor Tom McIntyre Sunday, May 17, at 7 p.m. EDT.
The Waltham Watch Company was the first successful watch factory and was responsible for many of the key innovations in watchmaking in America. In 1859 the company name was changed to the American Watch Co. after the merger of the Waltham Improvement Co. and the Appleton & Tracy Co. In the same year Waltham sold its first watches with the grade name of American Watch Co. on the watch. This grade name always represented the very best product the company could make. The 1899 Bridge Model was the last of these designs to be produced. This talk explores the nine models produced over this 40-year period in the American Watch Co. grade.
The NAWCC webinars cover a wide variety of horological topics, ranging from ephemera and time zones to a variety of watches and clocks programs, with speakers from across the country. Individuals or Chapters may view the recorded presentations at any time; the NAWCC Library also has DVDs available for borrowing if access to the Internet for streaming a presentation is not available.
There is no charge for the webinar; if you are interested, go to the following link to register:
After you register, a confirmation email will be sent containing information about joining the webinar.
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.”