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July 21, 2014

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
Phone: (717) 684-8261 - E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




COLUMBIA, PA: Now you can learn about time –when and where you want! After months of preparation, online learning debuts to NAWCC members. Online learning offers a virtual learning environment with the same level of technical content and standard of learning as face-to-face courses, but without travel time and substantial cost.

Log on to NAWCC’s website and your member account 24/7 to access My NAWCC Online Courses. Enjoy the nine lectures presented at the 2013 Ward Francillon Time Symposium at the California Institute of Technology:
"Recyling Time" by E. C. Krupp; "Measuring Time Accurately" by Jonathan Betts; "Affordable Time" by Chris Bailey; "The Great Age of the Tower Clock" by Chris McKay; "Atomic Clocks" by Thomas O'Brian; "From Bain To Shortt" by James Nye; "The Evolution of Tower Clock Movements" by Mark Frank; "Extreme Amateur Timekeeping" by Thom Van Baak; and "Time and the Brain" by David Eagleman.
If you could not attend the Symposium or attended but want a refresher, access to these presentations is a priceless resource easily available to our members. The cost to view each lecture is $10; save $15 by selecting to view the collection of all nine lectures for $75.
Education is the core of NAWCC’s mission, so enjoy learning!


 July 17, 2014

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
Phone: (717) 684-8261 - E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



COLUMBIA, PA: The National Watch & Clock Museum has amassed its collection of more than 12,000 objects over the course of 40 plus years. The Museum’s exhibit spaces and themed galleries allow for the regular exhibition of only a third or so of the total collection. Most of the Museum collection is kept in secure storage, and exhibited occasionally as part of a special exhibit or maintained as a study object for scholars and horologists.

A number of objects in the collection may not fit neatly into the broader story told by the Museum, but are, nonetheless, aesthetically pleasing, horologically interesting, or in some cases, odd. This exhibit pulls the curtain back on some of the objects that rarely are seen or appreciated because they are in storage most of the time.

“The Museum asked staff, volunteers, and interns to explore the collection and identify objects that they thought deserved to be enjoyed by, or shared with, our Museum visitors. This exhibit is the result of that effort to highlight our Backroom Curiosities. We hope you enjoy seeing these objects as much as we did selecting them!” shares Museum Director Noel Poirier.

Backroom Curiosities will be on display through April 2015.



June 3, 2014

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
Phone: (717) 684-8261 - E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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 2 through August 25 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. 


June 3, 2014

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
Phone: (717) 684-8261 - E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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.”


May 24, 2014

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
Phone: (717) 684-8261 - E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


With more beer and food than ever before!
COLUMBIA, PA: It’s time again to sip on some hops and check out the clocks! The National Watch and Clock Museum is holding its seventh annual beer-tasting event, Hops ’n’ Clocks, on Friday, July 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. Come sample local brews and fine food from the area, enjoy live music, and maybe even walk away with a door prize!

Six new breweries are joining the fun this year: J & J Miracle Mead, Zuckfoltzfus Brewing Co., Baldy Beard Brewing Co., Gunpowder Falls Brewing, Columbia Kettle Works, and Wyndridge Farm with its crafty hard cider. Returning breweries include Lancaster Brewing, Liquid Hero Brewery, Troegs Brewing, and Appalachian Brewing Company. And what’s beer without something to go with it? Providing tasty samples to complement the beer will be six new caterers to Hops ‘n’ Clocks: Union Station Grill, Half Nuts Popcorn, Hinkle’s, the Original Pickle Co., Center Square Bakery, and Baum’s Bologna. Those returning include Isaac’s Restaurant and Deli, Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen, Bully’s, Black Knight Tavern & Grill, and the Wrightsville Inn. For the designated drivers in attendance or those just looking for an alternative, Turkey Hill also will be providing plenty of nonalcoholic drinks!

Just opened, Columbia Kettle Works is excited to be a part of Hops ‘n’ Clocks and a part of the growing Columbia business community. “At our small micro-brewery and brewpub partner/brewer, Rod Smith, works with our five
barrel brewing system to supply a variety of beers, including four taps of recurring traditional styles plus four or more taps pouring a wide range of great tasting alternative brews. We look forward to meeting all the attending craft beer enthusiasts at Hops ‘n’ Clocks and serving up some tasty beers,” shares Columbia Kettle Works owner/business manager, Bill Collister.

Live music by the energetic and popular Irish trio of 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 trio features Amanda Wells on vocals, guitar, harmonica, and percussion; Durelle Leaman on guitar and vocals; and Tom Knapp on fiddle, bodhran, and backing vocals.

“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 sponsors for Hops ’n’ Clocks 2014 include 101 the Rose and 92.7 WKZF Classic Rock.


April 24, 2014

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
Phone: (717) 684-8261 - E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



COLUMBIA, PA: Who doesn’t like a little magic? Clockmakers are no different, so they developed a style of clock commonly known as the “mystery clock.”
The Magic of Mystery Clocks opens at the National Watch and Clock Museum Saturday, May 3. A mystery clock has no visible means of connecting a movement to the hands marking the time - a horological magic trick. Some of the most famous mystery clocks are believed to have been inspired and built by famous French magician and clockmaker Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin. The famous illusionist Harry Houdini is believed to have actually taken his stage name from the magician/clockmaker!
After viewing these mysterious clocks from 12 to 1, admission-paying visitors to the Museum are invited to enjoy popcorn and punch and a magic show with local magician, Eric Vera, at 1:00 in the Museum’s theater.
The Magic of Mystery Clocks will be on display through December. 

February 12, 2014

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
Phone: (717) 684-8261 - E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



COLUMBIA, PA: What happens after the National Watch and Clock Museum locks its doors each night? Does the mouse run up the clock, does the grandfather clock begin to talk, or does time really fly?

It’s easy to take the watches and clocks in your home or office for granted. With a quick glance, there’s the time telling you whether it’s time to head to work, get lunch, pick up the kids, or go to bed.

The Museum, located in Columbia, is truly the center of time and is home to close to 12,000 watches and clocks. Why not bring your family and go on an exploration of time?! After a stroll through the Museum’s time tunnel, you will find yourself transported to the time of Stonehenge and water clocks, where timekeeping first got its start. From there, you begin your journey through time where thousands of years later (or an hour and a half in museum time) your family will stand speechless before the Mars Clock wondering, “Where did the time go?”

The Family Overnight is a unique opportunity for children ages 6 to 12 to spend the night at the Museum and enjoy activities including decorating a clock to take home, munching on a snack, and exploring the many Museum’s exhibits. March 28 is the next sleepover. Cost is $20 for children and $12 for adults, with payment due prior to the sleepover. The adult chaperone must be at least 21 years old and is required for every five children participating.

Admission includes:
• Scavenger hunt activity through the Museum
• Museum exploration
• Make-a-clock program for children
• Snack and light breakfast
• Souvenir patch for children

Register by March 24 for the Family Overnight by calling 717-684-8261, ext. 237 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a space and receive an information packet. Space in this program is limited to 80 participants. 

January 28, 2014

Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
Phone: (717) 684-8261 - E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



COLUMBIA, PA: Step into our time machine and turn back the clocks to the 1920’s this Daylight Saving Time weekend! The National Watch and Clock Museum is “Puttin on the Ritz” with a time travelers dance called the Speakeasy Bash!
Come join in the fun on Saturday, March 8, from 7 to 10 p.m. as the Museum roars back to the 1920’s. Kick up your heels on the dance floor with the 10- piece Roaring 20’s Jazz Orchestra and a rotunda full of fedoras and flappers. Period cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will ensure a fun and nostalgic time travel event!
“We are excited to go back in time this night and celebrate a period in time that is unique in American history as we mark the beginning of Daylight Saving Time – which is something we have to observe here at a place that is all about time,” shares Education Director Katie Knaub.
Roaring 20’s attire is definitely encouraged! Tickets include the live music, light hors d’oeuvres, and cash bar and are $20 per person or $30 for a couple. For more information or to purchase your tickets, visit www.museumoftime.org or call 717-684-8261, ext. 234. 

January 23, 2014
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
Phone: (717) 684-8261 - E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



COLUMBIA, PA: History-making wristwatches of James Bond have returned to the National Watch & Clock Museum in a special exhibit now open and running through the end of 2014. Dell Deaton, author-creator of the James Bond Watches websites and social media outlets, is exhibit curator.
This James Bond Watch Exhibit inaugurates a newly, dedicated Wristwatch Gallery on the main floor of the Museum. Special displays will change every 12-18 months in the future.
"'James Bond' was an obvious way to introduce our Wristwatches Gallery as a whole," said Noel Poirier, Museum Director. "Our past Bond watch presentations have been quite popular, and we regularly get requests for more on James Bond's watches.
"It's a theme that provides both a hook and a solid way to organize highlights from five decades of watchmaking.
"Over the course of a little over 50 years, starting with the waning of Gruen as it stood among watchmakers in the late-1950s, through present-day Omega with its proprietary co-axial technology, 'Bond' gives us a unique means to periodically check in on developments through the 1960s, the quartz revolution, and premium-brand preferences of today. Ian Fleming and the James Bond movie history mark some of the most significant changes in style, power supplies, and our very definition of what a wristwatch can and should do."
Key to the selection of over a dozen unique timekeepers for display was a desire to show range, and even surprise visitors in some instances.
"Over the years, James Bond watch choices have played an important role in defining the character 'himself,'" notes Dell Deaton, exhibit curator. "Some watches convey sophistication, some show an agent equipped by Western Super-Powers with the very latest and greatest - even before the addition of Q-Branch gadgetry. We have mission-specific watches here, and others that seamlessly accompany Agent 007 from casino to combat without compromise."
The National Watch & Clock Museum is also proud to announce that this 2014 James Bond Watch Display features two original wristwatches worn by Bond.
The first, on special loan from the family and estate, is "the first literary James Bond watch," the personal watch of 007-creator Ian Fleming and his reference for the Rolex Explorer that he wrote onto James Bond's wrist in the 1963 On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Second, this display shows the Breitling for Bentley worn by Jeffery Deaver during his book promotion for Carte Blanche in 2011, "the watch" specified in that novel for Bond's undercover disguise in Africa.
"Anchoring the exhibit with Ian Fleming's vision of 'the James Bond watch' obviously invites comparison and debate in terms of choices we show people that have followed," adds Deaton.
"This is the first time ever, anywhere, that all (now seven) confirmed James Bond watchmakers have been displayed together: Breitling, Gruen, Hamilton (Pulsar), Omega, Rolex, Seiko, and TAG Heuer - with screen-accurate models from Dr. No in 1962 and Skyfall in 2012. We don't pick favorites, of course. But I suspect that many visitors will try to, and that's fine. Engaging thought and passion is fundamentally what this show is all about."
An added thrill for visitors is a dedicated micro-site, accessible by most Smartphones via QR Code scan. Optimized for mobile screen sizes and connection speeds, the key feature of this App allows visitors to watch specially produced videos on each watch, running, and performing in many of the elements for which it was designed - James Bond style!
Once linked, visitors will enjoy ongoing access to the micro-site, from any location where they have an Internet connection. But the exact URL is being reserved "For Visitors' Eyes Only" throughout run of this exhibit.
Dell Deaton is an internationally recognized expert in Ian Fleming and James Bond watches. Among his original research and credited discoveries, he was first to document the real-world basis for the literary James Bond watch; all wristwatch models supplied by Seiko UK to the movies; and both TAG Heuer watches worn by the 007 character in The Living Daylights, among other achievements. Most recently, Dell Deaton identified the Gruen Precision wristwatch worn by Sean Connery as the very first movie-Bond watch in Dr. No, and in another four movies following.
See JamesBondWatches.com for more information.



January 13, 2014
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
Phone: (717) 684-8261 - E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


COLUMBIA, PA: Don’t be late for this very important date! Hop down the rabbit hole to Wonderland and join the Queen of Hearts for tea at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 8.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by enjoying a special tea and visiting with special guests, Alice and the Mad Hatter. When checking on his availability for the tea, the Mad Hatter shared, “There are plenty of tables but not so many chairs, and hot Tea and crumpets and honey for Bears! And watches and clocks, and clocks and snacks! If you knew Time like I do, he does what you ask. Just whisper a hint and round goes the clock! It's Tea Time again! Fantabulous shock!"
All guests are encouraged to dress in their fancy and finest attire for this special occasion and bring their cameras to capture all the special moments. The tea includes assorted sweets, scones with jam, and tea or hot chocolate. Children age four and up are invited to attend the tea accompanied by an adult. Cost for the tea is $18 per child and $12 for each adult. Included is making a heart-shaped clock and admission to the Museum.
Please call 717-684-8261 ext. 234 for reservations. Seating is limited.


January 6, 2014
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
Phone: (717) 684-8261 - E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


COLUMBIA, PA: New clock and watch repair workshops are now available! Start the new year with great opportunities to learn new skills or build on those you already have.
John Reardon, author of Patek Philippe in America and a regular Hodinkee.com columnist wrote, “Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to attend a two-day ‘Servicing a Pocket Watch for the Beginner’ workshop at the NAWCC in Columbia, PA. After experiencing this class firsthand, I recommend this watchmaking experience to anyone interested in learning more about how their watches work and appreciating the incredible talent that watchmakers have in keeping a vintage or modern timepiece properly preserved and in good running order. For the watch enthusiast, this is about as good as it gets for a horological getaway.”
Check out www.nawcc.org for the latest workshop schedule where new offerings are regularly added. Anyone who signs up early receives the early bird registration discount. For additional information contact Katie Knaub at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 717-684-8261, ext. 237.

Introduction to Clocks (WS-109) Feb. 24-28 or April 28-May 2
Stenciling on Glass with Lee Davis (WS-125) Mar. 1
Introduction to Machine Tools and Materials (WS-204) Mar. 3-7 or May 5-9
Replacing Missing Clock Components (WS-214) Mar. 15-16
Servicing a Pocket Watch for the Beginner I (WS-111) Mar. 22-23 or May 3-4
Using the Micro Lathe for the Beginner (WS-117) Mar. 22-23
Brass Metallurgy for Horologists (WS-218) Mar. 22-24
Serving a Pocket Watch for the Beginner II (WS-201) Mar. 24-26 or May 5-7
Build a Clock Design and Construction I (WS-190) April 5-6 or
April 10-11 or
May 31-June 1 or June 5-6
Using the Jeweler’s Lathe I (WS-135) April 4-6
Build a Clock: Design and Construction II (WS-191) April 7-8 or April 12-13 or
June 2-3 or June 7-8
Water and Oil Gilding I and II (WS-217) April 12-13
Faux Finishing (WS-219) April 26-27
Shellac Film Finish Restoration and French Polishing (WS-213) May 3-4
Traditional Enameling (WS-222) May 10-11
Milling for the Beginner (WS-120) July 26-27
Dial Painting with Phil Gregory (WS-124) Aug. 9-10
Traditional Enameling (WS-222) Oct. 4-5
Faux Finishing (WS-219) Oct. 9-10
Clock Case Restoration (WS-110) Oct. 11-12
Veneering and Marquetry Basics (WS-114) Oct. 13
Wheel and Pinion Cutting on the Micro Mill (WS-119) Oct. 25-26

Basic Clock Repairs (WS-320) Mar. 10-21 or May 12-23
Hairspring Adjustment (WS-401) May 16-19
Hairspring Replacement (WS-402) May 20-23
Serving a Quartz Watch (WS-225) Mar. 15-17 or June 6-8

Using the Jeweler’s Lathe II (WS-425) April 7-11
Cuckoo Clock Repair April 14-15
Anniversary Clock Repair April 16-17
Clock Escapements (WS-500) June 9-13
Staffing and Jeweling (WS-410) Aug. 4-8
Using the Jeweler’s Lathe II (WS-425) Sept. 29-Oct. 3





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