December 30, 2009
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
COLUMBIA, PA: It can be found in Hershey, PA, and indeed it is the color of chocolate, but it’s not made of cocoa, and it’s certainly not sweet to eat!
Like the Watch and Clock Museum’s 1,049 pound “8th Wonder of the World” Engle Clock, a monumental clock with 48 moving figures, Chocolate Town now has an Apostolic Clock of its own at the Hershey Story museum. Open daily year-round, the Museum guides visitors on an inspirational journey through Milton S. Hershey’s lifetime and beyond.
In celebration of the Hershey Story’s first anniversary, the historic and beloved 132-year-old Apostolic Clock will operate on Sundays in January 2010. The clock, completed by John Fiester in 1878, took 11 years to build and was proclaimed the “9th Wonder of the World.” At a quarter to each hour, several mechanical figures, including Christ and his twelve apostles, appear to tell the story of the betrayal of Christ.
The clock, now on display in the Grand Lobby, was purchased by Milton Hershey in 1935 from George Danner’s museum in Manheim, PA, which featured Pennsylvania German artifacts. Mr. Hershey purchased the entire Danner collection to expand the former Hershey American Indian Museum. This additional collection was cause to relocate and rename the facility “Hershey Museum.”
The Fiester Apostolic clock was on display at Hershey Museum until the Museum closed in 2008. “Due to some serious preservation issues, the clock can no longer operate on a regular basis,” said Valerie Seiber, collections manager. “When the Hershey Story museum opened in 2009, we chose to feature the clock in the Grand Lobby so all our visitors could admire it.” A video next to the clock shows the procession and explains the clock’s history.
The clock will operate on Sundays in January - at a quarter to each hour, starting at 10:45 a.m. and continuing through 4:45 p.m. Operation is subject to change without notice, due to the clock’s operating condition. Visit HersheyStory.org for more information.
December 28, 2009
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
COLUMBIA, PA: Distance will no longer separate you from visiting the timepieces in the Museum’s collection. Visit the Museum by never leaving your home or office. Why, you can even sit there all cozy in your pajamas and slippers and the Museum will come to you!
The NAWCC has debuted an online, searchable content management system that provides access to Museum collections. Whether you’re seeking information on a particular watch or clock or just interested in browsing through an extensive collection, you can now search online through the Museum’s timekeeping artifacts. The database includes over 11,500 object listings and 3,000 images. The software used is Past Perfect (http://www.museumsoftware.com), an internationally recognized leader in the museum collection data management field.
The new system is capable of handling up to one million catalog records. It is designed to keep up with accessions, cataloging, loans, exhibits, condition reporting, and repatriation of objects. “We’ve wanted to make the Museum’s collection accessible to NAWCC members and the general public for years. Only recently has the technology reached a point where it is affordable and easy, given the Museum’s limited resources,” states Museum Director Noel Poirier. “The database will be regularly updated with new pictures, new accessioned items, and feedback from the database users. We really want this to be a two-way line of communication.”
Visit the Museum’s collection at: http://www.nawcc.org/index.php/museum-collection/search-the-collection. Look for additional upgrades in the near future, including a virtual Museum tour with audio and video clips.
November 16, 2009
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
COLUMBIA, PA: "It is better to give than to receive." Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other holiday, gift giving always seems to be a part of the festivities.
As part of the National Watch & Clock Museum's Second Hand Saturday program on Saturday, December 12, at 10 a.m., participants can use their creative ability to create a winter scene clock from a recycled CD to keep, or even better, give as a gift. After painting the CD with a holiday or winter scene, numbers and hands are applied, turning the finished piece into a work of art and an ideal handcrafted present.
After making a clock, 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 $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.
November 10, 2009
COLUMBIA, PA: His trademarks are the white beard, red suit, and big round belly, and he is making his second annual visit to the National Watch & Clock Museum this Christmas. Instead of visiting two places in Columbia as he did last year, the Columbia Lion’s Club is joining the Museum in welcoming Santa in the Museum’s beautiful rotunda.
On Saturday, December 12, 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 and punch and cookies around the Christmas tree. The cookies will be extra good this year because rumor is that the wives of the Columbia Lion’s Club are baking them!
“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 Family Timepiece Workshop will also be happening during Santa’s visit.
At 10 a.m. registered participants can use their creative ability to create a winter scene clock from a recycled CD. 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.
October 9, 2009
COLUMBIA, PA: Experience a special tea ceremony at The National Watch and Clock Museum on Saturday, November 14. The tea will be held in conjunction with the Museum’s new Asian exhibit, A Sense of Time, which features the significance of incense to Asian culture with more than 70 East Asian “fire clocks” and cultural material.
Chanoyu—the Japanese name for the tea ceremony—is composed of strictly choreographed movements and dozens of procedures that take months for a beginner to learn.
Watch the host carry an assortment of objects into the room, arranging and cleaning them very carefully, and whisking a bowl of tea for each guest. Every move the host and the guests make is strictly choreographed, from the order that the utensils are picked up and put down, to the way they are held, to the spots where those items are placed, usually to within the nearest centimeter! After guests enjoy the teas and sweets, the host prepares to carry the utensils back to the kitchen; then the guests bid farewell.
Moran Beard, a licensed instructor with the Urasenke School of tea ceremony in Kyoto, Japan, explains why this ritual is so significant. “If the goal of chanoyu was just to drink tea, there wouldn’t be much point to it at all. But it isn’t just about tea; it’s about an experience. The place, the people, even the sequence of events is unique. Even if everyone in the room were to come back again the next day at exactly the same time, sit in the same order and watch the host do exactly the same thing, it would still be different because the people themselves would be different.
They’ve lived through another day and they’re thinking about different things, so the feeling in the room becomes subtly different. That’s what chanoyu is about – creating a feeling of beauty and harmony, and an appreciation that this moment will never come again.”
Beard, who will perform the demonstrations at the Museum, has been a student of tea ceremony for 15 years and an instructor for more than five, teaching classes at La Salle University and at Shofuso, the Japanese House and Gardens in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. She currently teaches weekly classes at the Japanese House and Gardens and does lectures and demonstrations on tea ceremony throughout the Delaware Valley.
October 1, 2009
COLUMBIA, PA: The National Watch and Clock Museum has declared Tuesday, November 10, Home School Day. Families who homeschool are especially invited to spend time at the Museum and participate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the following crafts (many actually invented by the Chinese) and activities:
All the activities are Asian-themed in conjunction with the Museum’s newest special exhibit, A Sense of Time. It’s been said that the Museum has “all the time in the world” and now with more than 70 East Asian “fire clocks” it’s truer than ever! In addition, cultural material representing the significance of incense to Asian culture is included as part of the special exhibit.
The National Watch & Clock Museum is presenting an exhibit in 2010 that will present the technical and design development of the watch from the earliest pocket watches to the most modern wristwatches. As you are already aware, the National Watch & Clock Museum officially opened to the public in 1977 with fewer than 1,000 items. Since that time, the collection has increased to over 12,000 items. Today, the museum is recognized as the largest and most comprehensive horological collection in North America. The Museum's collection has always been strong in the areas of clocks and pocket watches. We hope that this exhibit, with NAWCC Member assistance, will enhance the Museum's ability to present the significance of the modern wristwatch as well to the history of horology.
The exhibit, Grand Complications: Art of the Watchmaker, will show how the production of timepieces has always combined a technical skill of the maker with an aesthetic panache. The scale of the watch amplifies these skills. Fine watchmakers have always combined both technical expertise and artistic awareness in the designs of their watches. As the market grew more competitive, so did the need to enhance and improve watches in both their mechanics and appearance. This exhibit will present fine watches from the earliest pocket watches to the modern wristwatch, and the artistic and technical skill of the watchmaker. In addition, the exhibit will incorporate artwork from artists who integrated watches into their work.
Members of the NAWCC have contributed greatly to the Museum's collection over the years and continue to support the Museum's exhibit schedule through the loan/donation of timepieces. The National Watch & Clock Museum is seeking the loan or donation of a timepiece(s) from NAWCC Members that best represents the highest level of technical and design aspects in watch making. We are specifically looking for early pocket watches by significant makers and high-end, modern wristwatches. Loans will be returned at the end of the exhibit while any timepiece(s) donated will become a permanent addition to the Museum collection, assisting us in our mission of presenting the wide scope of horological history, art and science.
If you have any questions regarding the exhibit, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to once again partnering with NAWCC Members on this exciting project.
September 15, 2009
COLUMBIA, PA: Sip on some wine and check out the chimes! The National Watch and Clock Museum, Library & Research Center is holding its first wine-tasting event, “Wines & Chimes,” on Friday, October 23, from 6 to 9 p.m.
The event will be highlighted by an evening of fine local wines, mouth watering foods from area restaurants, and live music while enjoying all the exhibits and collections.
Seven area wineries including Allegro Vineyards, Fox Ridge Vineyard & Winery, Moon Dancer Vineyards & Winery, Inc., Naylor Wine Cellars, Inc., Tamanend Winery, Twin Brook Winery, and West Hanover Winery, Inc. will offer samples of their finest wines. And what’s wine without something tasty to go with it?! Providing an array of delicious food to complement the wine will be local restaurants including A Taste of Styles, Bully’s Restaurant & Pub, Café Chocolate, Chef Tim Foods, Deli Delicious, The Flour Child Pastry & Bake Shop, Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen, and the Railroad House.
While enjoying sampling the delicious wines and foods, local pianist Bernie Wickenheiser will delight guests with music throughout the evening. In addition, media sponsors 101 The Rose and Smooth Jazz 92.7 will be on hand to provide some additional music and offer fun giveaways.
In addition to the Museum’s exhibits, artwork inspired by the Museum’s collection will be displayed and for sale by the Parlor Gallery from Lancaster. Five artists from the Gallery recently visited the Museum and spent several hours photographing timepieces that they then used to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Toying with Time will show the artworks that were created during and after their visit to the Museum.
A limited number of tickets will be sold. Tickets are $25 and $15 for those not sampling wine. Ticket price also includes a commemorative wine glass, Museum admission, and the Parlor art exhibit and sale. To order tickets or for more information, visit www.clockmuseum.com or call 717-684-8261, ext 237.
The NAWCC Community network—exclusively for NAWCC members—is open for use. Access the Community network at www.nawcc.org: click the “Community” link on the top navigation bar.
NAWCC Community users must have a registered email address and password, obtainable via Member Login located at the top right-hand corner on any NAWCC webpage. Use your registered email address and password to log on to the Community site.
Members who log on to the Community site and set up their Community profile can use the software in the following ways:
More to come! Soon users will be able to watch and exchange videos, slide shows, and other media in streaming formats. Classified advertising, similar to Craigslist but exclusively for NAWCC members, will also be available in the near future, as will NAWCC-sponsored online auctions—like eBay but for horological items only.
Help build the future! Online communication tools for NAWCC members—using today’s Internet technology—will allow us to create an outstanding horological “cyber space” with a worldwide reach that will enhance the membership experience of every participating NAWCC member.
August 25, 2009
COLUMBIA, PA: If you get a thrill at the mention of a treasure map, eye patch, or chest of gold you may just be part pirate!
All pirates (and pirate wannabes) are invited to gather for “International Talk like a Pirate Day” on September 19 at the National Watch and Clock Museum! From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the day will be filled with pirate-like activities including:
COLUMBIA, PA: On Saturday, September 26, the National Watch and Clock Museum will participate in the fifth annual Museum Day presented by Smithsonian magazine. Museum Day is a day when admission to museums and cultural institutions nationwide is free 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 approximately 200,000 people from all 50 states plus Puerto Rico visited the 900 participating museums on Museum Day.
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. Download the Museum Day Admission Card and find listings and links to participating museums at www.smithsonian.com/museumday. Each card provides museum access for two people, and one admission card per household is permitted.
“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 & Exploration: Earth, Sea, and Space shows how navigation of our world has changed over time and the new tools that have been created to assist in its exploration. A Sense of Time has brought 75 East Asian “fire clocks” and other cultural material which present the significance of incense to Asian culture.
COLUMBIA, PA: Whether you’re a professional or a hobbyist, and have “lots of time on your hands” there is a clock course to help you determine the identification, history, and value of your treasured timepieces.
The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors’ Clock Appraisal Course will be held October 12-17 at its headquarters at 514 Poplar Street in Columbia. During four of the six days, professionals and novices will be introduced to the identification of clock types, key characteristics, and components; the role of construction and materials in the proper identification of clocks; basic understanding of clock conservation, restoration, refinishing, and repairs; and subsequent impact on value.
An overview of the evolution of clock types, appropriate terminology, and criteria for making value judgments based on comparative analysis will be covered. Participants will learn clock examination techniques, what to photograph on a clock, and research tools and methods. They will also learn how to apply critical appraisal skills such as qualitative ranking, classification, rarity determination, and how to write accurate descriptions.
This course also includes a bonus-day-and-a-half focus for the appraisal novice (NAWCC Members) about clock description writing, and an overview of the need for learning USPAP requirements, and appraisal methodology, and practices and where this training can be taken. Please note that class size is limited, so be sure to register early. This is an intense course and will require evening reading and research assignments.
Joe Cohen, SFNAWCC instructor for the course, explains, “When appraisers asked me 15 years ago whether such a clock course existed, I developed an 8-week course which has been an unqualified success locally, but it did not fulfill the greater need nationally. Now with the support of the NAWCC, this 24-hour course has been revamped to a five- and-a-half-day appraiser course, which is more convenient for working appraisers and is the only such program offered across the country. Three of the main appraisers’ associations have unanimously agreed that such a course is long overdue and definitely needed, and with this course I am greatly looking forward to fulfilling that need!”
The cost for the full six-day registration is $1,000; the four-day clock examination portion for appraiser is $900. Both registrations include all necessary course books and handout material. The NAWCC Museum, Library, and School of Horology will be available to participants. All class participants will need to have a laptop computer for use during this course. Rentals can be provided for those who do not have their own.
August 13, 2009
COLUMBIA, PA: TIME for another free movie! Escape the summer heat and head to the Museum for a free movie and popcorn!
The National Watch and Clock Museum is showing its third free summer movie Mulan on Friday, August 28. Rated G, the 84-minute family movie is one that all ages will enjoy. Mulan is a young girl in ancient China. When the Huns start attacking the country, the emperor orders one member of every family to join the Chinese Army and defend the country. The one member must be a man, but in Mulan’s family, the only male is her injured father. Not wanting to allow her father to die, Mulan dresses like a man and escapes into the night to join the war. To protect her, the ancient elders of her family ask the great Stone Dragon to watch over her. Unfortunately, the great Stone Dragon is destroyed by the little tiny dragon Mushu (Eddie Murphy). So with Mushu and a small cricket by her side, Mulan heads off to help destroy the Huns. When she’s discovered as a woman, she forces Captain Shang to keep her in the army, becomes his best trooper, and eventually secures an important victory that may save the emperor, all of which happens while falling in love with Shang.
Mark your calendars for one remaining free movie scheduled:
September 19 Pirates of the Caribbean (movie will begin at 4 p.m. on this date only)
Mulan is being presented in conjunction with the Museum’s new exhibit, A Sense of Time. The Museum usually closes its doors at 5 p.m., but on August 28 will extend its hours until the movie begins at 6 p.m. Early attendance is suggested because seating is limited. Call Director of Education Katie Knaub for additional information at 717-684-8261 ext. 237.
In an effort to improve communications throughout the Association and to harness the interactivity of the internet to best benefit our members, the NAWCC will soon be implementing, “The NAWCC Community,” new social-interaction software for members.
Seamlessly integrated into our existing website, members will be able to log into the new Community section using their NAWCC user ID (email address) and member password to gain access to a number of special interactive features.
Each NAWCC member will be able to maintain a user profile listing their personal interests and contact information. Profiles may be as detailed (or as private) as one likes. Using these profiles, members can create personal friend lists, email one another directly, join email discussion groups, view private content, or exchange files with one another.
Members will be able to subscribe to discussion groups, based either on chapter affiliation or horological interest. Subscribe to as many groups as you want--the sky's the limit. These groups are similar to Yahoo Groups, and interaction can be customized for individual emails, weekly email digests, or Web-based message board style-viewing.
Don't see a group based on your particular area of interest? Contact us to suggest one. It's easy!
Upload files to your chapter's file library or to other file collections based on your horological interests. Share pictures, documents, and media files with friends and fellow members, either privately or via public resource libraries.
Add terms and information by contributing to an ever-expanding encyclopedic glossary of horological terminology and knowledge.
Keep track of NAWCC events via the new soon-to-be unveiled universal calendar, which will be searchable by event name, location, or category. Register for events directly from the calendar by simply selecting an event and clicking on the "Register" link.
NAWCC sponsored websites for individual chapters, which can be easily maintained by chapter representatives (with no need for special Web design software), and which may be as simple or complex as desired. Special websites for Regional and National Events, horological events, etc., can be quickly and efficiently set up and hosted via the NAWCC webserver. All the Web support and member interactivity you will ever need for your interaction in the Association is all in one place!
The NAWCC Community site is currently in the final testing phase and will officially open in August.
COLUMBIA, PA: To see what time it is, most of us glance at the watch on our wrist, the clock on the wall, or maybe the cell phone in our pocket. But certainly not incense that may be wafting in the air!
It’s been said that the National Watch and Clock Museum has “all the time in the world”; with the opening of A Sense of Time on August 28, it’s now truer than ever! More than 70 East Asian “fire clocks” and other cultural material will present the significance of incense to Asian culture.
Education Director Katie Knaub explains, “Incense played such an important role in so many aspects of daily life in East Asia from the most ancient times and formed part of so many functions, that it is not surprising that it was eventually used for time measurement. The regular burning of incense has been used for chronological measurement in incense clocks for centuries. The devices can range from a simple trail of incense material calibrated to burn in a specific time period, to elaborate and ornate instruments with bells or gongs designed to involve and captivate several of the senses.”
The collection of East Asian fire clocks was assembled by the late James Kallison of San Antonio, TX, during the last quarter of the 20th century and is now in the hands of Doug Cowan, the curator for A Sense of Time.
Cowan explains, “My interest in incense clocks began when I discovered that there were incense timepieces used in Japan and even more in China, beginning as early as the 9th century AD. When the Kallison incense clock collection appeared likely to be dispersed in China, I urged the family to agree to an NAWCC Museum exhibit in order to raise awareness in the USA concerning these unusual objects, and to respect William Kallister Sr.’s achievement in assembling this outstanding collection.”
A Sense of Time will continue through April 30, 2010. Special events include an Asian Tea, on November 14, will highlight this special exhibit. Financial support has been provided by the Donegal Insurance Company and an NAWCC private donor.
July 17, 2009
Contact Name: Markus Harris - Communications Dept.
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FIVE STATE COLLECTORS
NAWCC Chapter 80:
Because of unforeseen circumstances, Chapter 80 has canceled the Regional that was scheduled for August 14 & 15, 2009 in Lubbock, Texas.
However, they will be holding a One-Day Mart on Saturday, September 12, 2009 in Plainview, Texas. The Mart will be held in Herb Wallace’s Building located one mile West of Interstate 27 on Farm Road 194. (This is in the Northwest Corner of the City of Plainview, Texas.) The Mart will be limited to 50 tables. An educational program will also be provided.
COLUMBIA, PA: Escape the summer heat and head to the Museum for a free movie and popcorn!
The National Watch and Clock Museum is showing its second free summer movie Treasure Planet on Friday, July 24. Rated PG, the 96-minute adventure is an appropriate movie for the whole family. In the film, 15-year-old Jim Hawkins stumbles upon a map to the greatest pirate trove in the universe. The tale follows Jim’s fantastic journey across a parallel universe as cabin boy aboard a glittering space galleon. Befriended by the ship’s charismatic cyborg (part man, part machine) cook John Silver, Jim blossoms under his guidance.
Mark your calendars for these other free movies coming up later this summer:
August 28: - Mulan
September 19: - Pirates of the Caribbean (movie will begin at 4 p.m. on this date only)
The series of free summer movies is being presented in conjunction with the Museum’s new Time & Exploration exhibit. The Museum usually closes its doors at 5 p.m., but on July 24th and August 28 will extend its hours until the movie begins at 6 p.m. Early attendance is suggested because seating is limited. Call Director of Education Katie Knaub for additional information at 717-684-8261 ext. 237.
COLUMBIA, PA: Do you have time on your hands and aren’t sure what to do with it? Consider taking a workshop sponsored by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors’ School of Horology located directly across the street from the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia. Designed for beginner and advanced students, the workshops build confidence, knowledge, and skills in watch and clock repair and maintenance through hands-on learning.
Among the many workshops being offered this summer are:
WS-124 Dial Restoration and Painting with Phil Gregory: August 8-9
WS-111 Servicing a Pocket Watch for the Beginner: August 22-23
Dial Restoration and Painting is an introductory workshop that enables the students to develop tools and techniques to refurbish the dial on a favorite clock. All materials and supplies are provided; however, students are welcome to bring their own dials. The workshop fee is $190 for NAWCC members ($230 for the general public) and the lab fee is $50.
Servicing a Pocket Watch, focusing on American watches, is a hands-on workshop which introduces the student to the proper method in servicing pocket watches and is open to both the beginner and the advanced collector. As usual, all materials and tools will be supplied, but students are welcome to bring their own watches. The workshop fee is $190 for NAWCC members ($230 for the general public) and the lab fee is $80.
Registration is typically three weeks prior to the workshop date. 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 hour for lunch. For registration information and a full workshop schedule with descriptions of these and all the other workshops, visit the following link: NAWCC Workshop Schedule. You may also call Director of Education Katie Knaub at 717-684-8261, ext. 237 for more information.
COLUMBIA, PA: The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors’ School of Horology in Columbia, PA, recently graduated 10 students from its Clock Program.
Whether the student is an aspiring professional or a serious hobbyist, the School’s Clock Program begins with an introduction to simple time-and-strike clocks and then to other more complicated mechanisms. Advanced topics such as gear cutting, machine tools, and escapement repair and fabrication are also addressed.
Graduates, fully equipped with knowledge and skills in the art of clock repair and restoration, are well prepared to successfully repair a wide variety of clocks. The Clock Program consists of 8 two-week courses and 2 three-week courses.
The School of Horology is licensed by the Commonwealth 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 receive the personalized instruction necessary to master the specialized skills.
The National Watch & Clock Museum is again offering an opportunity for NAWCC Members to pay a visit to the National Watch & Clock Museum and the NAWCC School of Horology. Our inaugural tour in April was great fun and we enjoyed immensely meeting with members of the NAWCC and treating them to a very special experience.
The National Watch and Clock Museum invites you to join them in a very special experience! Located in the town of Columbia, Pennsylvania in beautiful Lancaster County, participants will be treated to three days of “special.”
Begin with a fine dinner at your full service hotel in Lancaster including two lounges—one in a tree! Here your host will introduce you to the days of touring that will follow.
The National Watch and Clock Museum has put together a half day of touring the museum, studying the collection and the storing of it. They have planned a catered luncheon in the rotunda of the museum and then a tour of the School of Horology.
Next there will be a “Behind the Scenes” tour at the unusual York Heritage Agricultural & Industrial Museum. Participants will see and handle artifacts that are not on display to the general public!
Members will meet the famous du Pont family in the Brandywine Valley and be treated to special tour at the Hagley Museum and Library, the original home of the du Ponts and the gun powder works founded in 1802. This unique museum will rollout the red carpet for you.
Participants savor a local winery and experience some of the local culture with a private Farmland tour of south central Pennsylvania as well as local PA Dutch food!
Be assured that you cannot have this experience any other way!!! Everything is in place, all you need to do is register. Do it today!!! Space will be limited to one motorcoach.
The price of this trip is as follows: Heritage Hotel $519.00, (Prices are per person, double occupancy) Price without lodging $370.00. The price includes motorcoach transportation, lodging for four days/three nights, full breakfasts, two lunches, three dinners, special behind-the-scenes tour at York County Heritage Agricultural & Industrial Museum, all admission fees to museums, wine samplings at a local winery, Farmland tour wineries, tip for driver, all taxes and gratuities.
Registration is $100.00 deposit per person. Balance due September 10, 2009.
Mail to: Noel Poirier, National Watch and Clock Museum, 514 Poplar Street, Columbia, PA 17512-2130
Questions? Call 717-684-8261.
We hope to see you!
COLUMBIA, PA: Sip on some hops and check out the clocks! The National Watch and Clock Museum is holding its annual beer-tasting event, “Hops ’n Clocks,” on Friday, July 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. Come see a tallcase clock made almost exclusively of beer cans, designed by artist Randall Cleaver!
Randall Cleaver’s work combines what has been discarded to create timekeeping artifacts. Creating with found objects started as an inexpensive way to obtain materials, but soon, the objects themselves became a source of inspiration. So it is with the beer cans! Randall’s biography and examples of his creations can be viewed at http://www.inliquid.com/artist/cleaver_randall/cleaver.php.
Five area breweries including Appalachian Brewing, Lancaster Brewing, Market Cross Pub and Brewery, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Union Barrel Works will offer samples of their finest brews. And what’s beer without something to go with it?! Providing delicious food to complement the beer will be local caterers including A Taste of Style, Chef Tim Foods, John Wright Restaurant, McCleary’s Public House, and Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen.
To add to the fun, The Beekeepers will keep things lively with acoustic rock music played throughout the evening. The three-piece band from West Chester, PA, has entertained audiences in a variety of venues, but they especially look forward to playing where they have “all the time in the world!”
A limited number of tickets will be sold. Tickets are $25 and $15 for those not sampling beer. Ticket price also includes a commemorative glass, Museum admission and interaction with artist Randall Cleaver and seeing his creations. To order tickets or for more information, visit www.nawcc.org or call 717-684-8261, ext. 237.
Media sponsors for Hops ’n Clocks include 101 The Rose and Smooth Jazz 92.7.
COLUMBIA, PA: A number of items have been formally de-accessioned from the National Watch & Clock Museum collection, and are slated to be put up for auction at the 2009 National Convention in Grand Rapids. All proceeds from the auctioned items will go back into the Museum Collections Acquisition Fund, to finance future collection purchases. Items being auctioned include:
The auction will be held on Saturday, June 13. Visit the National Convention webpage for more information about the 2009 Convention: http://www.nawcc.org/index.php/2009-national .
COLUMBIA, PA: Young explorers seeking fun and adventure should sign up for one of several camps at the National Watch and Clock Museum held along with Time & Exploration: Earth, Sea and Space, the newest special exhibit at the Museum.
Land Navigation (July 14 or 16) Kids will become explorers and surveyors as they learn about historic and modern exploration techniques that were used to survey the United States and how the measurement of time was an important factor. Activities include making a compass, sundials, scavenger hunt, and letterboxing.
Sea Navigation (July 21 or 23) Kids will go on a high seas adventure to explore how different cultures navigated the ocean and how time has played an important role in navigation. Activities include making navigation and timing instruments for sea navigation and even a boat race against the clock!
Space Navigation (July 28 or 30) Three, Two, One, Lift Off! Kids will travel into outer space to explore the solar system and learn how scientists use time to explore the universe. Activities include making a star clock, learning how time is important in rocket launching, discovering how Lancaster was involved in telling time on Mars, and seeing a piece of the moon up close!
“Programs like this are a great opportunity to teach young children how time and timekeeping has played an important role in history and science through interactive activities that let them experience it for themselves,” states Director of Education Katie Knaub.
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!
The National Watch and Clock Museum is starting its series of free summer movies on Friday, May 29, with National Treasure. Rated PG, the 124-minute adventure movie stars Nicolas Cage and Diane Kruger. In the film, Cage is a treasure hunter in hot pursuit of a mythical treasure that has been passed down for centuries. His employer-turned enemy is also attempting to find it and will do whatever it takes to discover it first!
Mark your calendars and plan on attending these other free movies that will be shown on the following dates:
July 24 - Treasure Planet
August 28 - Mulan
September 19 - Pirates of the Caribbean (movie will begin at 4 p.m. on this date only)
The series of free summer movies is being presented in conjunction with the Museum’s new Time & Exploration exhibit. The Museum usually closes its doors at 5 p.m., but on May 29th, July 24th, and August 28 will extend its hours until the movie begins at 6 p.m. Early attendance is suggested because seating is limited. Call Director of Education Katie Knaub for additional information at 717-684-8261 ext. 237.
COLUMBIA, PA: For Mother’s Day, perfume, dinner out, and flowers are all very popular gift ideas. But how about a gift of time, which EVERY mother needs!
The National Watch and Clock Museum is holding a Mother’s Day Family Timepiece Workshop on Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m. Family members are invited to choose from a wide array of beads to create a special wristwatch for the lady who has done so much for her family. Mothers are also certainly welcome to attend and personally create their own timepiece. Either way, the creation will be a gift used and enjoyed for many years to come.
“A workshop like this one is another opportunity the Museum has to encourage families to visit and show that the Museum is not only educational, but a whole lot of fun too - for all ages,” stated Director of Education Katie Knaub.
Cost is $15 for each wristwatch, and admission to the Museum is included with the workshop fee. Preregistration 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.
April 9, 2009
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
COLUMBIA, PA: Western Michigan Chapter 101of the NAWCC is hosting the 64th Annual Convention at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, MI, June 10-13. If you haven’t attended any previous Conventions, it’s an excellent time to meet with fellow members and friends who share your passion for watch and clock collecting, learning, and trading.
Cathy Koolen will give the keynote address on the “Dutch Clock Making Industry” at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening, followed by a full slate of presentations throughout the rest of the Convention. A complete schedule of the presentations can be found on our website, on the Nationals Page (http://www.nawcc.org/index.php/2009-national ) by clicking on “Education Opportunities.”
Of course the Mart is also a highlight with up to 900 tables of watches, clocks, and parts for members to purchase and trade. Over 600 tables have already been reserved, so if you are interested in being a vendor, please register soon.
Among the other highlights of the Convention are the exhibit, Craft Contest, Junior Horology Program, Watch and Clock Evaluation, Field Suitcase Workshops, two auctions, and the optional breathtaking Meijer Garden Tour, which really should not be an option!
A new option is available to NAWCC members, in addition to the traditional mail-in registration form. Online registration is now in place to provide a faster and more efficient way to register for the National (and other events). The process is absolutely secure; all personal information is encrypted by our registration software.
To register online, simply go to our new and improved website at http://www.nawcc.org:
Hope to see you in Grand Rapids in June!
April 6, 2009
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
COLUMBIA, PA: The NAWCC Nominating and Elections Committee has received notification from Trout, Ebersole and Groff, Certified Public Accountants, who were charged with the responsibility of receiving ballots and tabulating members’ votes in the 2009 Election. The results follow, with the successful candidates indicated by an asterisk (*):
Director – Four Year Term
Nominations and Elections Committee - Four Year Term
A total of 1998 ballots were received by the audit firm. Of these, 91 ballots were invalid. Trout, Ebersole and Groff explained these ballots were invalid because they had no membership number or the membership number was invalid.
On behalf of the NAWCC Membership, the Board of Directors, the Nominating and Elections Committee and the Staff, congratulations are offered to the successful candidates and appreciation is extended to all candidates for their willingness to serve NAWCC.
Doug Cowan, Chair
Nominating and Elections Committee
Mar. 31, 2009
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Marketing/PR
The new NAWCC website is now up and running. The new site uses a content management system that streamlines site maintenance and displays information in a user-friendly format. Content upgrades will continue for several weeks as data archives are transferred and linked to the new system. Advanced features, including a members-only virtual bidding system, a member-generated horological wiki, social networking software, streaming video of classes and workshops, and an upgraded virtual Museum tour, will soon be implemented.
The creation of an online archive of the NAWCC Bulletin is now in process. Members will soon be able to view Bulletin content online after searching the existing online Bulletin index. A big thank you goes to Florida Chapter 68, whose donation in memory of Dr. Theodore Crom has helped to fund this project.
Check back over the next few months as menus are expanded and new features become available!
The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC, Inc.) is a nonprofit, 501(C)(3) organization with close to 21,000 members, representing 52 countries. NAWCC operates the School of Horology, an accredited institution offering instruction 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.
Mar. 20, 2009
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Marketing/PR
Jan. 29, 2009
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Marketing/PR
COLUMBIA, PA: The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) is pleased to announce Markus Harris as the new Director of Communications.
Mr. Harris is a professional writer, an avid historical collector and reenactor, and an engineering enthusiast. His recent appointment is the latest venture in a lengthy and varied career in the media arts. At National he will be contributing to the Marketing, Publications, and Information Services departments. Though new to the world of horology, Markus is thoroughly impressed by the NAWCC and is thrilled by the opportunity to represent and support such an incredible organization.
Among his talents are script and screenwriting, special event design, digital media and audio production, and internet communications strategy. Past credits include special effects show designer at The Amish Experience in Bird-in-Hand, PA; technical director at Gretna Theatre in Mount Gretna, PA; co-founder of the International Independent Fight Directors Guild; and numerous special events throughout the country, from California to Aspen to Boston. In his spare time, Harris serves as historical consultant for a number of successful authors.