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What is a "Webinar?" It's a lecture or exploratory presentation that is broadcast live over the world wide web, viewable over your computer. You can either stream the web broadcast live directly to your computer, or view the recorded version later on your own time-- it's your choice. The webinars have covered a wide variety of horological topics, ranging from ephemera and time zones to a variety of watches and clocks programs. These programs provide an opportunity to hear speakers from across the country, and the recorded presentations can be used at any time for individual or Chapter viewing. These programs are also offered through the library for borrowing in DVD format for those members/chapters who do not have access to the internet for streaming a presentation.
There is no charge for the webinars.
Once you have registered, you will receive an email registration confirmation as well as a reminder notice the day of the program. Each of these notices includes a link to join the presentation. Even if you cannot view the presentation live, if you register for the webinar in advance, you will receive a follow-up email with a direct link to the recording so you don’t have to go searching on the website for the recording.
To view the presentation, your computer or mobile device must meet certain requirements and you must download the gotowebinar application onto your system. To view the system requirements please visit this link. You can either listen to the presentation through your computer speakers or call in using a landline (toll number).
Webinar Help- Click on the links below for helpful hints and tips to access the webinars.
A review of English skeleton clocks, with an emphasis on architectural models by Robert Schmitt
January 24, 2016 at 7pm Eastern Standard Time
About the Presenter: Bob Schmitt was recruited by Ford Motor Co at UCLA in early 1968 and his first assignment was in Dearborn, MI. His supervisor, Gordon Rice collected antiques, and took him along to Schmidt's Antiques in Ypsilanti. There Bob acquired his first antique clock. Later transferred to Los Angeles, Bob met Charles Hackett of Charles and Charles Antiques, and Larry Morgan of Costa Mesa, Ca. He acquired many clocks from both dealers, and Mr. Morgan gave him a great deal of encouragement.
In 1980, Bob left Ford and opened a shop in Big Bear, CA. In 1983 he traded that property to an Englishman and moved to Nottingham, England. He continued to buy, sell and collect clocks, as well as sell consignments at auction. In 1985 he moved to New Hampshire, since there was no sales tax [tax often discouraged collectors] and there seemed to be an abundance of old clocks. Having dealt informally to that time, he established the firm R. O. Schmitt Fine Arts, which continues to this day, under the leadership of Daniel Horan.
Bob now lives and collects in Arizona, and assists with the auctions in NH.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please be sure to view system requirements before logging on to make sure your will be able to access the program. This information will be found in registration link and registration confirmation. If you cannot attend this webinar, live and would like to view a recording of it, please register for the webinar and you will be automatically notified when a recording is available.
November 15, 2015: Exploring the Museum's Collection from the Comfort of Home by Noel Poirier, National Watch & Clock Museum Director
You may not be aware that the National Watch & Clock Museum’s entire collection is available to you from the comfort of your own home. With a click of your mouse or a touch of your finger, you can explore the entire Museum collection. The Museum’s online collection database contains thousands of objects and images. The database is always a work in progress, with new museum and archival items updated or added every week. Join Museum Director Noel Poirier for a “how-to” on using the Museum’s Online Collection Database.
October18, 2015 Comic and Cartoon Character Watches: A Relatively Concise and Utterly Biased History by Jeffrey Schuldenfrei
This presentation discusses the history of timepieces that feature popular comic strip and cartoon characters. In the first part of the talk presenter Jeffrey Schuldenfrei will discuss the origins of this type of novelty watch, and stress timepieces that he considers milestones of the genre. In the latter part of the talk he will concentrate on personal favorites that he find significant. Throughout the talk, he will also mention "fun facts" regarding some of the comic strips and cartoons represented by these timepieces; and quiz questions will be included for participants (self-graded!).
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Septemer 27 and October 11, 2015 Starting a Vintage Wristwatch Collection Without the Tears: Advice, Tips, and Help from the Novice to the More Experienced by Adam Harris
This webinar will cover the questions: “How, Where, and What” to start a vintage wristwatch collection. We will discuss tips and commonly asked questions and answers. There will be lots of photo examples with costs and examples of potential downfalls and how to try to avoid them.
August 23, 2015: The 7 Clock Companies of Joseph Henry Eastman by Ken Hogwood
This program focuses on Joseph Henry Eastman's life and the 7 clock companies he was associated with during his life.
July 12, 2015 On the Clock: Changing the Industrialized World
by the National Watch and Clock Museum's Curator of Collections, Kim Jovinelli
This program is an overview of the National Watch and Clock Museum's latest special exhibit and will focus on time recorders as accents to the Labor Movement in America. This will not only be an exhibit walkthrough, but also a look at how the work day has changed over the years, the advancements that had to happen to get us where we are today, and what the future could look like as technology progresses.
View a recording on our NAWCC Education YouTube channel
May 17, 2015 The American Watch Co. grade – 40 Years of Excellence by Tom McIntyre
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 name of the company was changed to the American Watch Co. following the merger of the Waltham Improvement Co. and the Appleton & Tracy Co. In the same year Waltham sold its first watches with American Watch Co. as the grade name on the watch. This grade name was used on many models and sizes of watches that 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.
April 19th, 2015 The Beginning of the Hermetic Wristwatch. New discoveries and Early Wristwatch Adoption Photos by Adam Harris
This program will cover the history of ‘hermetically’ sealed watches from 1891 to circa 1950s, including photos and adverts from those periods. Our presenter, Adam Harris will also show some amazing photos of early wristwatches being worn in different walks of life and occupations.
March 29th, 2015: Do You Know What Time It Is? The Establishment of Time Zones in the United States by Robert Gary, written and researched by Susan Gary
A historical look at how and why the national time zones came into being. It was not for the reason most people think.
February 15th, 2015: The Remarkable Clocks of Andrew V. Strait of Sidney, NY by Russ Oechsle
While the name Andrew V. Strait might not be recognizable to many advertising clock collectors and aficionados, his clocks, generally referred to as "Sidney Advertising Clocks" surely are. Strait's story is one of real genius, wherein his skills as a clock maker merged with his unique ideas on profiting through the medium of advertising to create a new segment in American horology. This presentation, based almost entirely on primary sources, will provide the history of Strait and his various advertising clock models, as well as lesser known inventions, including what he called the "first electric alarm clock.
January 25th, 2015: The War Alarm by Al Dodson
Horology played an important role in World War Two. The Hamilton Watch Co. is well remembered for the spectacular achievement of mass producing the Marine Chronometer and the many other timepieces they made for all branches of military. Other watch and clock companies also produced a wide variety of timepieces for the war effort. One product, the War Alarm, was produced for the civilian population in response to a critical need of this cheap and mundane timepiece. This webinar, presented by Al Dodson, will discuss the War Alarm and present photos, vintage advertisements, and other documents to illustrate this need and how the government and manufacturers responded.
November 16, 2014: The Beginning of the Self-Winding Wristwatch & Interesting Finds in the Museum Watch Collection in 2014 by Gallet Guest Curator Adam Harris.
Our Gallet guest curator of wristwatches, Adam Harris will discuss the “genesis” of the automatic wristwatch 1922 to 1940s. Adam will also present some of his research findings during his stay as a guest wristwatch curator, including important and updated NAWCC collection items descriptions, early patents and WWI photographs.
View a recording of this webinar.
October 27, 2014: The Beginning of the Wristwatch – What we have learned in 2 years by Gallet Guest Wristwatch Curator Adam Harris
This webinar will be a timeline walk through the beginning of the wristwatch, both in Europe and America. Adam Harris, our Gallet guest curator of wristwatches at the National Watch and Clock Museum will discuss the fascinating amount of discoveries we have learned in past two years. This webinar will truly bring you up to date with the beginning of the wristwatch in Europe and America. There will be lots of interesting period advertisements and images included in the discussion.
September 28, 2014: Ephemeral Art – Here today and gone tomorrow by Pat Holloway
The program provides an overview of the evolution, distribution and imagery of 19th century advertising trade cards with a special focus on horology. These cards were an integral part of many Victorian homes, often appearing in prominently placed albums. The art work provides an interesting view of turn-of-the-century American life and industry. This program was presented at the 2014 NAWCC National Convention.
August 17th, 2013: Meet the Bulletin Author Webinar
June 21st, 2013: Meet the NAWCC Bulletin Author Webinar