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Message from Tom Wilcox, NAWCC Ex VP
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From: Tom Wilcox, Esq., NAWCC Executive Director [mailto:planned_giving@nawcc.giftlegacy.com] On Behalf Of Tom Wilcox, Esq., NAWCC Executive Director
Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2019 6:39 AM
To: Wilcox, Tom
Subject: Executive Director's Weekly Newsletter 02/10/2019

02.10.19- You are receiving this email as a courtesy of the author, or as a member and friend of the NAWCC. You can also view this Sunday message, with all the pictures, on the NAWCC
website under the Message Board. Also access former emails. SEE BELOW for more details.

Dear NAWCC Friends and Members:

I was away to the Mid-Florida Regional and so grant you a reprieve of my lengthy sermon this morning. The Regional Committee and volunteers pulled off a very well attended event in Lakeland with some interesting watches presented at the British Horology Chapter. Thank you Howard Gitman, David Cooper and others for sharing their treasures. Rich Newman enlighted his audience with his well received Watch Paper presentation and collection, last heard at the Wintherthur Time Symposium. And Ken Hogwood brought along some of his finest examples of his Carriage Clock collection and presented a mini-75th Anniversary Carriage Clock Exhibit and presentation to the fortunate attendees in the Sikes lecture area.

We also had international visitors from the UK and Germany. Johnny Waksman came in all the way from London and Roland and Anjae Resag came all the way from Hamburg. David Boyd and some of his crew, here with Dave is Angel Hernandez and Jacob Tenace from Boyd Clocks loaned some interesting and "whimsical" horological objects for display in the hallway.

Public day was surprisingly well attended and the MART area was still filled with clocks and watches on the tables and buyers and traders circulating the rows well into the 3 o'clock hour on Saturday. A job well done for the tired crew of volunteers!


The 2019 NAWCC election is in progress. We are voting on three (3) NAWCC Board Directors and one (1) Nominating and Elections Committee Member.

The Nominating and Elections Committee (NEC) worked very hard to find some of the most qualified members that will be shaping the NAWCC for the next four years. The candidate resumes are posted on line and appeared in the January/February Watch and Clock Bulletin. For viewing on line, go to nawcc.org front page to the banner announcing the election. The candidates represent various regions of our country, diverse horological interests and strong business and professional backgrounds.

The independent election firm, Election-America, released email ballots on January 10 to all NAWCC members with email addresses registered with our Membership Services Department. On the same day, they mailed a form (USPS) to all members that did not have email addresses registered asking them to furnish email addresses or request a paper ballot.

YOUR vote is VERY important to the future governance of the NAWCC Association. If you have not voted, please go on line and vote your choice. If you have voted, please accept our "Thank You" for your sincere interest in the future of the NAWCC.


Inclement weather got you cooped up? Starting to get that Cabin Fever feeling? Wintery blasts starting to make it hard to remember that spring is coming? Want to let your imagination take you away to fairer skies and scenery? Come to the NAWCC National Watch and Clock Museum and get a taste of the active outdoors, indoors. Every year, the Lower Susquehanna Valley Modular Railroaders Club comes to Columbia, PA to set up the area’s largest model railroad display, 44 feet long by 20 feet wide for the month of February.

There is a natural affinity and connection among pocket watches, time measurement, and railroad history. Conductors and engineers needed precise time to run the train schedules without crashing into each other, as was the case up into the 1880’s. Then, after too many crashes, conductors got together and agreed upon standard time zones and time measurement in Canada, which rolled over into the United States, and ultimately ended up in 1883 with an international meeting in Washington, DC that established the worldwide time zone system we know today. All because of conductors, railroads and pocket watches!

Collectors of train sets often have a fondness for collecting clocks and watches and vice versa. Here, at the NAWCC National Watch and Clock Museum, they can satisfy both interests at once, inside a warm and comfortable environment. They can be entertained by the multiple sceneries and setups along the 228 continuous, 3 track set up of “O” gauge and 3 continuously running trains.

The National Watch and Clock Museum welcomes this special exhibit from February 5th through March 2nd courtesy of the Lower Susquehanna Valley Modular Railroaders, who build, display, and operate layouts throughout Central Pennsylvania. This display is located in the Museum lobby and is free to the public. Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm.


NAWCC Clockworks Festival, April 13, 2019
We are getting very positive feedback from horologists and gear workers from our NAWCC friends and members participating with us at our first, hosted Clockworks Festival scheduled at the NAWCC Museum and grounds, April 13th.

The event is to entertain, educate, and introduce horology to enthusiasts of Make, steampunk, automatons, and related kinetic and gear working objects, engineering, art, science, and history. “Ask a Horologist” sessions and Rose Engine turning demonstrations will also be featured throughout the day.

The event is structured to gather people from all locations and interests to share ideas, build relationships, and grow interest in horology, automata, and other gear-related activities, new and old. Included will be NAWCC members and friends displaying and presenting on their clock, automata, steampunk, and gear-inspired skills, contraptions, and creations like Gary Sullivan, Dug North, Brett King, Dave Lindow, and Don Dodson. Representatives from AutomataCon, the Morris Museum Guinness Collection, including curators Michele Marinelli and Jere Ryder, will also be participating.

Other well-known personalities and experts, such as Andrew Terranova and institutions, such as C.O.G.S., Strasburg RR Museum, PA RR Museum, and the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia are being contacted to participate as well. Here are links to the website and FB event page:

We will be holding panel discussions on the connection between horology and gearworks areas like autonoma and steampunk and about how makers make what they make. We will also have an opening panel presentation on “Why we are here?”

Regional clock and watch makers, and particularly machinist types, will be in attendance as well. A special presentation of the Engel clock and French Industrial Clocks on display will be added treats for our new-to-the-NAWCC guests. This will be a very attractive happening to a new demographic that the NAWCC is reaching out to and inviting to participate in horology. Some of our demonstrations, especially in Rose Engine turning and "Ask a Horologist" will be very well received.

NAWCC member Gary Sullivan is going to attend and participate. He will bring his steam engine top hat and steam operated bicycle and something else he is working on. Here is just a glimpse: See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W4pRFXD_lE

We will also have on hand the Night Watch Paradox see: http://nightwatchparadox.com/ and a phono fiddler named Keith Engle offering performances at the event. We will have other important and relevant parties invited and participating to make this a fantastic, gearworks-oriented and educational event to understand and celebrate the connections between gears, clocks, watches, autonoma, steampunk, and horology; all different stories of TIME.

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I appreciate your feedback and look forward to deliver information that will keep you inspired, encouraged, and informed. If you don’t get the email messages on Sunday and want to, please update your contact information, including your email addresses to our membership team, care of Christa Eckert at ceckert@nawcc.org.

You are also free to and encouraged to forward and share this and any NAWCC messages to friends, relatives, and all others you believe would be interested in hearing about the NAWCC. This can be a new and easy way for you to grow our membership and invite others to your chapter meetings and NAWCC events.

Keep up the good work you are doing and the support you lend to our work and efforts. WE ALL can make a difference for our passion and the NAWCC perpetuating that passion to all generations for all time!

We are the world's largest museum, research library, educational institution, and international community dedicated to clocks, watches, time, and timekeeping.

We are committed to being the premier educator and advocate for horology and everyone interested in the stories of time.

We share the stories of TIME…

You can now view this Sunday message, with all the pictures, on the NAWCC website under the Message Board. This new area for Executive Director postings will also allow for communicating NAWCC specific updates, timely notices, and messages to the membership on the Message Board and opening a little more space for horological informative and educational matters on the Sunday morning posts.

For past Sunday emails with images on the NAWCC.org Message Board.
go to:

*As a helpful reminder, please remember that sometimes these photos need to be downloaded by right clicking in the left or right top corner of the photo, where there is an "x" or by right clicking to open the scroll list and look for "download pictures" to click on. With AOL accounts, it seems that hitting the "REPLY" button downloads the images. That may help in revealing the pictures. For our overseas friends, you might try double-clicking the picture, as a link has attempted to be attached to the image.

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This eNewsletter and our planned giving web site are provided to our members and friends as a free service. Please feel free to call me at 717-684-8261, ext. 209, or at twilcox@nawcc.org with any questions or comments or if you do not want to receive this newsletter. Thank you for your interest in the NAWCC. To access our financial and gift planning information and planning calculators, please click here.

All the best of TIME to you.....
Tom Wilcox, Esq. - Executive Director
National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors,Inc.
We share the stories of TIME.....

p: 717.684.8261 Ext.209
If outside the US you can call or text me for free internationally on WhatsApp or WeChat at 610 213 1489.

We are the world's largest museum, research library, educational institution, and international community dedicated to clocks, watches, time, and timekeeping.

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