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Message from Tom Wilcox, Ex VP of the NAWCC
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:22 pm Reply with quote
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02.17.19- 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.

"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
Charles Dickens

The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.

Dear NAWCC Friends and Members:

Being thankful and expressing your gratitude is an important part of being a community. We all have the tendency to complain and find fault in things and with each other. We are more vocal about the negative things we see rather than expressing appreciation in tangible and vocal ways for the positive. The more we criticize and the less we compliment, the more we steer towards being negative in everything and positive in nothing. Not a very healthy or hospitable community!

Focusing on finding the proper way to thank others for their hard work, their volunteering, their trying to make a positive difference in our NAWCC community is critical if we want to grow our numbers and grow engagement from others. Too many times our volunteers are left with no appreciation, no encouragement, no support, and ALL the BLAME!

Let's try to say something positive and complimentary three times more the times we criticize, fault-find, and denigrate the efforts of others. Let us focus on the great and positive things our organization has and will achieve. Let us instill a positive attitude and appreciative heart among ourselves and encourage others to continue in their hard work and efforts to make the NAWCC succeed!

On this day in 1864, the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, nick named the Hunley, was the first submarine during the American Civil War to sink an enemy ship, the Union vessel Housatonic off the coast of Charlestown, S.C. The Hunley was designed and built at Mobile, Alabama, and named for its chief financial backer, Horace L. Hunley. Less than 40 feet (12 metres) long, the submarine could hold up to nine crewmen, most of whom propelled the vessel by hand cranking a single screw. Its commander controlled steering and depth.

The Hunley was shipped by rail in 1863 to Charleston, South Carolina, where it was launched in July. In practice runs and attempts to attack blockading Union warships, it went to the bottom three times with great loss of life—including that of Hunley himself. Raised one more time, it successfully attacked the Union sloop Housatonic with a spar torpedo on February 17, 1864, sinking the vessel. The Hunley, however, was lost shortly after the attack, along with its eight crewmen.

The vessel lay in only 30 feet (9 metres) of water some 4 miles (6 km) offshore until it was found by preservationists in 1995. It was raised intact in 2000 and taken to North Charleston’s Warren Lasch Conservation Center, which had been constructed for the Hunley. The crewmen’s remains were later removed for burial, and the submarine underwent extensive preservation work and research. Of particular interest was the cause of the crew’s death, long thought to be suffocation or drowning. However, when the Hunley was unsealed, the bodies were found at their posts, and there was no indication that the men had tried to evacuate. In addition, the submarine showed no major damage. Various theories were proposed, and in 2017 researchers at Duke University speculated that the blast from the torpedo that sunk the Housatonic produced a shock wave that ruptured blood vessels in the men’s lungs. Known as blast lung, it either killed the crew instantaneously or incapacitated them, causing the Hunley to sink.

The Hunley excavation team at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center, Charleston, South Carolina recently located the pocket watch belonging to the Hunley’s captain, Lt. George Dixon. The NAWCC School of Horology, and The National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors examined the watch to assist with the identification of this time treasure back in 2000. The Hunley team has returned in 2019 to seek the NAWCC’s help in the further identification process of this historic object. The watch movement is attributed to S. I. Tobias of London.
Tour the NAWCC Museum with RGM's Roland Murphy

front-entrance-to-our.jpgRGM’s Roland Murphy will be hosting a free tour of the NAWCC Museum on February 23, 2019 at 10am. The NAWCC is the “National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors” . The address is 514 Poplar St. Columbia, PA 17512. No reservation is needed, just show up and mention you are there for Mr. Murphy’s tour. Mr. Murphy has arranged for the normal museum fee to be waived so this is a totally free event. Of course we always encourage donations to the museum, which you can do in person if you so desire.

The tour will take about 2 hours or so, and Mr Murphy will feature items in the museum that he personally likes and feels are significant. There are many items of interest in the museum including clocks, watches, complicated watches, watchmaking tools, machinery, and much more.

Also, after the tour if you have an old watch you would like to show Mr. Murphy he will be glad to look at and give you his comments about it. Mr. Murphy has many years experience restoring and collecting vintage and antique watches.


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
The NAWCC Clockwork Festival will be held April 13, 2019 at the NAWCC Museum and World HQ building and grounds from 10 AM until 4 PM. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

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 hosted by many of our member horologists participating in the event, as well as Rose Engine turning demonstrations by Dave Lindow will be offered. We will have 2-3 panel presentations on the connection between horology and autonoma/steampunk/creative gear contraptions and the how and why to constructing these gear-related creations, in addition to a Steampunk band and cosplay creator/performers 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. On hand will be NAWCC members and friends displaying and presenting on their clock, automata, steampunk, and gear-inspired skills, contraptions, and creations like Gary Sullivan, Dave Lindow, and Don Dodson. Representatives from AutomataCon including Brett King, curators from the Morris Museum Guinness Collection, including Michele Marinelli and Jere Ryder, and journalist/makers, including Andrew Terranova, will also be there actively engaged and participating.


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. 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.

I am back on Facebook, so look for photos and videos posted there as well:


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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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