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.
Sacred Time: Symbolism and the Religious Concept of TimeSunday, June 19, 2016 7pm Eastern Time
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This program is an overview of the National Watch and Clock Museum's latest special exhibit Sacred Time. This will not only be an exhibit walk-through, but will examine the objects on exhibit and explain the inherent symbolism of these timepieces as they relate to the five major religions’ view the passage of time. This special exhibit runs through December 2016 at the National Watch & Clock Museum.
About the Presenter: This program is presented by the National Watch and Clock Museum's Curator of Collections, Kim Jovinelli
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.
May 15, 2016: What's new at the fair: The 1983 World's Columbian Exposition by Pat Holloway
Many horological manufacturers took advantage of the advertising and exposure provided by 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. This World's Fair coincided with the growing use of photographs, as well as the widespread use of advertising souvenirs. These artifacts provide a glimpse of the excitement and innovations surrounding the Fair.
April 10, 2016: Questions You Should Ask Before Buying that Wristwatch by Adam Harris
National Watch & Clock Museum Guest Wristwatch Curator Adam Harris returns with an informative webinar on questions to ask before buying a wristwatch. He will explain:
· Different types of complications
· Mechanical versus self-winding, versus quartz
· Shapes, styles, and bracelet types
· Advantages and disadvantages of buying a "vintage" watch
· Buying modern "second-hand" watches
Important questions to ask the seller or AD
March 20, 2016: Overview Of The Rockford Watch Company: It's Products And Ephemera by Darrah Artzner
The Rockford Watch Company provided the railroad industry and public with quality watches for almost 40 years. Darrah Artzner will present their models for all sizes produced with brief descriptions and noting major differences. Various cases and dials found with these movements are shown. Cases from the little known Rockford Watch Case Company are discussed with examples. And, like their competitors, ephemera from the Rockford Watch Company provided plenty of support for their products in retail shops and news media, and when notify existing and potential customers of new products. Examples of these ephemera are presented along with comments about their purpose and knowledge gained from their study.
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February 21, 2016: Horology in Art by Bob Frishman
Expanding on his popular series of articles in Watch & Clock Bulletin, Bob Frishman will present highlights from his large collection of fine art images which include a clock or watch within the scene. From Van Gogh to Dali, Titian, Homer, Magritte, Hopper, Rockwell and many more, these artists are familiar to art lovers but have not been joined together in this unique way. More than one hundred artworks from six centuries will be shown and discussed, with special attention to the depicted timepieces, in an entertaining combination of art and horology histories.
January 24, 2016: A Review of English Skelton Clocks, with emphasis on arcitectural models by Bob Schmitt
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.
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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