Behind the Scenes at ACWM
September 2013- Did you see us at the Big E!?
ACWM again participated at the New England Expo, sharing a booth in the Connecticut Building with the Bristol Historical Society and Imagine Nation Museum.
September 2013- A Bit of Hollywood at ACWM
Thank you Micah Tasker of theVintageWatchman.com for bring in a display of watches used during the making of the hit television program "Boardwalk Empire." Micah acts as a period watch consultant for the show.
September 2013- Ladies Antique Watch Collecting Event
Pictured is Donna who not only participated in our September event but also won the door prize- a lovely antique ladies wrist watch for her personal collection. Participants of the event learned about the history of ladies watches from horology author Andy Dervan and also learned about how to begin collecting your own ladies watches today from NAWCC Chapter 87 officers Micah and Mary Tasker.
August 2013- White Night Bristol at the American Clock & Watch Museum
Two hundred people showed up for ACWM's first Nuit Blanche/White Night event with over 150 coming in to tour the museum. The event included a special display of artwork by local artist Kim Villanti and the sweet sounds of The Convertibles, a local jazz band. Thanks to Parkside Cafe for passing out free coffee to guests of the evening.
June 2013- The Museum is Yarn Bombed!
A wonderful group of local residents came by in June to knit and crochet in our Colonial garden in celebration of World Outdoor Knitting Day. As an added bonus, participants decorated the museum grounds with knit flags, flowers, swags, and clocks! A sight to see for sure!
The American Clock & Watch Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013 in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after completing a military move. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members.The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
May 24, 2013- Bristol Shows Its Colors
ACWM and Bristol’s museums are partnering with local neighborhood organizations and veterans’ groups to help kick off a new event, “BRISTOL SHOWS ITS COLORS” from Memorial Day through the Fourth of July. This patriotic event is a city-wide call to residents to salute its veterans from the past and present by decorating their buildings red, white and blue. Participating organizations include the American Clock and Watch Museum, Bristol Historical Society, Carousel Museum of New England, Imagine Nation Children’s Museum, Indian Rock and Barnes Nature Centers, Federal Hill Association, Forestville Village Association and West End Associations, as well as, Lake Compounce Amusement Park, Bristol Veterans Council, and Army Strong Community Center. Bristol residents, neighborhoods, businesses, churches and organizations are being asked to demonstrate their appreciation and commitment to our veterans past and present by decorating their homes or buildings with the colors of the American Flag. Flags, bunting, wreaths, ribbons, flowers, lights or any other personalized displays using red, white and blue can be utilized to demonstrate your personal and the city’s commitment to those who have served so nobly. ACWM is accepting small donations ($5-25) from its members to help defray the cost of hanging bunting on the 1801 Miles Lewis House. If you're interested call 860-583-6070, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail a check to: ACWM, 100 Maple Street, Bristol, CT 06010.
May 2013- We love Russian tourists from Manhattan!
Thank you to our good friends Alfred and Lydia at LYDSI Travel in New York for bringing a lovely group of Russian-speaking tourists to visit our museum last week. Your enthusiasm for history and travel is infectious and we're very appreciative of your support for our mission.
May 2013- Clock Identification Day---- SUCCESS!
We had a great turnout for our most recent clock identification day. Visitors received expert advice on the care and history of their personal clocks. It's always fun to watch our experts in action as they look for clues to deduce the history and age of an antique clock. We hope to see you all at the next one.
May 2013- United Way's Day of Caring
Thank you so much to the group of volunteers who came to us from Walmart to volunteer on various projects. The volunteers helped clean the fence in our Colonial garden, weed around the grounds, paint the museum's bulkhead, and make coasters with pictures of clocks and watches in our collection to sell in the gift shop. This is such an invaluable service to nonprofits like ours. Thank you so much, too, to the United Way of West Central Connecticut.
May 2013- Check out our article in the Bristol Press about our new exhibit, "Art Deco Timepieces: Treasures of the Jazz Age." http://www.bristolpress.com/articles/2013/05/02/entertainment/doc5181d2c45bcc6059187701.txt
April 2013- Thank you Minuteman Press
ACWM would like to thank Minuteman Press of Bristol, CT, for offering to sponsor the printing of our quarterly newsletter, The Times.
April 2013- ACWM receives a CT Humanities Council grant
We’re happy to report that ACWM received a Capacity Building Grant from the CT Humanities Council to hire museum consultant Laura Roberts of Boston, MA, to host a board/staff retreat on June 15, 2013. Participants will assess the organization’s assets and values as a context for decision-making and discuss the key issues facing AC&WM. With a consensus on its strategic direction and initial ideas about its goals for the future, staff and board will work together towards a sustainable future.
March 2013- Timepiece Journal is Back!
Thanks to the dedication and support of ACWM members Snowden Taylor and Mary Jane Dapkus, the Timepiece Journal is back in action. The Timepiece Journal is an online publication for the study of horology and a benefit of membership to ACWM. Become a member to get your very own copy. Interested in submitting an article? Contact us.
February 2013- Bristol Home Show
We had a great time Feb. 23 and 24th at the Bristol Home Show, which drew a crowd of over 5,000 people. It was so nice to see all of our friends and meet more.
February 2013- Education News
Staff collaborated with Bristol Historical Society and the NE Carousel Museum to host an intensive Bristol history lesson for students from the school system’s gifted program. Students are now building a web resource that will be made available to 3rd grade teachers and students studying Bristol history. Another phase of this partnership currently involves the creation of a Bristol History DVD for grade schools to utilize in the classroom.
February 2013- Administrative News
Staff completed transferring all donor and membership records into the museum management system, PastPerfect. A new website launched at clockandwatchmuseum.org thanks to Sparked.com’s community of micro-volunteers who reviewed the old site and made recommendations for improvement.
January 2013- Curatorial News
ACWM welcomes three new positions in its Curatorial Department:
Research- Howard Cohen, PhD
Curator of Watches– Bruce Haynes
Curator of Clocks– Tom Manning
Curatorial staff are transferring all artifact donors, loans, and artifact catalog records into the new museum management system, PastPerfect. This process is scheduled for completion sometime in early April. Future goals include providing researchers with greater access to the collections by digitizing the collection, installing a research kiosk in the Barnes Wing for researchers, and posting the collection online.
Thanks to a recently awarded grant from the CT Trust for Historic Preservation, ACWM has hired two consultants, architectural firm Gilley Design Associates and mechanical engineering firm Acorn Engineering, to create a custom capital needs assessment for each of the museum’s three buildings. The consultants will assist the museum with prioritizing building needs in the form of cyclical maintenance and long-term preservation plans and will offer expert advice on potential future uses of its property.