Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Ward Francillon Time Symposium--Ohio Horology, October 20-22, 2011

The Ward Francillon Time Symposium will be held October 20-22, 2011 at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott, Hebron, Kentucky. The Symposium will focus on the activities of the clock and watch industries in Ohio.  The Symposium opens on Thursday evening, October 20, with the James Arthur Lecture by Philip Morris, titled: "Tracing the Origins of Ohio Wooden Clockmaking".

Philip began a serious study of wooden movement tall clocks about 8-9 years ago. With the encouragement of a friend he began research which ultimately culminated with the recent publication of his book, "American Wooden Movement Tall Clocks: 1712-1835". This volume documents the work of over 625 clockmakers, cabinetmakers, dial painters, suppliers and peddlers working in the wooden clock industry and was drawn from the study of hundreds of wooden clocks, account books, diaries, genealogical records, family histories, town histories, probate records and period newspapers.

Philip is a leading authority on wooden tall clocks and has lectured widely on this subject.

Friday, and Saturday's lectures will feature various topics related to Ohio clocks and watches.  Speakers featured for the symposium include: 

Tom Spittler:
After a brief history of early Ohio concentrating on its explosive settlement in the very early 19th century, the program discusses the early Ohio brass movement grandfather clocks and their makers.  The program will discuss the discovery of a here-to-now unknown Ohio maker and significant documentation about him and his clock making.  Just as rapid as the coming of the brass movement tall clocks to Ohio was their decline with the introduction of the wooden movement tall clock.

The wooden movement tall clock killed the brass movement clocks.  There were two major centers of wooden movement clocks in Ohio, one in the north east and one in the south west.  This program centers on the wooden movement clocks manufactured by Luman Watson and some of his associates who went on to manufacture clocks on their own. 

The two talks are related in that they will discuss the vast differences in the making of bespoke, hand made clocks and the manufacturing and peddling of the mass produced clocks.

Chris Klingemier:
An analysis of the Trumbull County clock industry based on the objects, not the documents.  Part material culture, part industrial archeology, the study seeks to enhance the understanding of the industry by analyzing clock dials for similarities and variations in construction, layout and decoration. 

Rebecca Rogers:
The Trumbull County Clock Industry and its Peddlers.  A look at the clock peddlers who traveled the countryside with clock movements to sell.

Lehr Dircks:
Columbus Watch Company history and special features.  Also the discovery of a new Ohio watch making company.

Randy Thatcher:
A look at the Herschede Hall Clock Co. of Cincinnati.  Randy knows a lot about Herschede.  In 1992 he bought the Herschede company's inventory and trademark.  He collects Herschede clock movements, and Revere clocks, and he has around 100 Herschede movements and Revere clocks.

Lee Horrisberger:
"Spending Time with Dueber-Hampden."  This session will include exploration of the historic Dueber-Hampden Watch Works, primarily the history of the watch works,  the early years in Canton, and the company's dispersion to Russia.   

Fortunat Mueller-Maerki:
The title of his talk is: "Exploring the World's Preeminent Concentration of High grade Horological Artifacts.  The 2011 Horological Study Tour of the AHS - USA Section in and around London."   AHS stands for Antiquarian Horological Society which is an international organization with a Section in the U.S.

Patti Moore:
Ohio was very important in the neon clock industry.  Neon Products Incorporated in Lima, Ohio, received huge orders for neon clocks from national companies wishing to advertise their products at the consumer level.  Electric Neon Clock Company out of Cleveland, Ohio, produced a large variety of neon clock styles.  Cincinnati, Ohio, was a hot bed of advertising clock manufacture including The Lackner Co., The Ohio Advertising Display Co., and many others.   

The Symposium will conclude with a banquet on Saturday evening.  Program details are available on line at nawcc.org

Hebron is located in northern Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Marriott Hotel  is 5 miles off I-75, on I-275, exit 4A.  Air service is available through the Greater Cincinnati International Airport.  A free shuttle service is available from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to local shopping and dining.  

Direction help from  the symposium organizers:  Watch out for traffic on I-75S and on the bridge going south.  Right now they have lane closures that may be backed up significantly at rush hour (4-6pm).  You may want to check Map Quest for an alternate route which requires getting on I-275W very far north of Cincinnati (north of Glendale, Ohio).  This is a very long detour (it goes all the way out to Indiana and then back into Ohio and then into Kentucky), so don't take this detour lightly.

For more information on the symposium please contact Patti Moore: bandpm@hotmail.com

Hope we see you in Kentucky!!

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