The 2018 symposium was a great success. More than a hundred attendees and speakers enjoyed the private buffet-dinner evening reception in the museum, the programs in Greenfield Village, the day of presentations in the museum's Anderson Theater, the special tours, and the final candle-light banquet in the Eagle Tavern. The NAWCC magazine published a full report by Mary Jane Dapkus. Presentations were professionally video-recorded and are available for viewing via online streaming. SPEAKERS: Robert C. Cheney - James Arthur Lecture - Executive Director and Curator, Willard House and Clock Museum, Grafton, MA.
Dr. Merritt Roe Smith, MIT Professor of the History of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Dr. Johannes Graf, Curator, German Clock Museum, Furtwangen, Black Forest, Germany
Dr. Jessie Swigger, Director, Public History Program, Western Carolina University, author of "History is Bunk: Assembling the Past at Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village."
George de Fossard, Clockmaker and creator of "The Solar Time Clock", Southwick, Wiltshire, UK
Judy Stopus, author of "The Stropus Guide to Auto Race Timing and Scoring", Ridgefield, CT
David Lucsko - Saturday Banquet Speaker - Department of History, Auburn University, Alabama, author of "Junkyards, Gearheads & Rust"
Ben Colman, Associate Curator of American Art, Detroit Institute of Arts
Dr. Tim Kelly, an Organizational Psychologist, and his wife Carrie. The couple and their two Ford Model Ts were the subject of an April 17, 2018 Wall Street Journal article entitled: “A spin in the most important car ever built.”
Andrew Dervan, NAWCC Star Fellow, Horological Writer, Benson Ford Research Center Volunteer
Donna Braden, Senior Curator, Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.
"As a young teenager, Henry Ford repaired his first watch, and he focused much of his boyhood mechanical curiosity and tinkering on clocks and watches. His interest in horology was life-long, and at one time the Henry Ford Museum had more than 7,000 timekeepers in its collections. This aspect of Henry Ford's life story is not well known or appreciated. Also largely ignored are the crucial links between 19th-century New England clock and watch manufacturing, and Henry Ford's pioneering advances in automotive mass-production using interchangeable parts, machine tools, and assembly-line methods. Without Eli Terry and the Waltham Watch Company, there could have been no Ford Motor Company. The "Cars, Clocks, and Watches" symposium explored these themes, and offered presentations on other horology - automobile connections such as car clocks and auto-race timing. The program took place inside the museum and in the adjacent Greenfield Village. Please contact Symposium Chairman Bob Frishman for more information." Symposium Chairman Bob Frishman