The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) is the largest horological organization in the world. It celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2018.
The Ward Francillon Time Symposium is the Association's premier educational program. This year's conference -- as the 2016 at the Winterthur Museum and the 2017 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston -- will be groundbreaking and world-class, and will be at another of the country's most important cultural institutions.
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 interchangable parts, machine tools, and assembly-line methods. Without Eli Terry and the Waltham Watch Company, there could have been no Ford Motor Company.
Over two and a half days, the "Cars, Clocks, and Watches" symposium will explore these themes, as well as offer presentations on other horology - automobile connections such as car clocks and auto-race timing. The program will take place inside the museum and in adjacent Greenfield Village, which can be explored online in advance of your visit.
For information about other Detroit area attractions, see Visit Detroit.
Click Schedule box at top for details
Parking is free for symposium attendees at the museum and village
Thursday, September 20 - Special tours (use link at top of page)
Thursday evening, September 20 - Private use of the entire museum for an opening reception and "strolling dinner".
Friday, September 21 - Day in Greenfield Village including morning presentations and picnic lunch in the Village Pavillion, then afternoon self-guided tours.
Saturday, September 22 - Presentations in the museum's Anderson Theater.
Saturday Evening, September 22 - Historic Candlelight Family-Style Meal in Greenfield Village's Eagle Tavern.
(click on blue letters or Speakers page above for details)
Dr. Johannes Graf, Curator, German Clock Museum, Furtwangen, Black Forest, Germany (click here for AH article about the museum)
author 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
David Lucsko - Saturday Banquet Speaker - Department of History,
Auburn University, Alabama, author of Junkyards, Gearheads & Rust
Dr. Tim Kelly, an Organizational Psychologist, and his wife Carrie Kelly, an
Associate Professor of Nursing. The couple and their two Ford Model Ts were
recently 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 and Lecturer, Benson
Donna Braden, Senior Curator, and Curator of Public Life, Henry Ford Museum
of American Innovation.
All programs take place at the museum, so there is no host hotel. There is a range of lodging options in the Dearborn area; click Lodging box at top of this page. Speakers and staff will be staying near the museum at The Henry.
Previous NAWCC Conferences Organized by Bob Frishman
2016 - Clocks at Winterthur
2017 - Horology in Art