DONNA BRADEN - Senior Curator, and Curator of Public Life, Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Donna's curatorial area includes everything from vacations and world's fairs to civil rights and social activism to advertising and retail. Her work on numerous museum exhibitions, programs, Village buildings, and writings over more than three decades has led her down many different paths into the Museum's rich collections, which she refers to as "a bottomless pit of wonderfulness.” Author of “Whose History Is It? Planning Henry Ford Museum's Clockwork Exhibit”, Technology and Culture, Johns Hopkins University Press, Volume 39, Number 3, July 1998.
ROBERT C. CHENEY - Executive Director and Curator, Willard House and Clock Museum, Grafton, MA. A third-generation clockmaker, restorer, dealer, and consultant in antique clocks, Robert Cheney has provided services to over 35 museums including Old Sturbridge Village where he has served as consulting conservator of clocks since 1977. From 2006 to 2017, he was head of the clocks department at Skinner, Inc., a leading New England auction firm. Robert has lectured on the history of American clocks throughout the United States, Canada, and the UK. The author of numerous articles and book reviews, he co-authored, with Philip Zea, Clock Making in New England, 1725-1825, and he published a dramatic re-interpretation of Willard clocks in The Magazine Antiques, April 2000. He served on the board of directors at the American Clock and Watch Museum, Bristol, Connecticut, and on the board of trustees at the National Watch and Clock Museum, Columbia, Pennsylvania. For his many contributions to the field of horology, he recently was honored with an NAWCC Silver Star Fellow Award.
BEN COLMAN - Associate Curator of American Art, Detroit Institute of Arts. Colman, a native of Albany, New York, has a bachelor’s degree in art history from Yale University, where he later served as the Marcia Brady Tucker Curatorial Fellow in the Department of American Decorative Arts at the Yale University Art Gallery. He earned a master of arts degree through the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware. At the Florence Griswold Museum, Colman worked with a collection of American art and curated exhibitions of American furniture, folk art, modernism, Impressionist and marine painting, studio craft, and contemporary art. He is the author of numerous exhibition catalogues and articles on the history of American art and decorative arts.
GEORGE DE FOSSARD - After completing an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering and graduating with an honours degree from the University of Nottingham, George worked within the nuclear industry. He then retrained as a clockmaker, studying the conservation and restoration of antique clocks at West Dean College. George’s father, also a clockmaker, supported and encouraged his son’s early ventures into craftsmanship. George set up his own shop in Bath where he worked on some of the country’s most valuable and important early English clocks by makers such as Tompion, Fromanteel and Knibb. Drawing upon his extensive engineering background and horological experience, he also designs and manufactures the finest quality handmade clock movements. George is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and a Fellow of the British Horological Institute.
ANDREW DERVAN - Andy Dervan began collecting antique clocks in 1997 with a principle interest is 19th and 20th century weight-driven clocks. He has published over 50 articles in the NAWCC Watch and Clock Bulletin and elsewhere, and has developed over 25 horological presentations for chapter, regional, and national meetings. He volunteers at the Henry Ford Museum. runs a clock appraisal business, and continues his horological research. He is an NAWCC Silver Star Fellow and received NAWCC’s James W. Gibbs Literary Award.
Johannes Graf - German Clock Museum, Furtwangen, Black Forest, Germany. Dr. Graf received an M.A. and Ph.D. at the Freie Universität, Berlin. He was Curator at the Stadtmuseum Schloss Wolfsburg [home of Volkswagen] and now Curator and deputy director at the Deutsches Uhrenmuseum, Furtwangen. He has authored and edited several books and articles on timekeeping including “The Black Forest Cuckoo Clock - A Success Story” in the 2006 NAWCC Bulletin No.365. A 2018 article is “Mit der Stoppuhr in der Hand. Die Geschichte der Zeitmessung im Sport” [history of sports-timing].
TIM KELLY - Organizational Psychologist. With his wife Carrie Kelly, an Associate Professor of Nursing, they 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.”
DAVE LUCSKO - Department of History, Auburn University, Alabama. Before joining the Auburn faculty in 2010, David Lucsko was managing editor of Technology and Culture and taught history of technology at the University of Detroit Mercy. He received his BS from Georgia Tech in 1998 and his PhD from M.I.T. in 2005. Dr. Lucsko's research focuses on the history of the automobile. His first book was The Business of Speed: The Hot Rod Industry in America, 1915-1990 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008). His second book, Junkyards, Gearheads, and Rust: Salvaging the Automotive Past (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), analyzes the relationship between automobile enthusiasts and salvage yards.
MERRITT ROE SMITH - Merritt Roe Smith is the Leverett and William Cutten Professor of the History of Technology. His primary research and teaching interest is American industrialization. He is the author or editor of seven books including Harpers Ferry Armory and the New Technology (Cornell UP, 1977) which received the Frederick Jackson Turner Award (Organization of American Historians), the Pfizer Award (History of Science Society), and nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in History. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Massachusetts Historical Society. He was awarded a Regents Fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Senior Fulbright Scholarship, and a Thomas Newcomen Fellowship at the Harvard Business School. Professor Smith is a past president of the Society for the History of Technology from which he received the Leonardo da Vinci Medal, the Society’s highest honor.
JUDY STROPUS - Described as a “racing personality” since her career in motorsports has covered a gamut of disciplines, Judy is best known as a professional timer/scorer. She worked with top teams such as Penske Racing in Can-Am, Trans-Am, and at the Indy 500, and with Chevrolet factory teams. She handled p.r. duties for Chevrolet, Bob Akin Racing, Brumos Racing, among others, and worked with TV networks such as CBS, TNN, ABC and ESPN. She has raced a Porsche 914, 924, Maserati Bi-Turbo, and Frazier-Nash, and in 1972 she competed in the notorious Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. She is the author of The Stropus Guide to Auto Racing Timing and Scoring and the editor of a number of racing books, including two annual editions of “Auto Racing USA.”
JESSIE SWIGGER - Director, Public History Program, Western Carolina University. Dr. Swigger earned her MA and PhD in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to presenting at numerous regional and national conferences, her work has appeared in The Encyclopedia of Culture Wars and The 1980s:A Critical and Transitional Decade. In 2013, she received the North Carolina Museums Council Award of Special Recognition. Her award winning book, “History is Bunk”: Assembling the Past at Henry Ford's Greenfield Village, was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2014.