This special small group study day experience offers an in-depth look at the technology and art of clocks with examples from the current CHS exhibit, Clocks: Objects of Art, Keepers of Time and the CHS collection. Participants are encouraged to share their own knowledge with expert presenters Tom Manning, Curator of Clocks, the American Clock & Watch Museum in Bristol, Connecticut, and Arthur Liverant, and Kevin Tulimieri, both of Nathan Liverant and Sons, LLC.
Free for Decorative Arts Council members.
$75 CHS members, $85 non-members. Lunch is included.
Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To register, please call Adult Programs Manager Jenny Steadman at (860) 236-5621 x289.
Clocks: Objects of Art, Keepers of Time highlights the findings of an assessment done of our clock collection by Chris Bailey, former curator at the American Clock & Watch Museum in Bristol. It was determined that CHS had some examples of significant or rare shelf clocks in our collection. For this display we decided to focus examples made by two important shelf clock manufacturers from Plymouth, CT, Eli Terry, who mechanized the production of wooden gears and introduced the use of interchangeable parts in to clock making and also invented the shelf clock and Seth Thomas, who was a prolific manufacturer and skillful marketer of shelf clocks. At times these men worked together, at other times their businesses were in direct competition with each other. Both men made a significant contribution to the industrial development of Connecticut and to Connecticut clock making.
If the Study Day inspires you to learn more, the American Clock & Watch Museum holds one of the largest displays of American clocks and watches in the world, and tells the story of how Connecticut was once the clock capital of the United States.