Is there a treasure on your mantlepiece?

COLUMBIA, Pa. – Dig out, dust off, and bring in that old clock or watch you inherited from your great-grandma, learn something about its history, and find out what it might be worth. Timekeeping experts will be on hand to help discover the history – and value – of old clocks or watches on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors’ (NAWCC) Midwest Regional at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza in Merrillville, Ind.

During the morning, a large antique clock and watch show and sale will be held where antique timepieces can be purchased along with opportunities to discuss your needs with clock and watch parts and horological tool dealers. Time-conscious adults will enjoy the exhibits featuring bracket locks from the 17th to the 20th century. There will be programs on the history of Bracket clocks. Children’s programs include craft projects where time treasures can be created to take home. The children can even go on a scavenger hunt in the Mart room, with their parents, looking for different timepieces.

The event schedule for the day includes a drawing at 12:30 p.m. for an antique parlor clock.

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) is an organization whose members include hobbyists, students, educators, casual collectors, and professionals in related retail and manufacturing trades. Their one common bond is a fascination with the art and science of timekeeping where members share interests and establish friendships with other horology buffs from around town and around the world.

The Midwest Regional of the NAWCC includes Chapters #3, #47, #83, #125 and #171. Chapter members will  assist visitors in learning the history and approximate book value of timepieces brought to the show. Members of the NAWCC have “all the time in the world,” so while you’re there, go ahead and ask any questions you like and find out just what makes them tick.

Admission is $6; children 12 years and younger are admitted free. For more information, call 219-661-9709.

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors has approximately 23,000 members, representing 55 countries. NAWCC offers instruction and skills verification in watch and clock repair and restoration; the National Watch and Clock Museum, which houses a collection of more than 12,000 timekeeping artifacts; and a library and research center with more than 5,000 cataloged references.

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