Columbia’s clock museum set presidential timepiece exhibit opening

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In honor of this presidential election year, and adorned with red, white, and blue swags, banners, and flags, the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, Pa., is presenting “Time in Office: An Exhibit of Presidential Timepieces” opening Friday, April 18. (Updated from an earlier post). Pictured here is George Washington’s pocket watch. Background posts: Upcoming events should attract York/Adams history buffs and Local man tells about goofy encounter with Gerald Ford

Columbia’s National Watch and Clock Museum is again looking to be timely.
Ahem, the Lancaster County, Pa., museum cast a net to find presidential watches and clocks to tie into the presidential election year in 2008.
The museum has obtained James Monroe’s pocket watch and clock and the timepiece that sat on Gerald Ford’s Oval Office desk… .


Julie Nixon Eisenhower’s wristwatch will be on display, a present from her father-in-law, Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Wonder if someone came forth with a James Buchanan timepiece? The pre-Civil War president’s home, Wheatland, is almost in the clock museum’s back yard.
The museum, tucked in the corner of Columbia across the bridges from York County in southcentral Pennsylvania – is another of this region’s unsung treasures. A sampling of others in that category, accessible by searching on the following key words:
— The Little Courthouse
— Prospect Hill Cemetery
— War Mothers Memorial
— Work War II USO at former York County Academy gymnasium
— York’s Salem Square soldiers monument
— York’s Cookes House
— York’s rowhouses
— Wrightsville’s monuments
— The Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge
— Memorial trees along highways Route 30 & Susquehanna Trail.
— The Inches
— Camp Stewartstown
— The Wrightsville Bridge supports
— New York Wire Co.’s factory whistle
— Mary Ann Furnace
— York’s Hartman Building
— Hanover’s Iron Mike and The Picket
— York’s Eberts Lane
— Helen Reeves Thackston Memorial Park
— WW II defense worker housing
— Shiloh’s former town square
— Loucks one-room school
— Red Lion’s Fairmount Park
— Carlisle Avenue Market House
— York’s Fairmount Neighborhood
— Ma & Pa Railroad, Muddy Creek Forks draw fans
— Delta’s slate clock and Mainline Museum
Spring Grove’s top-of-class museum
York’s Reservoir Hill
Forgotten York Valley Inn
Wallace-Cross Mill
Jefferson town square

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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2 Responses to Columbia’s clock museum set presidential timepiece exhibit opening

  1. Mary Jane Lynch says:

    What are the days and hours when the museum is open?????

  2. Jim McClure says:

    Mary Jane, the clock museum has all kinds of info on its Web site: http://www.nawcc.org/museum/museum.htm.
    Here’s what I found:
    December-March
    Tuesday–Saturday, 10-4
    April-Memorial Day
    Tuesday–Saturday, 10-5
    Sunday, 12-4
    Memorial Day – Labor Day
    Monday–Saturday, 10-5
    Sunday, 12-4
    Labor Day – November
    Tuesday–Saturday, 10-5
    Sunday, 12-4
    Jim

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