Virtual Lecture - The History of American Tall Case Clocks: Still Standing Tall in America
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Location: Zoom Virtual Lecture
Time: 7 pm (EST)
It’s about time! Join guest presenter Steve Sieraki, HA Volunteer Educator and Curatorial Researcher Tony Zecca, and Robin Matty, HA Curator of Collections for a full discussion and demonstration about tall case clocks!
This three-part program begins with a short presentation by HA Curator Robin Matty on the remarkable Faris-Shaw-Chisholm tall case clock held in Historic Annapolis’s collection. Created by three of Annapolis’s most well-known craftsman, this clock provides a glimpse into their detailed art.
Next, Steve Sieracki explores the history of the American tall case clock. Steve will discuss the evolution of the tall case clock from its humble beginnings in the 16th century, to its zenith in the 1920s, to its current state in 2021. Topics will include mechanical and stylistic changes through 400 years of history. Steve will also provide information on successful and unsuccessful variations in these clocks over time.
Following the lecture, watch a hands-on, live demonstration on the disassembly of a tall case clock for moving and setting up a tall case clock in its new home with HA Volunteer and Lecturer, Tony Zecca.
Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members and Volunteers
About Our Presenters:
Robin Matty has been the Curator of Collections at Historic Annapolis since 2018. She holds a BA in Anthropology concentrating Archaeology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Museum Studies from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Prior to joining HA, she worked for the Baltimore Museum of Industry and the National Park Service. Recently, Robin wrote a well-received article in Early American Life Magazine about our own William Paca House. As Curator, she has a thorough understanding of the collection and the stories the objects hold.
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