Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures Highlights the
American Clock and Watch Museum in Bristol
Premieres Thursday, March 28 at 8 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV); encore broadcast on Sunday, March 31 at 10:55 p.m.
HARTFORD, Conn. (March 22, 2013) – Connecticut has an abundance of unique landmarks, nationally significant cultural resources and wonderful stories to tell. From historic landmarks and museums to parks and performing arts venues, the ConstitutionState is bursting with fascinating destinations and attractions.
Premiering on Thursday, March 28 at 8 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) with an encore broadcast on Sunday, March 31 at 10:55 p.m., this week’s edition of Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures features the American Clock and WatchMuseum in Bristol.
Home to a number of clock manufacturers throughout the 19th and 20th century, Connecticut was once called the clock capital of the US, with the town of Bristol at its epicenter. In an effort to recognize and preserve that history, the AmericanClock & WatchMuseum was founded in 1954. Located in the historic “Federal Hill” district of Bristol, the museum is housed in an 1801 Federal-style home with a sundial garden.
When the American Clock and WatchMuseum opened, there were 300 clocks on display. Today the collection has grown to over 5,500 clocks and watches, one of the largest displays of American clocks and watches in the world. There are a variety of styles showcased including old advertising clocks, punch clocks, blinking-eye clocks, and Hickory Dickory Dock clocks. However, the primary emphasis continues to be clocks manufactured in Connecticut. As visitors explore the museum’s eight galleries, clocks chime and strike upon the hour. The American Clock and WatchMuseum also provides a means for guests to research clocks and watches. They have a small research library, opportunities to meet with experts, and appointments with curators. The museum encourages the preservation of information, objects, and historic sites related to American horology.
Made possible by the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), the parent company of Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and WNPR, and the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures is a series of 50 five-minute vignettes that profiles a variety of the state’s most notable cultural resources. These vignettes are designed to deepen an awareness and appreciation for Connecticut cultural resources for state residents, while also promoting the state’s tourism economy.
The project strives to encourage Connecticut residents and visitors to look at the state more closely, in ways that go beyond the obvious star attractions – as important as those are. In addition to art museums, performing arts venues and historical museums, the series includes remarkable historic districts, nationally significant landmarks, historic parks, cemeteries and the Connecticut River.
Funding for the American Clock and WatchMuseum edition of Connecticut's Cultural Treasures is provided by CPTV, the State of Connecticut, Melinda and Paul Sullivan, People’s United Bank and the Barnes Group.
About the Department of Economic and Community Development
The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is the lead state agency responsible for strengthening Connecticut’s competitive position in the new economy. It does so by developing and implementing strategies to attract and retain businesses and jobs, preserving and promoting cultural and tourism assets, ensuring quality housing and revitalizing neighborhoods and communities.
About Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network
The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CBPN) includes CPTV and WNPR. CPTV, a media service of CPBN, is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. CPBN also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 260,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit cptv.org