June 17-21, 2014, The Southwest Museum of Clocks and Watches was awarded a blue ribbon and a medal for its Thwaites & Reed Tower Clock Exhibit to the NAWCC (National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors) in a National Convention in Milwaukee, WI. The physical exhibit was not moved to Milwaukee, but the story of this great clock was told in a special exhibit. From beginning to end, the restoration was shown in photos and captions displayed in the Convention Hall for NAWCC members from around the world to view.
In the spring of 2009, the acquisition of the Thwaites & Reed tower clock movement was made possible by the generous donations of seventeen people across the central Texas area. These generous patrons are recognized with a special plaque displayed next to the restored clock.
• Morris Alexander
• Fred Bell
• Marcus Bush
• Scott Clark
• Ben Fulbright
• Gene Galbraith
• Ham Hamilton
• Bob Larson
• Mike McGregor
• Mark Moreau
• Ken Reindel
• Jim Robinson
• Robin Shirkey
• Ernie Smith
• Dianne Stevenson
• Leland Stevenson
• Dick Wieland*
Shown at left is the “Official Crest” of the Southwest Museum of Clocks and Watches. We designed the crest and set it in the gable of the clock tower. We had requested the use of the Thwaites & Reed Clock Company crest, but they declined to permit the use of their shield because it is protected by the British Copyright Laws. However, the clock tower dial is not prohibited from showing the company name as maker of the clock. We thank Thwaites & Reed for permission to use the company name, date, and city on our clock tower dial.
Gene Galbraith receives the John L. Nau III Award for Excellence in Museums
March 23, 2013, just in time for the Museum's 5 year anniversary celebration, the Southwest Museum of Clocks and Watches was awarded the John L. Nau, III Award of Excellence in Museums.
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Clock and Watchmaking Workshops and Classes
Read more about this prestigious award on the Texas Historical Commission website:
The art of Clock and watchmaking is becoming a very rare skill, only practiced by a handful of highly specialized experts around the world. One of the missions of the Southwest Museum of Clocks and Watches is to pass on this knowledge to those interested so that this fascinating and historically important art form may live on through new generations. Occasionally, the museum will hold educational workshops for those interested in learning about clock/watchmaking and restoration. Please contact Gene Galbraith at 512-658-3853 for more information on upcoming workshops at the museum or at other locations associated with the museum.