The speakers are Dr. Sara Schechner (the David P. Wheatland Curator of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments), and two of our well-known members, Richard Ketchen and John Losch (longtime horological conservators and restorers for Harvard). There will be a selected open-case look at the gallery's horological pieces including a Thomas Tompion tallcase regulator, a Shortt free-pendulum astronomical clock, as well as other remarkable timepieces. Diverse historical topics will be discussed such as Ben Franklin's direct role in purchasing a number of the clocks and instruments, and Harvard's decades long business of "selling time" in the 19th century.
This event will have a continental breakfast, coffee break, and lunch. As a plus, the Science Department has waived the classroom and gallery service fees, so that the chapter can pass this saving to you in the form of $10 reduction. That is, the last four chapter education symposiums cost $60 per person, and the cost this year is $50.
In addition to the meeting notice and registration form, the above link contains a detailed map and directions. For those of you who want to use the T to get to this event, the Redline Harvard Square T stop provides easy access to the Harvard campus with a 5-minute walk across Harvard Yard to the Science Center building at 1 Oxford Street. If you do take the T, you will save the chapter the charged fee for each campus parking space. Or just car share.
Room seating and gallery capacity are limited, so register early. Mark your calendar for this fine event at a premier location.
Les Tyrala, Secretary