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 Welcome to the NAWCC Chapter 154’s Web Page

The Daytona Beach, Chapter 154, of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc. (NAWCC) is dedicated to preserving the history, art and science of timekeeping (horology). NAWCC is a nonprofit scientific organization that serves as a unique educational, cultural, and social resource for its membership and the public at large. Our members include hobbyists, students, educators, casual collectors, clock makers, watch makers, jewelers, antique dealers, and professionals in related retail, art and manufacturing trades.

   NAWCC - Chapter 154 - Daytona Beach, Florida

Chapter Phone: (386) 439-2459
Chapter email



Upcoming Events

Nov. 23, 2019 - Lost History of Tomoka State Park: Behind-the Scenes at the Lost Causeway and Tomoka Mounds. Heard about the Lost Causeway but not sure what it is?  Want to find out about the recent archaeological discoveries at the Timucua Mounds?  Come hear all about the secrets of the earliest area settlers in our area from Phil Rand, Park Manager at Tomoka. Also get the details on the two new tours we have planned for the Lost Causeway and the Mounds early in 2020.

Anderson-Price Building, 42 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach, FL

Meet at 9:30 am.

* Lunch follows at: LuLu's Oceanside Grill

30 South Atlantic Avenue

Ormond Beach, Fl 32176


Dec. 14, 2019 - Holiday Party

RiverGrille on the Tomoka

950 US-1, Ormond Beach, FL 32174

https://rivergrille.net/

Meet at 12:00 noon

* The Chapter will pay for 2019 chapter members, all others are self-pay.

Note: There will be no gift exchange this year.


Jan. 25, 2020 - Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park: Where Legend Meets History. How did factual history of Ponce de Leon and complete mythology of a fountain of youth become so indelibly entangled that 500 years later we still can’t mention one without thinking of the other? In his newest book, Dr. Roger Smith dives into this historical quandary to address this and other treasures at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine. If you haven’t been in a while, you will want to hear this talk!

Anderson-Price Building, 42 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach, FL

Meet at 9:30 am.

* Lunch follows at: LuLu's Oceanside Grill

30 South Atlantic Avenue

Ormond Beach, Fl 32176


Feb. 29, 2020 - Race and Change Across Cultures and Generations: Florida Stories. Dr. Kitty Oliver discusses how far we’ve come and how progress can be made that inspires our youth, drawing on an archive of over 125 oral histories of blacks, whites, Hispanics, Asians and Caribbeans from a variety of heritages.

Anderson-Price Building, 42 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach, FL

Meet at 9:30 am.

* Lunch follows at: LuLu's Oceanside Grill

30 South Atlantic Avenue

Ormond Beach, Fl 32176


March 28, 2020 - Above & Beyond: JFK and the Florida U-2 Pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis. NY Times best selling author, Michael J. Tougias provides graphic proof the Soviets were installing nuclear missiles, sparking an international crisis that brought the U.S. and Soviet Union to the brink of war.One pilot was fatally shot down,an incident covered up and later revealed by U-2 pilot Jerry McIlmoyle of Venice, Florida.

Anderson-Price Building, 42 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach, FL

Meet at 9:30 am.

* Lunch follows at: LuLu's Oceanside Grill

30 South Atlantic Avenue

Ormond Beach, Fl 32176


April 25, 2020 - Privateers of the Americas. In  1817,  a  group  of  pirates  and  privateers  invaded  Amelia  Island,  then  a  Spanish  colony,  to  strike  a  blow  for the  Spanish  American Revolution. Dr.  David  Head, UCF, tells the stories of these revolutionary rogues, how they planned to free Florida from Spanish rule, and how the United States chased them away.

Anderson-Price Building, 42 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach, FL

Meet at 9:30 am.

* Lunch follows at: LuLu's Oceanside Grill

30 South Atlantic Avenue

Ormond Beach, Fl 32176


May 30, 2020 - Home Gardens and Mangrove Swamps: Florida Indian Paleoethnobotany. What, you ask, is Paleoethnobotany? It’s the  study  of  relationships  between  people  and  plants,  using  the  archaeological  record. Dr.  Lee Newsom, Professor of Anthropology at Flagler College, will share the fascinating discoveries she and other archaeologists have made by studying plant remains from ship wrecks, burial sites, and even ancient elephant dung.

Anderson-Price Building, 42 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach, FL

Meet at 9:30 am.

* Lunch follows at: LuLu's Oceanside Grill

30 South Atlantic Avenue

Ormond Beach, Fl 32176


June 27, 2020 - Florida’s Female Pioneers: Celebrating the Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. Dr. Peggy Macdonald, Historian and Author,returns to examine some of the women who have shaped Florida, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, of Uncle Tom’s Cabin fame, who kick-started Florida’s tourism industry with her 1873 book, Palmetto Leaves; and May Mann Jennings, a suffragist and conservationist who helped establish Royal Palm State Park, forming the nucleus of Everglades National Park.

Anderson-Price Building, 42 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach, FL

Meet at 9:30 am.

* Lunch follows at: LuLu's Oceanside Grill

30 South Atlantic Avenue

Ormond Beach, Fl 32176

The History and Preservation of Daytona Beach’s
Unique Coquina Clock Tower

Read the article researched and written by NAWCC Chapter 154’s President, Randy Jaye, documenting the history of this symbolic structure, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It includes the various efforts to service and maintain both the structure and its clockworks. It also documents the recently completed Rehabilitation Project (which the city of Daytona Beach not only contributed a significant amount of money, but did a stellar job managing the project to a successful, ahead of schedule, completion.)

History and Preservation of Daytona Beach's Unique Coquina Clock Tower - by Randy Jaye

 - Nov-Dec 2019 - Watch & Clock Bulletin

Current Public Project

The Chapter is Engaged in a Quest to get a Plaque Placed on the Edward H. Armstrong Monument

 in Oceanfront Park, Daytona Beach, FLA.


Edward H. Armstrong

(5 Time Mayor of Daytona Beach: 1928-1929, 1932-1938)


General History of Edward H. Armstrong


Mary McLeod Bethune’s letter to Edward H. Armstrong - Dec. 31, 1929


Daytona Reelects Edward Armstrong - Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Florida) - December 8, 1937, p. 8.


Daytona Beach Mayor Dies at Jacksonville – Palm Beach Post – Jan. 3, 1938


Mayors Edward and Irene Armstrong and the Battle of Daytona Beach - Halifax Herald - June 2000


The Mayor’s Henchmen and Henchwomen, Both White and Colored - Edward H. Armstrong and the Politics of Race in Daytona Beach, 1900-1940 - The Florida Historical Quarterly - Winter 2001


Daytona Beach's City Commission - The First Twenty Years - Halifax Herald - Summer 2002


Long-ago political boss’s Daytona home now a zombie house - Daytona Beach News-Journal - September 18, 2014


BLACK DAYTONA BEACH IN THE 1940s - Daytona Times - September 10, 2015


The Great City Hall Standoff was 80 years ago - Daytona Beach News-Journal - Dec. 6, 2016


The Boss of Daytona died 80 years ago - Daytona Beach News-Journal - Jan. 2, 2018


After 80 years, city may finish Boardwalk’s mystery monument - Daytona Beach News-Journal - June 16, 2018


Controversy brewing in Daytona Beach over proposed plaque honoring former mayor - WFTV Channel 9 - (includes news broadcast video) - Nov. 8, 2019.


Armstrong plaque reignites old-time politics - Daytona Beach News-Journal - Nov. 9, 2019

Support of the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, FL.



Chapter 154 has made a significant contribution towards the Marine Science Center’s new seahorse exhibit.


The Marine Science Center has invited members of our chapter on a “Back Stage” tour of the facility that will be scheduled in January 2020.


A plaque to commemorate the chapter for its contribution is being made and will be placed on the seahorse exhibit.