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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

Events are tentative - schedule to be updated as “Stay at Home” orders are modified.

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 has obtained permission from the Daytona Beach City Commission to purchase a Bronze Plaque and have it installed 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

DBCC Moves Ahead On Riverfront Master Plans – presentation on Armstrong plaque - - Nov. 21, 2019

Daytona deadlocks over Boardwalk plaque for long-dead political boss - Daytona Beach News-Journal - Nov. 26, 2019

Daytona mayor from 1930s finally gets his plaque - Daytona Beach News-Journal - Dec. 28, 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 sometime this summer.

A plaque to commemorate the chapter for its contribution has been placed on the seahorse exhibit.

The Bronze Plaque is on order and is now due to arrive sometime in May. The City of Daytona Beach will install it on the monument.

The chapter is working with the City of Daytona Beach to schedule a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will most likely occur in May or June.