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Virtual Lecture - The History of American Tall Case Clocks: Still Standing Tall in America

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Location: Zoom Virtual Lecture

Time: 7 pm (EST)

It’s about time! Join guest presenter Steve Sieraki, HA Volunteer Educator and Curatorial Researcher Tony Zecca, and Robin Matty, HA Curator of Collections for a full discussion and demonstration about tall case clocks!  Shaw-Clock-Case

This three-part program begins with a short presentation by HA Curator Robin Matty on the remarkable Faris-Shaw-Chisholm tall case clock held in Historic Annapolis’s collection. Created by three of Annapolis’s most well-known craftsman, this clock provides a glimpse into their detailed art. 

Next, Steve Sieracki explores the history of the American tall case clock. Steve will discuss the evolution of the tall case clock from its humble beginnings in the 16th century, to its zenith in the 1920s, to its current state in 2021. Topics will include mechanical and stylistic changes through 400 years of history. Steve will also provide information on successful and unsuccessful variations in these clocks over time. 

Following the lecture, watch a hands-on, live demonstration on the disassembly of a tall case clock for moving and setting up a tall case clock in its new home with HA Volunteer and Lecturer, Tony Zecca.  

Registration required.

Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members and Volunteers


This lecture will be offered virtually by Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. Upon registration, you will be sent the link for the video conference to join on the evening of the lecture. If you do not receive your confirmation email after you register, please check your Spam folder, or email Carolyn Currin at To learn more about Zoom and to download the app to your computer, visit the Zoom website.


About Our Presenters:

Stephen J. Sieracki is the owner of Stephen’s Clocks, a clock repair shop and retailer in Stevensville, MD. Steve has been repairing clocks since 2003. A former member of the NAWCC, he was secretary of Chapter 27 in New Castle County, DE for 6 years before moving to Maryland in 2014. Steve regularly services tall case clocks, mantle clocks, wall clocks, and cuckoo clocks. He makes his living as a training specialist for an environmental company located in Hanover, MD. 


VL-Tony-Zecca-PortraitTony Zecca retired after 35 years of public service with the Coast Guard. At Historic Annapolis, he works as a volunteer in collections, courtesy of Robin Matty, Curator of Collections, Historic Annapolis, and as an education volunteer. He is a member of the staff at George Washington’s Mount Vernon as a Historic Interpreter, with a focus on 18th century material culture and as a musician. Tony has been collecting period American furniture for over 25 years. Two of his pieces, a duet music stand and a violin case, are displayed in the Parlor at the William Paca House. In addition, the Rhode Island Furniture Archive at Yale University, has a photograph of an early William and Mary candle stand that is in his study.

Robin-with-Plate-Curators-Circle-TourRobin Matty has been the Curator of Collections at Historic Annapolis since 2018. She holds a BA in Anthropology concentrating Archaeology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Museum Studies from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Prior to joining HA, she worked for the Baltimore Museum of Industry and the National Park Service. Recently, Robin wrote a well-received article in Early American Life Magazine about our own William Paca House. As Curator, she has a thorough understanding of the collection and the stories the objects hold.


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