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Time is Flying at The Yorktown Museum

If you're left wondering where all the time has gone, a trip to the Yorktown Museum might be in order.

In its bi-annual exhibit aptly titled “Time Passes” set to display through September, the Yorktown Museum has dozens of clocks on display. These aren’t your regular old clocks however. Each clock has been hollowed out and has a scene of some sort in place of where the time would usually go.

The clocks were given to the museum by Carole Pruzan. Pruzan finds the clocks, and then decorates the inside of them with a theme or setting of some sort. According to museum archivist Nancy Augustowski, it took about three weeks to get all of the display together, as it took time to match each clock with a different setting or display.

“I would go through our things and find something that would somehow go with the theme of the clock,” Augustowski said.

Each clock is matched in a glass display case with some other articles from the museum that help to explain the theme and time that the clock is displaying. Some of the clocks even describe a time in Yorktown history.

“It gives you an idea of how much things have changed,” Augustowski said. Several of the exhibits show cultural staples of their era- such as hats from different decades, or presidential photos.

Augustowski explained that the displays each display a certain time period, or something that happens in time.

“We tried to make something that was a mark of time,” she said. “We tried to get something that was culturally significant, as well as something about learning time for kids.”

There is a display that set to symbolize birthdays and anniversaries--true marks in time, as well as a case that shows different articles used to tell time. There is even a display meant to capture time—a collection of old cameras that would have documented the times of their existence.

For Augustowski, her favorite display was the “wash day” setting, which featured old cleaning equipment such as a vacuum and a washboard.

“People will come in and won’t know what it is,” Augustowski said, pointing to the washboard. “They think it’s a musical instrument or something.”

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