Clock museum hires new executive director

The Board of Directors of The American Clock & Watch Museum in Bristol announced that Patricia (Patti) Philippon will join the museum as its new executive director effective, Sept. 22.

Philippon joins the AC&WM from Hartford’s Mark Twain House & Museum where she has worked in a professional capacity since 2001. During her tenure with the Mark Twain House, Philippon held the roles of collections manager, interim executive director, and currently (since 2007) as its Beatrice Fox Auerbach, chief curator.

As a part of her responsibilities at the Mark Twain House, a press release from the clock museum reported, Philippon was responsible for the care, development, presentation, and interpretation of the museum’s 16,000 piece collection of 19th and early 20th century art, decorative arts, rare books, photographs, and archives. She oversaw the curatorial department, including staffing (paid and volunteer), and budget management. In addition, she was responsible for research and installation of furnishing and decorative art changes in the museum as well as the preservation and maintenance of the two historic buildings on the property.

Howard Cohen, president of the AC&WM Board of Directors said in the press release, “We are absolutely thrilled to have secured a museum professional of Patti’s caliber for our new executive director. The wealth of experience that Patti can bring to our museum with its historic ties to the city of Bristol and the overall horological community will be crucial as we chart our course for the future.”

“The hiring of Patti Philippon is the culmination of an intense search by the board’s Executive Director Search Committee, said John Smayda, board vice president and chairman of the Search Committee in the press release. The release also reported that Smayda continued on to say, “Patti has just the right mix of professional experience and local connectivity to lead the AC&WM in its efforts to diversify and grow.”

Philippon holds a master’s degree in art history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and earned her bachelor of arts degree in the humanities, magna cum laude, from Providence College. She has held positions with the Florence Griswold Museum of Old Lyme, Conn., as well as the Craftsman Farms Foundation of Parsippany, N.J. Philippon, along with her husband and children, resides in the Forestville section of Bristol.

In the press release from the museum, Philippon stated, “I look forward to joining the team at the AC&WM and continuing the long and wonderful tradition that founder Edward Ingraham and other stalwarts of the American clock industry sought to preserve more than 60 years ago. Together with the board we will explore and further develop the story of how American clock making was cradled in the city of Bristol and the contributions that it made to the growth of Connecticut, the United States, and the world as a whole.”