Spot a Clock: Armillary Sphere at Wisconsin Memorial Park

This month’s ‘Spot a Clock’ is the Armillary Sphere at Wisconsin Memorial Park, the cemetery located at 13235 West Capitol Drive in Brookfield. Wisconsin Memorial Park was founded in 1929.

Fountains, statues and other artistic features can be found throughout the grounds. The Garden of the Apostles was the first garden crypt area in the state. It was developed in 1956 and includes four original bronze statues, each of which is eight feet tall and weighs 2,000 pounds.

Sundials, symbolic of the timelessness of the heavens, are a common fixture in cemeteries. This Armillary Sphere is located in the northeastern portion of the grounds. Related to Equatorial Sundials, an Armillary Sphere is designed to represent the celestial sphere. Like all Armillary Spheres, this one displays the hours of the day along its equator, and casts a shadow with a gnomon oriented parallel with the Earth’s axis. It includes the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. More or-nate versions often include the plane of the ecliptic with zodiac symbols, and the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

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The Mart will be on November 19th, at the Knights of Columbus

I hope everyone enjoyed the new location, it is: Knights of Columbus, 1800 South 92nd Street, West Allis, WI 53214. Everything went well and I heard the coffee was good.

Thanks to Robert Olney for his talk at the September meeting. His talk was on World War II ships clocks. He discussed that most of the ships clocks for the US were made by two different manufactures, Chelsea and Seth Thomas. While the clocks are similar there are many variances between the manufactures. Robert brought along many examples for us to see. Thanks for enlightening us about these clocks.

Brad Smith is going to do a presentation at the November 19 meeting on the Rolling Ball Clock he built.

We need presentations for upcoming meetings. If you have any suggestions or would like to do a presentation please contact Harry Schulz.

We will be having a board meeting after the presentation to discuss future chapter ideas. Please pass along any ideas you may have to me or any officers or board members.

Thank you,
Craig White

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