Surprises and the chance of solving “mysteries” are some of the advantages of working at the Archives.
When I get to work in the morning, I cannot help but think that maybe it will be the day when I will find somewhere a picture of the class of 1867, or I will discover a book with John Kennedy’s grades, when he attended Nobles Lower School, in 1925.
Realistically, most days do not bring such treasures, but when I do come across a “treasure,” it usually keeps my curiosity engaged for a long time. Quite a while ago, I was checking out a scrapbook. The original owner of the book is unknown and there are no dates to help along, but I would place it somewhere in the late ’70s. There were a few pictures particularly intriguing, showing men on the flat bed of a truck, unloading stones?! A caption said “Stones and clock from Volkmann School Building.”
The clock looks both beautiful and of large proportions, not an item for a mantelpiece, but for the side of a building. I have worked at Noble and Greenough since the late ’70s, so why have I never seen it?
Asking around brought a possible answer and another picture.
Mark Harrington, who has been here even longer than I, revealed that sometime in the ’80s, a student had come across the broken marble still showing the “Fortiter Fideliter” motto and had taken a photo for one of Mr. Swayze’s photo classes.
The question remains: what has happened to the clock?