About This Site
This site accompanies On Time, an exhibition held
at the National Museum of American History from 1999–2006.
On Time Web site text and images are copyright 1999–2007, National
Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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About the Book
On Time: How America Has Learned to Live by the Clock
by Carlene E. Stephens and The Smithsonian Institution
An illustrated history of the ways Americans have measured used, and
thought about time over the past 300 years.
Have you ever wondered who came up with time zones, or why we adjust
our clocks at daylight saving time? This entertainingly written,
generously illustrated book, drawn from a popular exhibit at the
Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, provides the
answers to these and dozens of other questions about time. On Time showcases unusual timepieces from the museum's collection such as
Helen Keller's pocket watch and the earliest bedside alarm clocks,
and brings to life some of the lesser-known characters and events
that have shaped the way we think about time today. With over 175
full-color illustrations with captions.
Note: this book is out of print - check your favorite bookseller for availability.