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Mission Statement

A source for those interested
in the history of timekeeping.

To provide a resource for
Students and Teachers.

To provide information for Teachers
with their lesson plans for classroom use.

To provide Students with information
to complete their homework assignments.

To give Homeschooling families
that are searching for information
a place to go to on the internet.

Below are a few selected comments. was featured by Kim Komando in her syndicated programs.

"If you are a calendar fanatic,
you can find a history of calendars at
Calendar a History."

About 400 radio stations carry her weekly show around the world. Her syndicated column is in about 100 newspapers, including USA Today.
Her weekly e-mail newsletter has about 350,000 subscribers.

Re: Clock a History

Thanks for your help! "Clock: A History" was tremendously useful for me when I was researching the history of timekeeping pieces for a museum studies class. I began with interpreting the modern wristwatch and worked my way backwards in time to discover how people in earlier eras kept track of time--something so simple that we almost take it for granted today. Thanks again-great site!

Adam Tabelski, SUNY Albany

Dear Ernie....

I went on your site today and I love it. It's one of the most informative websites about the calendar on the internet. I'm doing a project for school on the history of the calendar and I was able to find all of the information I need all in one place. Thanks for making a great website.


From: "Clif Lucido"
Subject: Thanks

Hello, I emailed you in early February and asked you a question about the terms CE and BCE. I was delighted that you wrote back with the information. My sister and I are both elementary teachers in different Minnesota school districts. We are going to the national conference for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Orlando this April. We are presenting a class on using time lines as tools for teaching math, as well as integrating a wide range of curricular areas. You can imagine that when you use time lines, lots of questions come up about how time is organized, etc. We would love to list your web site on our hand-out and tell what a wonderful reference you are. I thought you should know that someone in Florida will soon be singing your praises. How did you get interested in this subject?


I just found your website and think it is wonderful!

I am in the training department at Tiffany & Co. and am wondering if you would mind if I used some of your pictures in my internal training classes. I find your images very helpful in explaining the workings of clocks. This information would be given to Tiffany & Co. employees for training purposes only.
Please let me know what you think.

Best regards .... Meredith Walsh

Senior Product Education Trainer
Human Resources
TIFFANY & CO. 727 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10022

Subject: Congratulations
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 17:40:09 -0500

Your website, Calendar a History, has been selected as a featured site in Lightspan's StudyWeb® as one of the best educational resources on the Web by our researchers.

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The Clock: A History

This is a very informative website that gives a detailed timeline of the history of the clock from the hour glass to the atomic clock. The social impact of the clock is presented by showing that as the clock became more accurate it permeated every day life little by little until civilization depended on it. It also showed that as the clock became increasingly more accurate, the accuracy affected scientific measurements more than anything. The technical aspects of the article are glazed over but links are provided for more in depth discussion. Writing Program.

University of California, Santa Barbara
South Hall 1520
(Written by Bryan McIntyre) Engineering and Technology

Boot Camp Week 154: creating a calendar

"Calendar a History"

Featured on the Electronic Telegraph of London, England

Subject: Re: Thanks!...
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 14:49:13 -0500
From: "McUmber-House"
Calendar a History & Clock a History

I'm going to put a link up on our Math and History pages, as well as our Time Page at Sassafrass Grove HomeSchool.

Sarah A.(annie) McUmber-House HomeSchool at Sassafrass Grove

Dear Ernie @Calendar a History

Got to tell you that when I couldn't sleep last night, I emailed this site to 6 of my teacher friends including the teacher that teaches us teachers in the districts 'tech' class ... and he emailed me back this ... Now this is the way to use the internet and email. Thanks a bunch!

What a wonderful example of a "special interest" website that has become a resource for educators all over the world, Rose... Let's share it at the workshop tomorrow evening....

Bob Jost
Director of Technology Integration
School of Professional Studies
Fresno Pacific University
1717 S. Chestnut
Fresno, CA 93702

Subject: Calendar a History
From: "eyalram"

Hellow and Shalom
Your web-site was interesting and helpful.
I'm doing a research for my M.A. in Tel-Aviv university about the the history behind the numbers and names of the time we're using. I'll be happy to have more info about the babylonian 12-hr system and how it was spread around the world.

Thanks for your help
Eyal ram

Subject: calendar a history
From: "Raymond Rowland"

Thank you so very much for a terrific resource of information for my 10 year old daughter. The coverage, to use a modern phrase, was gob-smacking and we can't thank you enough. I say my daughter is 10 years old, but the information on your site would have been invaluable to me all those years ago when I was doing my Physics qualifications.

Wonderful, once again Thank You.
Ray Rowland

Today is only yesterdays tomorrow

Subject: Great Information!
From: Richard, Steve

This is a very interesting site relative to the particularities of timekeeping. I don't know how many times I said to myself "Huh! I wondered how that happened"...or..."....What that meant.", while reading the info on this site.
Thank you for a job well done!


Subject: Calendar a History
Name: Raymond Johnston
Wichita Falls, Texas

Comments: This information is excellent. Thanks for a job well done. It is very informative. I often wondered how certain names came about such as the months and the different kind of calendars such as the Julian and the Gregorian. Thanks again for the research and the sharing of the information.


From: Graham Clarke
Western Australia
Subject: Clock a History


I have just visited your site and am very impressed, I shall be adding it to my bookmarks, and be showing it to my children.



Subject: Thanks!
Name: The Woods
E-mail address:
City: Sanger
State: CA

Comments: For extra credit in sixth grade English, we were researching the topic of 'calendar', and we found your website. Thanks for all the information.

....The Woods

Subject: my $.02 worth
From: "Debi Bussell"

This is a great web site. Your answers are brief yet cover the subject thoroughly. We are a homeschooling family and we were searching for information on how our calendar came to be. You answered all our questions and threw in some bonus material as well.

Thanks for a great site. I am sending this to other homeschoolers who are researching our calendar.


Subject: can you help me?
From: Angela


I am a third grade teacher. I am in the process of teaching my children how to tell time. The children asked me what the abbreviations "a.m." and "p.m." are short for. I told them I wasn't sure, but I would try to find out. I am having a difficult time doing this. Can you help me?


This is the first of a new offering from
HomeWork Elephant.

Resources for projects.

"Clock a History"
This page deals with time, clocks and related info. Teachers - plenty of ideas for cross-curricular links. A brief history of time, -- candles, clocks, sand, sundials and what is used today. HomeWorkElephant is your first stop for internet resources to help complete your homework assignments. featured on the AT&T Newsletter

Did you know candles were once used as alarm clocks? This is how it worked: A nail was put in the wax and when the candle melted, the nail fell into a tin pan making a noise.

If you’ve got some time on your hands,
you can learn more about the history of time at this fascinating Website where you’ll also learn that 4 times a year sundials and clocks agree.


Here is a great website for all things time-related:
leap year, equinox, what day you were born on, days in world languages, birthstones, once in a Blue Moon, etc.

Cornell University -

Science Links at
A Brief History of the Western Calendar
Audience: All ages.

A very interesting and comprehensive site with something for everyone curious about measuring time; includes a brief history of the Western calendar and clock, how the days and months got their names, BC and AD Inventor Dionysius Exiguss and much more. Well organized for easy navigation.

All this site needs is lesson plans for classroom use.


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