ABOUT 42 MAPLE

Open to the public, 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center is a communal art studio space, an art gallery, and an events center housed in a historic church built in Bethlehem, NH in 1877. We fondly refer to it as “The Tallest Toy Box in Town”.

Home to multiple resident artists working in individual studio spaces, 42 Maple houses The Gallery @ 42 Maple, which hosts artist receptions on the First Friday of each month and curates a handful of open call, themed art shows throughout the year. 42 Maple is also home to Lost Dog Salon: Manupelli Student Gallery. Through partnerships with area art educators, 42 Maple gives young artists the opportunity to display their work and experience their first artist receptions alongside more seasoned artists.

42 Maple also invites many musicians, performers and poets to its stage for intimate gatherings, and hosts the annual Cabin Fever Concert Series from November to March. With a fully operational projection system and an in-house internet radio station, many performances become multimedia experiences and are streamed live on-air.

HISTORY

The history dates back to 1877 when the building was originally constructed as a Congregational Church. In 1940 the Independent Order of Odd Fellows purchased the building and used it until 1997, when it was converted to a karate dojo until 2012. The clock in the clock tower, one of the few in the state of New Hampshire that is still operated with weights and pendulum, it is an E. Howard Clock made sometime in the late 1800’s. It is a three face clock and had a weight winding electric motor added early last century by E. Howard clocks.

E. HOWARD CLOCK CO., BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS

THREE FACE TOWER CLOCK

42 Maple is home to a continuously working mechanical pendulum clock. This clock tower, one of the few in the state of New Hampshire that is still operated with weights and pendulum, is an E. Howard Clock made sometime in the late 1800′s. It is a three face clock and had a weight winding electric motor added early last century by E. Howard clocks.

The pendulum length dictates the rate at which the clock runs. A pendulum with a length of 39.1 inches has a 1 second period. To keep the pendulum swinging, a clutch rod gives the pendulum a kick on each swing. As oil thickens, dust collects, and friction changes, the power supplied to the pendulum can drop the swing angle from 4 degrees to 3 degrees resulting in an 11 second gain per day. Also, changes in temperature can change the length of the pendulum and the timing of the swing resulting in gains of time in the winter and a loss of time in the summer.

 

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