Presented by James K. Zimmerman CMW

Established in 1877, Bowman Technical School held the first Pennsylvania license as a trade school and had a tremendous impact on the small town of Lancaster. The Bowman family’s school taught not only watchmaking but also clockmaking, jewelry repairs, and hand engraving. This presentation will explore the history of the Bowmans and their school that operated for 115 years and touched the lives of so many people.

James K. Zimmerman CMW is a graduate of Bowman Technical School in watchmaking, clockmaking, and jewelry repair. After graduating, he operated a watch repair service for 10 years. Jim is now the owner of Zimmerman Jewelers, which has been in business since 1972. He obtained his Certified Master Watchmaking degree through the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute (AWCI). Jim also served as president of former NAWCC Chapter 7, served on the board of AWCI, and is currently president of the Central Pennsylvania Watch & Clockmakers Guild.