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Innovation in Communications

November 10, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Geneva History Museum
543 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456

A small wooden desk with a typewriter and telegraph machines on it and and banker's chair in front of it.

Telegrapher's desk at the Antique Wireless Museum.

The second program of the Fall Lecture Series on innovators and innovation will be  “Innovation in Communications,” by Bob Hobday of the Antique Wireless Association on Wednesday, November 10 at 7 p.m.

Communication technology is central to and defines modern society and economy. We are a world society and a world economy because of readily available, instantaneous communications. This was not always the case. Scientists, tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs with a passion to solve problems made modern communication possible. American electronic communications began in 1844 when Samuel Morse and his partner Alfred Vail built the first commercial telegraph line from Baltimore to Washington. In this program, Bob Hobday will discuss the major inventions that created the communication technologies we enjoy and count on today.

Bob Hobday is President and Chairman of the Board of the Antique Wireless Association in Bloomfield, New York. The AWA is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the technologies used to communicate and entertain, from the first telegraph to today’s wireless text messaging. The Antique Wireless Museum presents exhibits and artifacts from 200 years of  communication technology. It is located on Routes 5 & 20 in Bloomfield NY.

This lecture will be presented in person at the Geneva History Museum and simulcast virtually through Zoom. Masks will be required for all in-person attendees. Advance registration is required for virtual participation. To register, click here. The necessary login information will be sent to registrants via email 24 hours prior to the program. For any problems with registration or to register by phone, call the Historic Geneva office at 315-789-5151. Registrations must be complete before 12:00 noon, November 10, the day of the program.

This program is supported in part by the Samuel B. Williams fund for programs in the Humanities and is free and open to the public.

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