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Exhibits

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Our museum exhibits are organized along a timeline from .the 1800s through to the 1970-80s.. The aisles are identified by decade with a sign at each end Let one of our tour guides show you around or you can tour on your own. A printed tour guide is available at the front desk for your convenience

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Who’d have thought they’d put a radio in a refrigerator? Crosley did in the late 1930s, as museum director John Ellsworth points out to a visitor. Note the small freezer below the radio.

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Radios were actually fixed at this working repair bench from the 1940s that was donated to the museum by the repairman’s family.

 
 
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Kids love to touch and feel this studio television camera from the 1970s. Look at the size of the TV Broadcast camera - today’s are so much smaller!

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See how movies evolved from silent shadows into a powerful communications medium. Pick up an 8mm home movie camera; heavy, isn’t it?

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Remember some of your early computers?

Our computer display traces the earliest personal computers to the most powerful communications tool ever – the Internet.

 
 
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Visit the museum’s amateur radio station W1VCM and hear ham operators from all over the world communicating in voice and Morse code. Visiting hams with a valid copy of their license can even operate the station. We also have a fine exhibit going back to the days hams built their own radios.

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Step back to the Golden Age of radio in our re-created broadcast studio. You can almost hear the echoes of a soap opera!

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Kodak VP-1 Videoplayer

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Listen to our restored juke boxes and enjoy the popular tunes of yesteryear

New Exhibit

Kodak VP-1 Videoplayer donated by Joe Hallett, then at GTE Sylvania, Seneca Falls, NY, which worked with Kodak to develop critical film scanning components for correcting the speed difference between projected film and TV. The unit on display is one of five engineering prototypes used for testing purposes.

 

Collections

A Sampling of our Museum’s Collections

Visit the museum to see all of our treasures!

Children Enjoying the Museum

 Specialty Exhibits

Eppley Standard Cell

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Electrical instruments are calibrated using a very accurate standard cell that generates exactly one volt. The United States relied on obtaining standard cells from Germany until World War I, when Eppley Laboratories of Newport, Rhode Island, developed a cadmium sulfide cell that produced a very steady and accurate one volt. The quality and accuracy of this device released the U.S. from dependence on foreign sources for standard cells.

Eppley Laboratories prospered and developed many other products. When the company decided to close the standard cell division, Museum volunteer Paul Weigold convinced the lab to turn over their complete operation to the museum, including records containing important test information about each cell manufactured.

Anyone interested in receiving a copy of the test information for the cell they possess can contact museum director John Ellsworth at radioclctr@aol.com

Be sure to include your name, mailing address and – most important – the serial number of the cell. There is a $5.00 fee for a copy of the record.