Fw: Morse Day Reunion
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From: James Wades
Sent: Friday, April 01, 2005 9:26 PM
Subject: Morse Day Reunion
Telegraphers will gather to celebrate the birthday of Samuel Morse!
2 April 2005
On Saturday, April 30, 2005, Telegraphers from throughout the United States will gather on a nationwide telegraph network to celebrate the birthday of Samuel Morse. This annual event, which has taken place every year since 1950, provides an opportunity for former railroad and commercial telegraphers to gather, reminisce, and communicate once again using the American Morse Code.
This opportunity is made possible by a national telegraph hub installed at the Steam Railroad Institute at Owosso, Michigan. This hub makes it possible for museums and telegraph offices to be linked together via the public switched telephone network. The museum hub facility includes a fully equipped telegraph office containing a wide variety of apparatus, all of which is operational and demonstrated on a regular basis.
This year, telegraphers from throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana will gather at the museum from 11-AM until 2-PM to listen to the wire and exchange messages and greetings with Morse Telegraph Club Chapters and members throughout North America.
Morse telegraphy saw extensive commercial application in the United States and Canada until the mid 1980s, when the last railroad telegraph circuits were decommissioned in favor of more modern wireless and computer technology. Telegraph networks carried the bulk of our nation's business communications until the mid 20th Century, when telephone and satellite communications began displacing this basic and durable technology. Telegraphy was used for a wide variety of applications, including the dispatching of trains, commercial telegram and cable service, brokerage and stock-exchange work, and even "play-by-play" coverage of distant sporting events, which were recreated locally for broadcast using sound effects and simulations based on telegraphic dispatches! Even the telephone company relied extensively on telegraphy to coordinate the operation, repair, and maintenance of scarce long-distance telephone toll circuits.
For more information on the April 30 Morse Day Celebration, or for more information on the history of telegraphy, please contact:
Morse Telegraph Club
Directions to the Steam Railroad Institute are available at:
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