Historical Electronics Museum


April 11, 1999|By Karin Remesch

Mission: To educate visitors on the history of defense and commercial electronics of the past century through exhibition and interpretation of artifacts and documents related to electronics technology. Museum visitors can listen to an Edison cylinder player belt out tunes from the early 1900s; send a Morse message; watch the first automatic tracking and gunfire control radar, the SCR-270, rotate as it did on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, when it detected the enemy just before the attack on Pearl Harbor; and learn about advancements in electronics.

Latest accomplishment: The museum received an award of $5,000 from the Maryland Historical Trust to properly preserve and store artifacts, archival photographs and slides -- many representing significant aspects of Maryland history. It achieved a significant increase in annual attendance, from 6,500 in 1996 to more than 12,000 in 1998. And now on display is one of only two models still in existence of the lunar television camera used July 20, 1969, to transmit Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon.

On the horizon: Expansion of the museum this year will almost double current square footage of 11,000 feet to provide additional space for exhibits, meeting facilities, storage, a lab and conference room. Also planned is an improved gallery to provide visitors a better understanding of electronics.

About the museum: Membership: 200. Attendance: 12,000 annually. Operating budget: $405,000.

Where and when: 1745 W. Nursery Road in Linthicum, next to the BWI Marriott Hotel. Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Tours by appointment. Call 410-765-0230.

Allan L. Spencer, president of the board of directors: "Our goal is to provide a resource that meets the multiple needs of a wide audience, from the sophisticated engineer to the general visitor to young people. We feel pretty strongly that if we can excite even one young child about the magic of electronics so that he or she would become interested in pursuing an exciting career in science or electronics, then our volunteer efforts are well worth it."

Members of the board

Russell T. Bahner

David J. Beck

William O. Brackney

Louis Brown

Alfred A. Cooke Jr.

H. Warren Cooper

Robert L. Dwight

Jack Harris

Wallace J. Hoff

R. Noel Longuemare

John M. Martin

Robert L. McFarland

Stephen W. Oliner

James L. Redifer

Steven N. Stitzer

Harold M. Watson

Dennis M. Zembala

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