The Telephone Museum: Inspiring Enthusiasm for Electrical Engineering.

We are raising money to renovate an Old Church and turn it into a museum where children of all ages can be introduced to electricity and engineering.
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The Telephone Museum, Inc.

a 501(c) (3) Public Charity

Donations are TAX Deductible.

The museum offers children and young adults an inspirational opportunity to discover electricity and engineering with old and new telephones. The museum fosters enthusiasm for engineering by leveraging America’s remarkable telephone history with educational programs that compare modern day telecommunications to vintage technology. The museum’s telephone collection is the focal point of this effort, and in conjunction with a modern laboratory, serves to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit which gave birth to the telephone and continues to drive today’s inventors and innovators.

When you were a kid, did you take stuff apart just to find out what was inside?

The insides of today's stuff is harder to see without specialized instruments, so we tear apart old analog phones to see the componentry that converts voice to electric current and back again. Then we compare this seemingly larger than life componentry of the 19TH century to today's semiconductor based versions. All things being equal, Ohm's Law is why smartphones work the same way as a candlestick phone. Furthermore, Ohm's Law is fundamental to all circuit design including smartphone RF and Logic circuit designs. So, in the spirit of taking stuff apart that is meaningful, we offer telephone workshops gratis to all.

DIY Handsets

Radiation detectors measure around 30 microvolts/meter (µV/m) in normal surroundings. Microwave ovens reach 800 µV/m. Wi-Fi routers use the same radiation technology. Loading a film on a tablet PC reaches 2,000 µV/m. Some of the world's best selling smartphones register over a thousand times above normal levels to 40,000 µV/m. So, because radiation damages kids twice as much as adults, we make our own handsets in the workshops for use on all cellphones and smartphones. 

 

We Found a Home

We need space to house the telephones and equipment and to establish a permanent space for the workshops. Up to now, our workshops have been "roadshows" where we go to schools and set up. But we have found an old church just outside of Boston as a great location to build such a dedicated space where we can also hold public lectures, education programs, film screenings, book signings, and other special events.

We Need Some Funds

If we can raise $350,000.00 we will be able to renovate, move in, and cover expenses for one year. This is an opportunity for you to help create an environment where young kids can get involved in electricity and engineering in a hands-on and meaningful way by taking stuff apart. Please consider helping us - thank you.

 

 

 

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    The Third of March

    If you donate $3 you will always remember that Alexander Graham Bell's birthday is on March 3RD and he would call you to thank you if he were here today. Donations are Tax Deductible.

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    Museum Bumper Sticker

    A bumper sticker with The Telephone Museum Logo - white on blue.

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    Baseball Cap

    Baseball cap with The Telephone Museum logo. Dark Blue with white lettering. Donations are Tax Deductible.

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    History of The Payphone Book

    Autographed by the author, 480 pages on history of payphone, booths & signs. Numerous charts; 112 pages of early payphones with over 14 name brands; 200 pages dealing with the 1912-1972 3-slotters. Characteristics, changes, patents, parts and accessories; 55 pages of booths with over 15 name brands and 92 pages with 800 signs.

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    Story of the Telephone Poster

    The Story of the Telephone Poster is printed using a leading edge stochastic screen process on heavy 100# Gloss Cover paper with a UV coating. The poster measures 16" (40.6cm) by 24" (61cm).

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    Thomas Watson Booklet

    Titled: The Birth and Babyhood of the Telephone, is an address by Thomas Watson delivered before the third annual convention of the Telephone pioneers of America at Chicago, October 17, 1913. This is an original booklet printed in the 1940s and is worn with markings. It is a bona fide antique and suitable for framing. It is 5"x7.5" and 45 pages. Donations are Tax Deductible.

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    Art Deco Telephones Poster

    This is a high resolution poster 24" x 36" of Art Deco Telephones from the 30s and 40s. It is a mosaic of pictures of various phones from different angles and views highlighting beautiful restoration work. This perk includes Bumper Sticker, T-Shirt, and Baseball Cap.Donations are Tax Deductible.

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    History of Communication Book

    Autographed by the authors, A History of Communication. Made possible by the telephone. Mia Maluchi and Donald Walton. Featuring the Walton Telephone Collection. Guides the reader through the early development of the phone by Alexander Graham Bell up through the present day land line phones.

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    Admission to Museum Event

    This perk includes admission to The Telephone Museum's Special Event in September/October. Donations are Tax Deductible.

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    Community Sponsor

    $1,000, Includes a 7" x 5" cast plate. This major contributor would be recognized with this plaque acknowledging their generous gift located on or near a museum display within The Telephone Museum, Inc.

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    Bronze Sponsor

    $5,000, Includes a 7" x 5" cast plate. This major contributor would be recognized with this plaque acknowledging their generous gift located on the "Donor Wall of Fame" at The Telephone Museum, Inc.

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    Silver Sponsor

    $10,000, Includes a 9 x 7" cast plate. This major contributor would be recognized with this plaque acknowledging their generous gift located on the "Donor Wall of Fame" within The Telephone Museum, Inc.

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    Gold Sponsor

    $25,000, Includes a 10" x 8" cast plate. This major contributor would be recognized with this plaque acknowledging their generous gift located on the "Donor Wall of Fame" within The Telephone Museum, Inc.

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    Platinum Sponsor

    $50,000, Includes a 9" x 12" cast plate. This major contributor would be recognized with this plaque acknowledging their generous gift located on the "Donor Wall of Fame" within The Telephone Museum, Inc.

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    Premium Sponsor

    $100,000, Includes a 15" x 12" cast plate. This major contributor would be recognized with this plaque acknowledging their generous gift located on the "Donor Wall of Fame" within The Telephone Museum, Inc.

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    Naming Rights

    $1,000,000, naming rights is for a ten year period. Includes a 20" x 18" cast plate. This major contributor would be recognized with this plaque acknowledging their generous gift located at the Entrance of The Telephone Museum, Inc. building within The Telephone Museum, Inc.

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