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Technologies, Technologists & Networks:

A Symposium on the History of Communication Technologies
October 17, 2007
Smithsonian National Postal Museum



From 17 – 22 October 2007, the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) met in Washington, DC, and celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. As part of that celebration, the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum hosted a one-day symposium on the history of communication technologies on 17 October.

The term “communication technologies” is construed in the broadest sense to include all traditional electrical and electronic forms of communication, such as telegraphy, telephony, radio, and television, as well as postal systems, semaphores, print media, and telematics, which combines computer and communication technologies.

The event’s organizers are the National Postal Museum and the Mercurians, a SHOT Special Interest Group. The symposium will be free and open to the public.