Historical Society shows off technologies of the past

NORWICH – The Chenango County Historical Society unveiled its latest featured exhibit earlier this month that commemorates Chenango County’s progression of electronics throughout the 20th century.

The exhibit, loaned by local retired electrician and Historical Society member Lane Anderson, features radios, televisions, telephones, and even some of the earliest model computers, among other assorted electronics that quickly became a way of life throughout the century. It’s a broad collection resulting from more than 45 years of working with and collecting electronic equipment, Anderson explained. Most of the display spans from the early 1900s to the mid 1950s, when electronics became a huge influence on young generations, he said.

Among his collection, Anderson also incorporated different hands-on educational displays demonstrating how electricity is generated and travels via wire to homes across the nation, and another display explaining how a landline telephone operates.

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