Museum “Connects” Visitors with Communication Exhibit

Posted July 16, 2014 at 1:15 pm     Category: Cape Fear Museum

WILMINGTON, N.C. – How have people communicated over distances over time? Cape Fear Museum’s collection includes thousands of artifacts related to both manual and digital methods of communication. View 32objects that represent the changes in how in southeastern North Carolina have kept in touch.

View a selection of these artifacts ranging from pens, typewriters and letters to telephones, radios and computers. See how communication technology has evolved over the last two centuries.

Among the communication artifacts on display are:

  • A manual typewriter used in the Wilmington district office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, about 1885
  • A telegram to Leopold Bluethenthal about his son’s status as missing in action, 1918
  • A PC convertible IBM laptop computer, 1986
  • A Western Electric rotary telephone, about 1950

Collection Selections: Communication closes December 2014.

Photo: Mrs. T.B. Wood talking on a telephone while sitting next to Clarence Wood, 1950
Gift of J.E.L. Wade

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, 814 Market St., is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday -Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; Labor Day through Memorial Day. General admission is $8 for adults; $7 for students, seniors and military rate with valid ID; $5 for children 3-17; and free for children 5 and under and museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information:


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