Salem in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Alexander Graham Bell
presented the first public demonstration
of long distance telephone conversations.
Following the demonstration the first
news dispatch sent by telephone originated
here and was received by the Boston Globe.
It was published the following day.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is February 12, 1877.
Location. 42° 31.346′ N, 70° 53.715′ W. Marker is in Salem, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is on Church Street east of Washington Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is mounted at eye level, directly on the front wall of the subject building, just to the right of the main entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 43 Church Street, Salem MA 01970, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First Meeting House Erected in Salem (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Town House (about 400 feet away); The Witch Gaol (about 600 feet away); Saint Peter's Episcopal ChurchPeabody Museum of Salem (about 700 feet away); Alexander Graham Bell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Essex County Armed Services Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Burying Point (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salem.
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1. In 1877 Alexander Graham Bell made the first long-distance phone call to The Boston Globe.
On February 12, 1877, Bell made the first long-distance phone call in history from the Lyceum in Salem to Watson at the Boston Globe in Boston. The phone Bell was using in his demonstration was what he called his 'Long Distance' telephone. It was a wooden box about ten inches-by-ten-by-eight with a hole in the front. The caller would speak and listen through the same hole. Bell leaned close to the box and spoke into the speaking device - loud enough for his Lyceum audience to hear. "Mr. Watson, can you hear me?" (Submitted on March 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Of Lectures and Lyceums: The Salem Lyceum Society.
Lyceums were the brainchild of Joshua Holbrook, who borrowed the concept from the Mechanics Institutes he had encountered in England. Holbrook started the first lyceum in Milbury, Mass., in 1828 and before long there were 100 similar societies sprinkled throughout New England. One of those lyceums was organized in Salem in January 1830. The expressed purpose of the Salem Lyceum Society was to provide "mutual education and rational entertainment" for both its membership and the general public through a biannual course of lectures, debates and dramatic readings. Ironically, the most significant event to take place in the Lyceum Hall - Alexander Graham Bell's first public demonstration of the telephone on February 12, 1877 - was sponsored not by the Salem Lyceum Society, but by the Essex Institute. (Submitted on March 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Sketch of Alexander Graham Bell lecturing at the Lyceum in Salem.
Alexander Graham Bell, inventor who patented the telephone in 1876, lecturing at Salem, Massachusetts (top), while friends in his study at Boston listen to his lecture via telephone, February 12, 1877. (Submitted on March 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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