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History Comes Alive - Marconi Special Event April 23

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Date: April 7, 2011
Contact: Barbara Dougn, Education Specialist, 508-255-3421 ext. 16

Cape Cod National Seashore will host a special event on April 23 to celebrate one of its cultural resources, the Marconi Wireless Station Site in South Wellfleet. It was from this station that Marconi sent the first wireless-transatlantic message from the United States to Europe on January 18, 1903. The site was listed in 1975 on the National Register of Historic Places for its importance in the history of technology and its association with Marconi. Marconi is often referred to as the "Father of Radio." He won the 1909 Nobel Prize in physics for his contributions to wireless communications. Worldwide, radio, and wireless technology are now part of most people's daily lives. 

Activities will be held at two locations:

9:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Coast Guard Station, Coast Guard Beach, Eastham. Visit with the Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club, KM1CC and local amateur radio operators while they make radio contacts in International Morse Code and voice with people around the world. Activities for kids will be offered, including the use of signal flags and Morse code using sound and light.

10 AM to 2 PM, Marconi Station Site, off Route 6, South Wellfleet. A ranger and amateur radio operators will give a tour of the Marconi Station Site exhibits and demonstrate wireless technologies like two-way radios and global positioning systems (GPS). 

If you go:

The Coast Guard Station, Coast Guard Beach, Eastham is located at the end of Doane Road. Turn right at the traffic light at Route 6 and Nauset Road. Proceed until you reach the ocean, then turn right to cross the bridge leading to the Coast Guard Station. 

The Marconi Station Site is located in the Marconi Station Area, Wellfleet. Turn right at the Marconi Station Area traffic light on Route 6 in Wellfleet. Turn left and follow the road to where it ends at the Marconi Station Site.

For more information on Cape Cod National Seashore programs call 508-255-3421, or check the

park's website, www.nps.gov/caco.

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Did You Know?

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Coastal waters were the original highways of the Cape. Today’s common but puzzling terms “Lower Cape” and “Upper Cape” (referring to the northern and southern areas of Cape Cod) originated with sailors. Southwesterly winds meant ships heading north were sailing "down-wind" to the Lower Cape.