• The Point Reyes Beach as viewed from the Point Reyes Headlands

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

Event Details

  • Every Sunday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 06/07/2014 to 08/17/2014

    Ship-to-shore Morse operators at the Marshall RCA station in 1923. PRNS Museum Collection.
    Location: Bolinas Museum | Map Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Bolinas Museum Contact Email: info@bolinasmuseum.org Contact Phone Number: 415-868-0330

Marconi & RCA Centennial: Bolinas Museum Exhibitions

Four new exhibitions inspired by the history of wireless radio in West Marin will be displayed at the Bolinas Museum from June 7 through August 17. Join us for intimate and informative previews and a public reception with the artists and curators on June 7.

Time: 1 pm to 5 pm on Fridays; noon to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays; or by appointment.

  • Wireless Giant of the Pacific: 100 Years of Maritime Radio in West Marin
    Main Gallery. Curated by Carola DeRooy, Archivist, Point Reyes National Seashore.
    Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), inventor of wireless radio, constructed powerful Pacific coast stations in Bolinas and Marshall in 1914 to connect his round-the-world services across the Pacific. After WWI the Radio Corporation of America obtained the sites and commercial maritime radio services continued until 1997. Today the historic stations are part of Point Reyes National Seashore partnering with the Maritime Radio Historical Society to keep the legacy alive. This exhibition presents a 100-year look at the development of wireless radio technology still widely used today and highlights historic events that transpired at the Marshall, Point Reyes, and Bolinas stations.
  • Code Humpback: An Installation by Charles Lindsay
    Photography Gallery.
    New York artist and first Artist in Residence at Palo Alto's SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Charles Lindsay presents a multi-media installation commissioned by the Bolinas Museum in honor of the Marconi Centennial. Composed of sound, video, and sculptural elements Code Humpback explores encrypted languages and forms of communication inspired by Morse code transmissions originating from the Bolinas Marconi/RCA station and recent inter-species communications discoveries lead by SETI Institute scientist Laurance Doyle.
  • Swept/Up: New Work by Wayne Campbell
    Coastal Marin Artists Gallery.
    Bolinas sculptor Wayne Campbell will create new work inspired by, personal history and hand built hidden wireless radios developed by American prisoners of war in order to connect with the outside world.
  • The Influence of Marconi & RCA in Local Communities
    History Room. Curated by Elia Haworth.
    The Marconi station installation in 1914 and the arrival of RCA in 1919, and later expansion in 1939 had a profound impact on the communities of Coastal Marin. This exhibit will share personal stories of families and individuals whose lives were entwined with these companies.

Location: Bolinas Museum
Address: 48 Wharf Road; Bolinas, CA 94924
Phone: 415-868-0330

Radio has played a significant role in the history of West Marin since Marconi built the first wireless stations at Bolinas and Marshall in 1914. Discover the ways the West Marin community is planning to celebrate this history and the legacy that continues to make radio part of our lives, past and present on our A Centennial Celebration of Marconi & RCA Wireless Radio in West Marin, 1914-2014 page. Stay tuned to KWMR 90.5 in Point Reyes and 89.9 in Bolinas, or online at kwmr.org for more details about upcoming events, interviews, and programming celebrating 100 years of radio in West Marin. For more information about any of the events, contact Carola DeRooy at 415-464-5125 or by email.

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