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History Heard: The Sweet Sounds of SI Fellowship Work

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 by in The OFI Blog |

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“I’d like to showcase one recording from the same group which we haven’t heard yet, since I want to stress the value of continuing efforts to bring the museum’s rich phonographic holdings to life in the future.” -Patrick Feaster, Lemelson Center Fellow


This week the National Museum of American History (NMAH) opened an exhibition focused on audio-based artifacts entitled “Alexander Graham Bell and the Origins of Recorded Sound.”   The exhibit displays some of the first sound recordings as created by Alexander Graham Bell.

It also includes artifacts categorized by SI fellow Patrick Feaster’s work during his Lemelson Center Fellowship.  Feaster categorized the museum’s experimental sound recordings in 2011 with the aim of identifying, categorizing, and contextualizing the audio artifacts, some of which had never been studied!

To read the full story and learn more about the project click here!