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Hey kids, can you keep a secret?

(We'll show you how!)

Our popular Saturday Secret Codebreaking workshop for kids entering grades 4-9 is returning for another year. This hands-on activity will be held on eight Saturdays in July and August from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. The cost is a mere $25 which includes take-home materials for continuous fun and learning.

This activity was very popular last summer, and participation is limited to a small group, so please sign up early.

Click here for more information about this workshop.

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CMMC is again pleased to announce our Summer Science Courses for kids entering grades 3-9. We are offering many one-week courses on a variety of topics including astronomy, marine environment, robotics, physics, chemistry, navigation, and movie making. The courses will be held at the STEM Education Center on our CMMC campus.

We are excited about this opportunity to engage our children during the summer and we hope you'll be able to take advantage of it. Space is limited so be sure to sign up early.

Click here for course descriptions and registration information.

May We Interest You In Volunteering?

For 2016, CMMC is again adding several new museum exhibits, expanding our STEM Education programs, and strengthening our business operations. We are most in need of expertise in website upgrades & social media expansion, writing for a new newsletter and print articles, and researching and restoring vintage electronics for planned future exhibits.

Among our many other volunteer opportunities are event coordination, museum tour guides (no experience needed - we'll train you!), teacher assistance in our Summer Science program, and coordination of the Summer Speaker Series. If you have a skill and a few hours a week, we have a need. Have fun and make new friends at CMMC! To read more about volunteering at CMMC, click here.

Announcing the
Ed Fouhy Distinguished
Speaker Series

EFDSS Logo We are proud to announce the Ed Fouhy Distinguished Speaker Series,a program which will engage the community in exploring significant and thought-provoking topics.

As a communications professional Ed Fouhy brought the world and its stories to the American public. Ed Fouhy As a CMMC volunteer and museum docent, Ed wrote and produced two videos explaining the importance of wireless radio communications to the rescue of Titanic survivors and the outcome of the Battle of the Atlantic during WWII. Through a limited schedule of special presentations the Ed Fouhy Distinguished Speaker Series has been established to promote knowledge and understanding of history and world events, with a special focus on the science and development of communications technology and its profound effect on our lives.

On October 15, 2015 our inaugural distinguished speaker was Professor Thomas Perera, PhD. In a followup to his riveting presentation at our May 9 Annual Meeting, Dr. Perera presented "Clandestine Radio Operations In World War II". The Ed Fouhy Distinguished Speaker Series and Dr. Perera were introduced by Morton Dean, formerly of CBS and ABC News.

Look for the next program in the Ed Fouhy Distinguished Speaker Series coming in October 2016. Details will be announced this summer.

Your Invitation to Visit Us


Videos, activites, and interactive displays appeal to all ages including young students, Titanic buffs, Radio buffs and WWII vets. New and expanded exhibits are here!

We are located at 847 Orleans Rd (Route 28) in Chatham MA 02633.

Click here for our museum schedule & map

To Members and Friends:
We have been able to build CMMC with the ongoing support of our members and friends. Membership opportunities continue: Become a Member of CMMC and enjoy the benefit of admissions, plus special member events.
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This website opens the door to the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center (CMMC), where visitors of all ages can learn, interact and value the rich history of wireless communications on Cape Cod. You are invited to join us at CMMC for a better understanding of how communications science and technology have changed our lives. (See hours below.)

* * * Cape Cod Life "Best of 2016" Silver Winner! * * *

CMMC is featured in Cape Cod Life
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center's museum has been voted a Silver Winner in the "Lower Cape / Things To Do" category, by readers of Cape Cod Life, in the magazine's Best of 2016 edition. The museum placed among some of the best-known and well-established history and art museum attractions on the Cape & Islands. Thank you to our visitors for nominating us for this honor! It was unexpected, and came as a most pleasant surprise. If you have not yet visited our Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum, we look forward to welcoming you this summer.

Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum Summer Season Opens With Chatham History Weekend June 17-19

Admission is free for this event; donations to your favorite museum are encouraged!
Friday June 17, 10:30AM - 4:30PM
Saturday June 18, 10:30AM - 4:30PM
Sunday June 19, 1:00 - 4:00PM

Please see the Visit Us page or our Calendar of Events for dates and times of all museum openings and special events.

The public is always invited to walk the grounds of the Marconi-RCA National Register District and experience the outdoor Antenna Field Trail exhibit at any time.

* * * Our Shark Is In The Park ! * * *

Chatham Marconi Maritime Center has sponsored an entry in the Chatham Merchants Association’s 2016 Sharks In The Park competition.

Dorothy Bassett and CMMC's Shark In The Park
CMMC Operations Manager and Artist-in-Residence Dorothy Bassett created a shark featuring a painting of the original wireless receiving station and antenna array on one side, and the ARGOS satellite-based shark tracking scheme on the reverse. Volunteer Bob Schmedicke built the SPOT tag model on the shark’s dorsal fin.

Our shark is now one of forty entries commissioned by the Chatham Merchants Association, decorated by local artists and displayed on stands in Kate Gould Park near the Bandstand in downtown Chatham. On June 29, they will be moved up Main Street to the lawn of the Eldredge Public Library, where they will remain until being auctioned off at the end of the summer. Please stop by and take a look when you are in town.

* * * CMMC Annual Meeting Held On May 14 * * *

The Chatham Marconi Maritime Center held its Annual Meeting on Saturday May 14 at the Chatham Community Center.

J. Richard (Dick) Kraycir was elected as President to head a new slate of officers for the 2016-2017 operation year, and a significant Bylaws update was approved. Reports by Treasurer David Smith and Mr. Kraycir reflected a very successful operating year in 2015. The meeting was well attended and featured two special presentations.

Stephanie and Chuck Bartlett with Frank Messina
Outgoing President Chuck Bartlett gave a ten-year retrospective of his term in office, beginning in 2006 when CMMC had a bank balance of $11,000, income of less than $20,000 and faced a need to raise $300,000 to lease and renovate the 1914 Operations Building. He recounted how CMMC seemed close to the brink several times in subsequent years, before earning grants and attracting major donations that allowed it to become stable and to pursue its mission while planning for future growth. Chuck has put CMMC in excellent shape as he assumes the new role of Executive Director for Education.

On behalf of the Officers, Executive Director and the Board, Vice President Frank Messina presented a commendation to Chuck citing his successful leadership over the past decade.

David SpecialeWe were also pleased to have David A. Speciale, J.D., CITRMS as our featured speaker this year, presenting Wireless/Mobile is the New Playground for Thieves.

Wireless/mobile devices have become the new playground for cyber thieves. Cyber attacks and data breaches have become a daily threat to both individuals and businesses. The different types of cyber risks are seemingly limitless and it's all but impossible to predict exactly how and when you or your business may become a target for cyber criminals. Dave provided examples of the increased risks to mobile devices, and gave us tips on securing them.

Held Over... CMMC Tells Chatham's World War II Story

Chatham’s top-secret role in defeating Germany during World War II came alive in 2015 as we remembered the 70th anniversary of the war’s end.

Stalking the U-Boats: Chatham Radio 1942-1945 was the theme for special exhibits. The museum remembered The Navy’s "Station C” which located marauding German U-Boats and intercepted their Enigma-encrypted radio messages, which was a key to winning The Battle Of The Atlantic.

Continuing this year, an interactive display features both a real German Enigma-cypher machine and two electronic Enigma simulators, which allow visitors to encrypt and decipher their own messages. The Enigma featured prominently in last year’s Oscar-nominated The Imitation Game.

Other interactive exhibits, including learning Morse code and tracing a ship-to-shore telegram through all of its steps, fill the museum, which traces 100 years of wireless communications.

Chatham Navy Radio played a significant role in defeating the Germans during the World War II Battle of the Atlantic by intercepting Enigma-encrypted wireless messages between German headquarters and its ships at sea, passing the intercepts on to Washington, DC for decoding. In addition, as the control station for the east-coast direction-finding network, Station C directed the search for telltale radio signals that allowed enemy vessels to be located and tracked.

CMMC video introduction to The Imitation Game
This video is a production of the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center (c) 2015. Embedded Enigma video clip is used with permission of Tom Perera, PhD founder of the Enigma Museum.

CMMC WWII video features the Battle of the Atlantic.

To see more about the video's creator, Ed Fouhy, and its background, click here to view the article published in the Cape Cod Chronicle (c) 2011, used with permission.
The Marconi-RCA National Register District is a 13 acre site that complements the modest, finely crafted buildings, built in 1914, common in the early 20th century. Full exterior Historic Restoration of all 10 buildings on the site had been completed by the Town of Chatham in 2008. Interior renovations, including full ADA compliance, were completed by CMMC, in the Operating Building, ("Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum") in 2010 and the former Hotel Nautilus ("Education Center") in 2014, Recent exterior renovations by the Town of Chatham added ADA access and landscaping. Click on this link for a short history of the campus.

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