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Old tech, new tech; Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center has new exhibit about historic technology

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Most of us have gotten used to adjusting to new technology in our lifetimes — and let’s face it, the newest gadgetry is a lot of fun to tinker with.

But the earlier innovations in communications and entertainment that led to today’s devices can be fascinating too, especially to those of us who never had the chance to experience them in the first place. Remember rotary-dial telephones?

“Everything Old Is New Again In Technology,” on display now through Aug. 31 at the Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center, 505 W. Richardson Ave., gives everyone the chance to explore older technology in a hands-on exhibit that allows visitors the chance to send and decode a Morse code telegraph message, make telephone switchboard connections and dial a real rotary telephone.

Visitors can experiment with adding and subtracting on an early calculator, typing a message on a real typewriter and look at 3D images in an early stereoscope. Also on display are several early records, a teletype machine and an early videodisc player.

“Everything Old Is New Again In Technology” is open during regular Museum hours: Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays 1 to 5 p.m. After-hours tours are available by appointment. Large groups are requested to call in advance. For more information, email ndunn@artesianm.gov or call 575-748-2390.

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