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11/19/2010

Ben Bryce to give a lecture entitled History of the Heliograph in Southeast Arizona

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[Click Image to Enlarge] Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus welcomes Gila Valley native Ben Bryce for an informative presentation on “The History of the Heliograph in Southeast Arizona,” at EAC’s Discovery Park Campus at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 4, 2010. Admission is free to the public.Pictured: US Signal Service Heliograph, 1898. [EAC – Submitted photo.]
 

By Stephanie Caffall

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus welcomes Gila Valley native Ben Bryce for an informative presentation entitled History of the Heliograph in Southeast Arizona at EAC’s Discovery Park Campus at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 4, 2010. Admission is free to the public.

“This will be a very interesting presentation with a lot of historical facts and stories about the key figures involved in this amazing, cutting-edge technology of the late 1800s,” says Discovery Park Campus director Paul Anger. “Mr. Bryce is well known in many circles with his extensive participation in Boy Scouts, amateur ham radio, Graham County Historical Society and Museum, and his experience with the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Geological Survey Department which have taken him to many remote regions of southeast Arizona.”

Bryce will use a Power Point presentation to display many of the historical facts and stories about key figures involved in this technology of the late 1800s. “It is important to realize the importance of the role that the Heliograph played in the development of southeastern Arizona. By the Summer of 1888 messages, called heliograms, were flashed from 51 station across southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona. As a test, a message of about 25 words was sent from the farthest eastern to the farthest western station, following a zig-zag course of about 20 different mountain-top stations and over four hundred miles. It was an amazing accomplishment for the time,” explains Bryce.

The lecture is suitable for all ages and families. There will be door prizes, tours, and space shuttle simulator rides, as well as star gazing from the Gov Aker observatory— all free of charge and minutes away from home. For more information, contact Anger, director of Discover Park Campus at (928) 428-6260.

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