PRESERVING CHATHAM’S WIRELESS RADIO HERITAGE - A Celebration Video
“Preserving Chatham’s Wireless Radio Heritage” was produced by Chatham resident Roslyn Coleman with assistance from Matt Barnes and his class at Monomoy Middle School. It is a series of vignettes from Chatham Marconi Maritime Center’s 2018 Summer Speaker Series capturing the special history surrounding the Marconi-RCA National Register District, first person recollections of the civic leaders who preserved both the Chatham Port and South Chatham maritime radio station sites, and reminiscences of Chatham Marconi’s founders. The video celebrates the 25th Anniversary on August 29, 2019 of the Chatham Historical Commission’s successful effort to place Chatham Port’s Marconi-RCA Wireless Receiving Station on the National Register of Historic Places.
Since acquiring the property in 1999, the Town of Chatham has preserved and creatively reused the 1914 buildings and grounds of the Chatham Port campus. Uses include a model affordable housing program, leased private residences, harbormaster facilities and woodland walking trails. In partnership with the town and its citizens, Chatham Marconi Maritime Center leased two buildings to establish a successful youth STEM education program in partnership with local schools, and the truly unique Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum. In recognition, the 2019 “Bringing History To Life” award was recently presented to the founders of the Center by the Chatham Historical Society.