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New Jersey Historical Commission

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary

It Happened Here: New Jersey
Invention of the Telegraph

Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail sent the first telegram using Morse code, and the first in America, on January 11, 1838 in Morristown, New Jersey from the Speedwell Ironworks. It was the beginning of a revolution in communications, as soon there were lines linking all the major cities on the East Coast. By 1861, the telegraph connected the West Coast to the East Coast, bringing an end to the Pony Express.

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NJHC Virtual Town Hall

Join us on Friday, March 27, 2020, from 10 to 11 a.m. for a Virtual Town Hall with NJHC staff. We will provide updates on COVID-19 resources from around the field, the FY 2021 Project Grant program, and upcoming public meetings and programs. We will then open up the meeting to participants to share concerns, questions, and ideas. Join via GoToMeeting at or via conference call: +1 (224) 501-3412, access code: 179-704-141.

Notice of Public Meeting

The New Jersey Historical Commission will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Below please find the call in information:
CALL IN NUMBER: 866-590-5055
ACCESS CODE: 4066851


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