Help turn the first house to have a telephone into a museum.
Vincent Valentine is a man on a mission. He wants to make the first house to ever have a telephone into a telephone museum. Without help, it may not happen.
The house at 1 Arlington St. in Somerville, Mass., was once the home of Charles Williams Jr. Williams ran a company that made telegraph equipment and also housed Alexander Graham Bell's lab, where he developed the first telephone. The first telephone line to a home connected Bell's lab to Williams's home, about 2.5 miles away. The connection was made on April 4, 1877.
Valentine has set up a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization called The Telephone Museum. He wants to house his collection of telephone gear in the Williams house. The house is currently on the market for a mere $899,000. If he can raise the funds, Valentine can make the historic home into, not just a museum, but a workshop where kids can learn about electronics and even become engineers. I met Valentine at the house on December 16. See a video with Valentine from inside the house. You'll also find links to more information about Williams and Valentine.
With our help, Valentine can achieve his goal. Donate now at The Telephone Museum.