Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Yesterday’s NY Times contained the following article: “Restored Edison Records Revive Giants of 19th-Century Germany”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/31/science/bismarcks-voice-among-restored-edison-recordings.html

A sampling of the article . . .

“Tucked away for decades in a cabinet in Thomas Edison’s laboratory, just behind the cot in which the great inventor napped, a trove of wax cylinder phonograph records has been brought back to life after more than a century of silence.

The cylinders, from 1889 and 1890, include the only known recording of the voice of the powerful chancellor Otto von Bismarck. Two preserve the voice of Helmuth von Moltke, a venerable German military strategist, reciting lines from Shakespeare and from Goethe’s “Faust” into a phonograph horn.”

The recordings are held at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park. Since I had not heard of this institution, I decided to learn more about it. Their website is not too fancy. However, there is biographical information about Thomas Edison and his family as well as his relationship to sound recordings. Additionally, there are sound recordings:

http://www.nps.gov/edis/photosmultimedia/the-recording-archives.htm

Is this site illustrative of cultural heritage? I guess that could be debated because the site is mostly about Thomas Edison and we often think of culture is terms of a group or some type of collective. The sound recordings are definitely cultural. However, there is minimal information about the individual sound recordings. This, of course, is a downside.

Advertisements