- Executive Summary
- Development Mission:
- Learning Center Mission:
- Theme of Learning Center:
- A Center with FOCUS and SYNERGY:
- Why an Interactive / Hands-on Center ?
- Why an "Information Age Learning Center?
- What is Special About Camp Evans?
- What does the Camp Evans Site Offer Today?
- Who Will the Target Audience be?
- What Areas of Science and Technology would the Learning Center Highlight?
- How will we Create the Information Age Learning Center?
- Who would help create the Information Age Learning Center?
- The Learning Center Formation Group will complete the development and funding plan.
- The Formation Group will benefit from the knowledge and experience of those who have created and currently operate learning centers.
- The Formation Group will benefit from the knowledge and experience of those who have created and currently operate learning centers.
- Visits to Operating Science Centers Provide Valuable Insight for the Information Age Learning Center Development.
- What are the guiding principles in developing the center?
- What is already done to make the creation of a Learning Center easier?
- 1) Select a location....
- 2) Build Buildings....
- 3) Create Security....
- 4) Create Parking....
- 5) Build Highway Access....
- Are there any costly issues beyond normal renovation costs?
- Where would the Initial funding come from?
- The task of creating this center is over 70% paid for.
- Leverage historic status to compete for state and federal funds
- County and State Government in partnership with industry.
- Where would continued operations funding come from?
- Member organizations, individual members, family visitors and school groups.
- How will Exhibits Be Obtained?
- Seek existing collects as foundation exhibits.
- How will additional exhibits be created?
- Seek donations of exhibits from industry and Fort Monmouth.
- Many will be developed in-house; some exhibits will be adapted from other centers.
- How will we mix history and current technology?
- What has been done to prepare for the preservation of Camp?
- Resources on hand for development of the Information Age Learning Center
- Bulletins of interest to new science centers.
- Article reprints from ASTC Newsletters
- Proposal Preparation Resources
The 1990 Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC), Public Law 101-510, requires the closing of the Evans Subpost of Fort Monmouth, located in Wall Township, New Jersey, and realignment of essential missions to other installations. The Local Redevelopment Agency (LRA) named the Marconi Park Complex Advisory Committee (MPCAC) was formed in January 1994 under the authority of the Wall Township Committee. On January 24, 1996 the Wall Township Committee adopted the Reuse Master Plan prepared by the MPCAC. This paper overviews the museum/learning center envisioned in the development of the Marconi Park Complex Reuse Plan. The Information Age Learning Center (Infoage), a not-for-profit corporation was established in 1998 with the express purpose of preserving Areas B and C of Camp Evans and creatively reusing the site as a Science-History center. In March of 2000 the New Jersey Historic Commission review board approved Areas B and C as a New Jersey Historic District.
Purpose and Need
This learning center will provide a focal point for the preservation and interpretation of New Jersey’s rich communications, computer and electronic history while acting as a specialized learning center for Monmouth County families and school children. This represents the best possible reuse, preservation, and educational leverage of these historic facilities established by the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America. This site, best known as a Marconi Wireless Station, has historical significance in WWI, then much greater significance as a Top Secret center for U.S. Army Signal Corps Radar, Electronic Warfare and communications development. During the Signal Corps’ tenure at Evans major contributions were made to the U.S. Space Program, satellite program, transistor industry, computer industry and America’s creation of the electronic battlefield. The tri-state area is well served with the best science centers and museums in the nation. This unique center will act as an extension of the content of these centers focusing on the specialized history, technologies, and basic science behind information age sciences and presenting these topics in depth. The center will also serve the many professional and volunteer service organizations focused on radio, electronics, communications and science education. The center will provide a platform to maximize their ability to serve the public and work together toward the common goal of science education and historic preservation.
This overview addresses the mission, audience and technology focus of the center. It also reviews the unique history and facilities at Camp Evans. In addition, how the existing facilities will allow major cost reductions in developing this center and why a hands-on interactive center is appropriate. An appendix lists resources used in preparation of this overview and historical works reviewed relating to Camp Evans. The development timetable, capital plan, funding plan, renovation plans, intellectual content outline, outreach programs, funding plan and equal access provisions will be addressed in other works.
Develop an Interactive / Hands-on learning center focused on the transmission, storage, & processing of Information.
The Camp Evans facility offers Monmouth County and the State of New Jersey the unique opportunity to develop an interactive / hands-on learning center focused on the transmission, storage, and processing of information. This center would benefit the County and State by creating full and part-time employment, adding another distinguishing historical, cultural, and educational asset and adding a rainy day tourism choice.
Learning Center Mission:
INSPIRE people to learn and appreciate information technology to improve their lives and employment opportunity.
One in every ten information technology jobs is unfilled in the United States. The Information Age Learning Center will assist county and state education by providing access to specialized programs focused on information technology. The materials, exhibits and programs at the center will create an atmosphere of inspiration to motivate all ages and especially students to pursue employment in the rewarding fields of information technology.
Theme of Learning Center:
“YOU CAN TOO”
By weaving the theme throughout the center the desired result is to demonstrate through example that real people contribute to improvements and advances in information technology at all levels. Those people who have contributed, celebrated or not, are no different than the students of today, so prepare yourself for the opportunity which lies ahead.
A Center with FOCUS and SYNERGY:
The center will house a number of non-profit organizations whose mission is information technology education. The center will also foster participation of for-profit corporations whose expertise is information technology. This concentration of currently dispersed organizations will develop a synergy resulting in benefits to all organizations few could avail themselves individually. The visitors to the center will benefit from the dynamic and evolving atmosphere created by this concentration of information technology experts and up-to-date exhibits.
The popularity of interactive / hands-on science and technology centers has exceeded all expectations world wide.
This is due partly to increased interest in science and technology, but mainly because science centers offer enjoyable learning and fun family leisure-time experiences. Many older existing museums are re-developing their image from dusty glass display cases to fun and educational interactive / hands-on centers. All persons, especially school age children, learn most effectively when multiple senses are involved and they have a level of control of their experience. According to the Association of Science and Technology Center (ASTC) more Americans visit science centers each year than all the major professional sports combined.
A Unique center, unbound by walls, with a personalized tour created by every visitor.
Using information presentation based upon the methods available in Internet technology combined with current collection presentation methods each visitor will find easy to use information stations near exhibits. This will allow each visitor to create a personalized tour simply by making choices among the available information. As many aspects and views of each area of interest will be made available so a wide-range and variable depth of information is available for choice. Learning tracks of varying levels will be available to suit the needs of the novice adult, primary student, high school student, college student and expert adult. Hands-on exhibits, workshops and presentations will be employed as appropriate to each area. This will keep visitors returning again and again at different times and ages to experience the information available. The amount of information available to a visitor will not be limited to the physical space of the display area, but will be limitless through uses of information stations and Internet like technology. To accommodate specialized visitor groups these same information stations will have group tour tracks available for the group to follow.
We are living in the "Information Age" today.
Our children and we need to see and understand what is behind the everyday devices that shape our lives. We use computers, telephones, video players, radios etc. and what makes them work is exciting. Especially exciting and educational when presented using interactive / hands-on exhibits. Everyday newspapers and magazines tell us about the exciting "Internet" and the changes it is bringing to social interaction and commerce. We can show our children the advantages of this technology. Behind the current technology of each area is the history of the individuals who innovated and advanced the technology.
Computers, Electronics, Electronic Warfare, Radio, Radar, Satellites, and Transistors.
Camp Evans is the site of the Belmar Station of the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America built in 1913-14. It was the largest and is the last intact station of the first world encircling wireless network. At the very dawn of the information age Guglielmo Marconi, the 1909 Nobel Prize winner for Physics had his American Corporation continue wireless radio development here. At the site in 1914 Edwin Armstrong and David Sarnoff perfected Armstrong's “regenerative circuit”, which revolutionized radio reception. During WWI the Navy operated the station under authority of the Radio Act of 1912. The trans-Atlantic Communications officer, A. Hoyt Taylor, dispatched some of the most important messages of WWI to and from Washington and the front in Europe. Later the U.S. Army Signal Corps did SCR-268/270 radar unit fabrication and development here. These units provided America’s first World War II radar defense until more advanced units were developed. Camp Evans engineers also played a mojor design roll in the replacement units, the SCR-584. Camp Evans served the US Army as the center of vacuum tube development and research. In 1946 Project Diana opened the "Space Age" by reflecting radar signals off the moon. In the 1950s satellite payloads for Vanguard I and II were developed. Also in the 1950’s Signal Corps scientists drove the silicon based transistor industry to commercial viability to meet military radio, radar and satellite power and miniaturization needs. Also, much development and testing was done on communication devices to support rapid and flexible all-weather warfare. From 1952 - 1999 Evans was the site of the US Army radiation dosimetry Laboratory. Devices and advances developed at the Evans Area have been employed by the US Armed Forces in every conflict from WWII current to the Persian Gulf War and recent Bosnia actions.
An excellent historic location with existing buildings in a secure environment and with major highway access. Plus room to grow.
Nearly all science and technology centers start with only a concept. At Camp Evans the Information Age Learning Center will start with a historic location in the center of the north Jersey Shore tourist area. The site is easily accessible from the north and south using Route 18 and accessible from the west via Highway 195 and Route 18. Visitors would not travel through local neighborhoods. There are two large parking lots for cars and buses. The site is fenced creating a secure and safe family environment. The the historic Marconi 45 room hotel and wireless support buildings and other US Army built masonry buildings are in good condition. Two of these buildings, used for SCR-268/270 fabrication, known as the "H" buildings are interconnected and suitable for conversion to exhibit, classroom, auditorium, and other Learning Center use. Finally, there is room for future expansion. Other learning centers have had to do costly relocation due to out-growing their original location.
Families with School Age Children and School Groups
A survey of science centers conducted by the Association of Science-Technology Center revealed that more than half of the attendance came from children. The Learning Center will be designed with age specific exploration tracks to guide families to exhibits appropriate to their children's ages. The information stations will easily and flexibly serve as personal guides for visitors. As a county and state specialized educational resource accommodations will be made for school groups. Besides the class specific information provided by the information stations, demonstrations, subject experts, and hands-on labs will be available to school groups. To be sure all county schools will be able to easily benefit from the resources at the center and to maximize the instruction time the Information Age Learning Center will have preparation and orientation materials for teachers and counselors available on its web site. Outreach programs will be available for home school families.
Organizations that have offered to relocate to or assist the Information Age Learning Center
A) Organizations expressing interest in relocating:
- National Broadcasters Hall of Fame
- New Jersey Science Teachers Association (NJSTA)
- New Jersey Science Education Leadership Association (NJSELA)
- Biology Teacher Association of New Jersey (BTNJ)
- New Jersey Earth Science Teachers Association (NJESTA)
- New Jersey Social Studies Teacher Association (NJSSTA)
- Congress of Elementary Science of New Jersey (CES-NJ)
- Marconi Chapter - Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA)
- Ocean Monmouth Amateur Radio Club (OMARC)
- Ft. Monmouth Integrated Community Outreach Network (ICON)
- The New Jersey Antique Radio Club
- New Jersey Historical Divers Association
- The Garden State Central Model Railroad Club
- AFCEA - Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Assoc.
- IEEE History Center
- Association of Old Crows
- Telephone Pioneers of America
- AT&T Employees via the approved community service program
- Wall Township Kiwanis and Lions Clubs
- National Science Center (NSC)
The Science and Technology of Information Transmission, Storage, and Processing.
- Basic Sciences and Technologies.
- Applied Sciences and Inventions.
- History - Inventors - Individual and Corporate.
- Camp Evans Local History.
This encompasses electronics, photonics, wave-theory, transmission theory, fiber-optics, radio, radar, lazers, semi-conductors, circuit technology, basically any science and mathematics fundamental to communication and storage of information.
On the applied research and product areas we can explore super computers, mainframe computers, personal computers, miniaturization of computers, CD technology, storage technology, telephones, telephone networks, cellular telephones, telegraph, radar, satellites, wireless radio, television, video, vacuum tubes, transistors, electronic warfare, etc. We can examine any product relating to the transmission, storage and processing of information. We will also invite corporations to exhibit specific products. We will also have an exhibit of possible future products and developments such as superconductivity
Early developments in the information age were made by individuals such as Marconi and Armstrong. Later developments were made by groups such as the RCA, IBM, Bell Laboratories among many others. These developments and specific landmark products will be exhibited.
The specific research and development done by the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America and the U.S. Army Signal Corps will be exhibited. A prime example is Project Diana’s opening of space exploration or the Signal Corps influence on the development of the transistor industry.
Who would help create the Information Age Learning Center?
Experience has shown the process of starting a science center involves the collaboration of a wide range of individuals and groups, all of whom contribute significantly to the creation of the new center. Teachers, scientists, community leaders and professional groups figure most prominently among the founders of existing centers. The directors of the center will guide a formation group to enable these various groups and community leaders to work in concert to develop the Information Age Learning Center. At this point the number of organizations and individuals interested in developing the center is impressive. Many organizations can meet their educational goals in a more cost-effective manner, make their materials available to a larger audience and do so for a longer period of time at this center. This can also be done at a location that does not impact their normal business activities. This delivery advantage will encourage organizations to support the development of this center to help them meet their educational goals.
The Learning Center Formation Group will complete the development and funding plan.
This plan addresses the development schedule of the initial intellectual content and its presentation. The renovation plans and schedule for each building will be prepared and submitted to the National Park Service for approval. An integral part of this work is the technical support of National Science Center (NSC). During April of 1998 a briefing was held with Lt. General William Hillman, creator of the NSC and his staff to review current plans. General Hilsman gave specific advice to improve those plans, suggestions to educate the public, and build financial support for the development of the center. During subsequent visits the NSC Fort Discovery additional guidance was obtained and 150 hands-on exhibit were seen in operation.
The Formation Group will benefit from the knowledge and experience of those who have created and currently operate learning centers.
In addition to the technical assistance of the NSC, the learning center can benefit from other organizations. As of 2000 there are more than 300 successful science learning centers in the United States. A quarter of the U.S. population visits a science center each year. The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and The American Association of Museums offer a wide range of services to developing science centers. They offer extensive materials on all aspects of creating and operating learning centers. They also endorse proven consultants, list professional learning center directors available for hire and act as clearing houses for traveling exhibits. In October 1998 ASTC Board of Directors approved INFOAGE as an associate member. The directors of centers are very willing to share their experience with developing centers. In preparing information for the Marconi Park Complex Advisory Committee the operating budgets of over one hundred science centers were reviewed, learning centers were visited, and many directors were contacted throughout the country. The information gathered from other centers gave valuable insight and showed us what a head-start the facilities at Camp Evans give.
Infoage volunteers have visited the following science centers and museums
to collect marketing materials, experience their hands-on exhibits and
1) Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ, USA
2) The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA, USA
3) The Exploritorium, San Francisco, CA, USA
4) TheTech – Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA, USA
5) Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, Connecticut., USA
6) COSI – Ohio’s Center of Science & Industry, Columbus, Ohio, USA
7) Das Deutches Museum, Munich, Germany
8) Fort Discovery, The National Science Center, Augusta, GA, USA
9) Intel Museum, Santa Clara, CA, USA
10) The Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, AZ, USA
11) Discovery Place, Charlotte, NC, USA
12) Museum of Science, Boston, MA, USA
13) Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL, USA
14) Steamtown, National Historic Site, Scranton, PA, USA
15) NewMetropolis science and technology center, Amsterdam, Netherlands
16) INTREPID Sea – Air – Space Museum, New York City, NY, USA
17) San Diego Children’s Museum, San Diego, CA, USA
18) The York Viking Museum, York, UK
19) The Imperial War Museum, London, UK
20) Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
The main guiding principle is to use what Evans has to offer and what other organizations and individuals will offer for free or reduced costs. Combining this with imagination, vision, planning and the partnership of sponsors in industry to develop a facility to support the mission of the Information Age Learning Center. A secondary principle is to present the information in an interesting, even fun way, with depth of content. It will allow people to explore what they find interesting and have lots of information for them to find of a technical and historical nature. Finally, it will enable individuals, including students, to contribute to the centers content. Students learn by doing. This facility is a place to do things, make things, and try things that could not be offered in a normal school building.
Most of the expensive steps in developing a learning center are done at Evans:
1) Select a location....
2) Build Buildings....
Done by the Marconi Wireless telegraphy Co. of America, they selected a beautiful location overlooking the Shark River. No funds need to be expended to purchase any real estate. The 18 acres property of Area C will be transferred to Wall Township by the Federal Government through the Department of the Army as Historic Surplus Property by the National Park Service.
3) Create Security....
Done by the Marconi Company, RCA and the U.S. Army Signal Corps. The buildings built by Marconi are all well built fireproof masonry structures. The two stories Marconi Hotel has 45 rooms, plus a dinning room, attic and basement. The Army later added a number of structures the center can use. Most are single story fireproof masonry. Two buildings are wooden structures. All, but one building, need no structural improvements for learning center use. Two will be occupied shortly after Evans is made available. For exhibition display area the ‘H’ buildings interiors will be easy to modify in a low cost manner to meet the learning center mission. No funds need to be expended to build buildings to start the center. Most buildings can be used with cosmetic improvements. Interior renovation is the only requirement for exhibition space.
4) Create Parking....
Done by the U.S. Army Signal Corps to protect it’s top secret radio / radar research laboratories located at Camp Evans. A twelve-foot, barbed wire fence surrounds the buildings. This fence can be modified to meet the learning center mission. It is more than needed, but it is there and is part of the character of the base. No funds need be expended to buy fence materials other than repairs and rework.
5) Build Highway Access....
Done by the U.S. Army Signal Corps for the thousands of Scientists, contractors and support personnel who worked at Evans in the 1940s to the 1970s. Two large parking lots are existent. If both lots are made available, No funds need be expended to create parking; repair will be needed after the Army completes remediation work.
Done by the State of New Jersey. In the 1970s route 18 was built on the west side of Camp Evans and an exit was built specifically for the thousands of Army personnel who worked at the base on a daily basis. No funds need to be expended to create highway access to the Information Age Learning Center.
During the environmental remediation and testing of Camp Evans facilities traces of mercury was found in sanitary sewer lines. The Army removed the sewer lines to eliminate the possibility of any remaining mercury reaching the Shark River ecosystem. Unexpectedly, the Army has not replaced the sewer system. The issues of sewer replacement is still is being protested at the congressional level by the Wall Township Committee.
The task of creating this center is over 70% paid for.
The above outlined steps have considerable monetary value. Land does not need to be purchased. The site does not need landscaping. No roads need construction. There is no need to build new buildings. In the process to preserve Camp Evans will will leverage of the investments of previous owners while preserving New Jersey’s electronic history. In addition, helping children to become motivated, learn science, and appreciate the people behind the inventions they enjoy every day.
Leverage historic status to compete for state and federal funds
Fort Monmouth individually listed the Project Diana site and the Marconi Station Hotel on the state historic register in 1975. Recommendations were made to seek National Register status. Wall Township and Infoage continued the cultural resources work with the preparation of an application to establish a Camp Evans historic district. The State of New Jersey approved the Camp Evans district in May of 2000. Camp Evans was also accepted into the "Save America's Treasures" program. This enables Wall Township to apply to the National Park Service to approve the no cost transfer of Camp Evans to Wall Township as historic surplus property under the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990. The national significance of Camp Evans and these distinctions position Wall Township and Infoage to effectively compete for state and federal preservation grants. This grants will help to stabilize the buildings and begin rehabilitation of the site for the compatible use as a science-history center. Once transfer is complete Infoage will be eligible to apply to the New Jersey Historical commission for special project, educational initiatives, exhibitions and public program grants.
County and State Government in partnership with industry.
Given the high technology focus of the Information Age Learning Center
corporations would be an excellent source of start-up capital.
The Association of Science and Technology Centers lists grants to science
centers from corporations such as AT&T, Bellcore, Lucent Technologies,
Microsoft, NYNEX, and others. These grants range from hundreds of
thousands to one million dollars. Private foundations, the
National Science Foundations, the National Endowment for the Humanities,
the Department of Education and the Department of Transportation have helped
many science centers also. Given the historic background of this
site and the historic connections between the Marconi Companies and the
US Army Signal Corps and it’s contractors the Learning Center will work
to leverage the ties between this site and industry.
The County and the State are best positioned to provide building and site renewal funding. This would benefit the State and Local County by the economic value of historic preservation to property values and tourism. County education would benefit from unique educational facility by the hands-on environment created and the platform for contribution to education. This would make available educational programs provided by Ft. Monmouth, industry, colleges and universities to a wider student audience on a scheduled basis. Currently only a limited audience is served for a limited time.
Member organizations, individual members, family visitors and school
Funds for operations are expected to follow the model most current ASTC science centers enjoy. One-third entrance fees and memberships, one-third private grants and funding events, and one-third government support. The unique approach that the Infoage science-historycenter has is its enabling of member organizations. These organizations will participate in cost sharing by reserving space for offices and support staff. They will also bring their successful programs and talented and dedicated members to help meet their educational goals at Camp Evans. Some organizations are planning custom exhibits to feature their technology theme. These groups, programs and exhibits will attract visitors to the center. Their entrance fees and contributions will help with the operational costs. Infoage has over 120 families as dues paying members prior to the centers opening. Membership is expected to grow considerably once Wall Township and Infoage has access to Camp Evans for events and fund raising activities. The entire program and all exhibits will be broken down to the task level where organizations can sponsor the creation of an exhibit or program and/or the operations of the exhibit or program over a period of 1, 3, or 5 years. This will allow organizations to easily sponsor a specific part of the center they identify with. The New Jersey Historical Commission also offers operational funding grants for historic preservation groups.
Seek existing collects as foundation exhibits.
To support as quick an opening as possible the center is seeking collections appropriate to its mission. Currently one extensive collection has been donated and negotiations are concluding for a second.
In keeping with our high technology and communications theme the Grabbe Computer Packaging Collection was donated to Camp Evans. This unique and extensive computer packaging collection spans from ENIAC (1946) to 1999. It contains 7,000 objects and 45,000 customer color slides. It was conservatively evaluated at $392,000. The IEEE History Center and Prismark Partners have provided technical assistance. IEEE members and IEEE student members of Penn State University, Harrisburg chapter will provide cataloging assistance. An overview of the collection can be seen at: http://www.infoage.org/grabbe.html
The National patent office, Washington, DC, donated 24 inventor exhibits to Camp Evans in 1998. A number of the inventors featured in the exhibits, for example Marconi and Edwin Armstrong, actually worked at Camp Evans.
The National Broadcasters Hall of Fame was located in Freehold, NJ. It is now in storage in the Los Angeles area. The owner of the museum and collection would like to return it to NJ, specifically for display at Camp Evans.
How will additional exhibits be created?
Seek donations of exhibits from industry and Fort Monmouth.
Another potential source of exhibits and educational items will be Ft. Monmouth and the high technology industry. The learning center can benefit from donations of prototypes and demonstration units from the Army and industry. Center volunteers and later paid staff can adapted the units into exhibitse.
Fort Monmouth has developed many educational technology exhibits. The Command and Control Systems Division of Fort Monmouth has created a dozen laser and nightvision exhibits for our center. Due to the delays these will be shipped to Fort Discovery until Camp Evans remediation is complete.
Corporations invest thousands of dollars in creating prototypes and technology displays for trade shows. Once ties are developed to industry, donated prototypes can be reworked, by center staff, into educational displays that show the start of a specific technology application.
Many will be developed in-house; some exhibits will be adapted from
In line with the mission of the Learning Center to educate in an interactive / hands-on approach, some exhibits will have to be conceived and build in-house. Staff members and science teachers will be a good source of creative ideas for exhibits. Supporting organizations have already offered expertise in developing interactive hands-on exhibits for the center. The NSC has 288 exhibits that have been offered to the learning center to copy. This is in addition to the plans for 200 exhibits from the Exploratorium of San Francisco. These will be constructed on-site, tested on a limited audience, and the best ones fully developed. One important aspect is new exhibits must be offered to keep the loyal audience returning. The professional organizations and non-profit groups housed at the center will be a constant source of new ideas, improvements, and a force to keep current the intellectual content of the Information Age Learning Center.
How will we mix history and current technology?
The information stations will allow persons to 'click' on links that interest them.
People of various ages relate to technology and history differently. Adults normally enjoy detailed displays with content, students want exhibits they can touch and control. The hands-on display will excite the kids; the technical content will enable adults to explore. Each person will select what interests them; them will find the mix of history and technology just right for them.
What has been done to prepare for
the preservation of Camp?
Infoage, with the support of its membership, member organizations and the support provided by Wall Township and the County of Monmouth is capable of raising the funds and securing grants required to accomplish the work outlined in the NPS Preservation and Architectural Plan. The organization also has the capability to develop the science-history center to provide a historically compatible revenue source into the future.
To date, Infoage volunteers have given time, made contributions and raised funds to accomplish the following;
1) Visited historic sites and over 20 science centers worldwide to gather information on science center development and operation.
2) Supplied funds to research the history of Camp Evans for preparation of a National Register of Historic Places application. The application was approved by the New Jersey SHPO on May 5, 2000 and is currently in process with the Army Federal Preservation Officer. Sources were located and made use of at: the Fort Monmouth Command Historian Collection, Sarnoff Center, AT&T Archives, Monmouth County Hall of Records, New York Public Library, Sanford University, Smithsonian Institution, Westinghouse Radar Museum, MIT, IEEE History Center and the Old Wall Historical Society Collection. Additional material has been located and has yet to be examined at the National Archives in Maryland and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. The National Archives has 50+ boxes of documentation from Camp Evans and the Smithsonian’s Radioanna Collection has materials relating to Marconi Period of Camp Evans. The creator of the Radioanna collection, George Clark, expanded the collection while he worked in 1918-19 for RCA at Camp Evans.
3) Achieved “Save America's Treasures” designation for Camp Evans and participated in the 1999 White House decoration event.
4) Conducted 15 oral history interviews of former Camp Evans personnel. Twelve on videotape and three on audiotape. Also gathered additional information from authors and researchers who published works relating to Camp Evans.
5) Pay legal fees to incorporate, successfully apply for 501 (C ) 3 designation and maintain two million dollar liability insurance coverage.
6) Began the development of an archive of resources relating to Camp Evans history and science center planning, development and operations. The history section includes over 100 volumes, 20 videos, 50 Marconi engineering drawings, 60 Signal Corps architectural drawings and over eight feet of files of articles and photographs. The science center development resources include 35 volumes, over 300 exhibit plans from other science centers and dozens of articles.
7) Provided expenses for four members to attend three separate fund raising and grant writing seminars hosted by the New Jersey Historical Commission and ASTC.
8) Created and continue to expand a web site (http://www.infoage.org or http://www.campevans.com) on Camp Evans history and the preservation effort. The site contains 14 MB of content and has become a resource to history of technology researchers in such topics as radar, satellite, WWII technology, the cold war, transistor development and the McCarthy era. A research page lists all books, magazine articles, newspaper stories and videos that reference the site from 1912 to 2001. The site has many of these references online, as well as the text of the Camp Evans NRHP application. The site is funded and maintained by member donations of time and funds.
9) Developed relationships with local press and local cable TV provider. The local press has run editorials supporting the preservation of the site and its reuse as a science-history center. The local press has published many articles on various Camp Evans historical topics based upon information provided by Infoage. The local cable TV provider featured our informational video and has broadcast it over a hundred times in the past year.
10) Visited other Marconi Wireless stations in New Jersey, Massachusetts and California to collect information to help in the preservation of the Marconi buildings at Camp Evans. Architectural details lost during Camp Evans renovations were found. Volunteers also salvaged five truckloads of roof tiles, doors, windows, sinks and molding from the other New Jersey Marconi station, build the same time, by the same construction company, with the same materials prior to its demolition in July of 2000.
11) Began development of historically appropriate collections for preservation, interpretation and display at Camp Evans. This includes a 1987 vintage mainframe computer donated by AT&T in 1998, the Grabbe Computer Packaging Collection ($372,000 appraised value) and the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame Museum and collection.
12) Spoke at many local organizations, service clubs, chambers of commerce, historical societies and PTAs to build membership, educate the public about the history of Camp Evans and its exciting future.
Resources on hand for development
of the Information Age Learning Center
Before the Blueprint: Science Center Buildings by Peter Anderson. Considers all the elements in planning a new, old, or recycled science center building, from exhibition space to washrooms.
A New Place for Learning Science: Starting and Running a Science Center by Sheila Grinell. Provides an overview of the major issues confronting founders of new institutions: Articulating the Mission, Understanding the Audience, Planning Exhibits and Programs, and Setting up the Business.
Science Center Planning Guide by Victor Danilov. Addresses major considerations involved in starting a science center; includes a bibliography and comparative statistics on small, medium, and large science centers.
Vision to Reality: Critical Dimensions in Science Center Development by Mark St.John and Sheila Grinell. The results of an extensive survey of science centers and museums and in-depth, on-site interviews, this three-part report identifies dimensions that may be fundamental to the survival of new and developing science centers.
Volunteer Program Management Guide by Ted Cox. Explains how to set up a volunteer program, provides sample applications application and evaluation forms, and offers tips on working with special volunteer groups.
Organizing Your Museum: The Essentials by Susan K. Nichols, Compiler and Editor. A realistic overview of the duties and responsibilities of organizing and operating a center by the American Association of Museums.
Science Center Know-How by Pacific Science Center, Published by ASTC. A discussion about the philosophy of interactive science centers and the experiences of the Pacific Science Center staff.
Exploratorium Cookbook - A Construction Manual for Exploratorium Exhibits, Vol. 1-3, by R. Bruman and staff. Plans and instructions for over 200 proven hands-on exhibits in use at the San Francisco Exploratorium.
First Hand Learning - Teacher Education in Science Museums, by Inverness Research Associates and ASTC. Details of successful teacher programs in science centers.
Part of your General Public is Disabled, by Janice Majewski, A guide to help science center serve visitors and families with individual differences.
ASTC Salary Survey, results of 1997 survey of ASTC member science centers to assist in professional staff salary planning from CEO to general staff.
Museums, Magic and Children, by Bonnie Pitman-Gelles. An overview of science center and children’s museum creation and program development.
Bulletins of interest to new science centers.
Marking: Structuring for Success by Kim Maher
Collective Strategies for Obtaining Budget, Tax Funds by Jill Reiss
Both Sides of the Table: Grantwriters' Keynotes and Questions by Carol Inmann and Bob Russell
Visitor Safety in Exhibit Design and Production by Larry Ralph
Working Protypes - Exhibit Design at the Exploratorium by Frank Oppenheimer
Hands-On Science - A Teacher’s Guide to Student-Built Experiments
The Informal Science Review
Article reprints from ASTC Newsletters
Marketing Basics by Kim Maher
Preparing the Community for a New Science Center by Chris Raymond
Build Process Boasts Affordability, Community Bonding by Jill Reiss
Right from the Start: The Role of Outreach Programs in Launching a Science Center by Charles Howarth Jr.
Proposal Preparation Resources
National Science Foundation: Guide to Programs
Grant Proposal Guide NSF 99-2
Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education Program Announcement and Guidelines, NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources
National Endowment for the Humanities Public Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grants
The Employer Participation Model National Employer Leadership Council
Meeting the Technology Challenge - Building New Learning Communities U.S. Department of Education
Transportation Enhancement Activities - TEA-21 Provisions Department of Transportation
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development Program U.S. Department of Education
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