Weslaco Museum explores evolution of communication

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 9.55.09 AMThe Weslaco Museum at 500 S. Texas presents a new exhibit, “Evolution of Communication” for July and August. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at the Museum. Admission to the reception is free and the public is invited.

“Oral, visual and written communication has changed in unimaginable ways. The exhibit takes the visitor from cave drawings to the present,” said Joe Vidales, interim director. We communicate to tell a story and to document or share an event. The exhibit includes artifacts and period clothing from the Museum’s collection.

Telephones from the early 1900s, the 1940s, and the 1950s, part of the Museum’s collection, are evidence of how our communication has changed. We do not use such phrases as:
“This is a collect call.”
“I want to make a person-to-person call.”
“I’d like to place a long distance call.”

Strange-looking typewriters from the 1930s, to the electric typewriters, to the desk-top computer are witness to the evolution of written communication.

Besides talking face-to-face, we have used two tin cans and a string, transistor radios, a Walkman, and the modern iPod. The exhibit will include floor-model radios and radios dating from the 1930s and 1940s.

Practically all of today’s photography is digital technology. Cameras of the past required that we buy film and then take the pictures. If we did not forget about the film in the camera, the film was then taken to a store for processing and to have copies made. The digital age allows for instant images and instant sharing through the various social media websites.

The Weslaco Museum, located at 500 S. Texas Blvd., is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Regular admission is free to members, $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for veterans, $2 for students, ages 5 to 17, and free to children under five. The Weslaco Museum has free admission on the first Saturday of each month and for special programs. For more information, call the museum at (956) 968-9142.