Lance's Journal: Lincoln Telephone History, Jan. 3, 2014

From the telegraph to texting, the history of telecommunications in America can be downright fascinating.

Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876 and the Bell telephone system started in Lincoln in 1882.

In 1904, Frank Woods founded what would soon become the Lincoln Telephone & Telegraph Company.

The Woods Telephone Museum is the only telephone museum in Nebraska and it has been open to the public since 1996, but it started collecting memorabilia for the museum nearly a century ago. Al Farmer says, "It started in the 1920's when the company began to collect around the area old telephones to celebrate their 25th anniversary, which would have been 1929."

Al is a volunteer at the museum after having worked for LT&T for nearly 30 years, "It's a very historical thing if you realized how the telephone got developed and what it's turned in to."

Al is a big believer in preserving the past, "I think it's really important to Lincoln and to Lancaster County and to southeast Nebraska because a lot of this collection represents telephones that were used in this area."

The Telephone Museum is open every Sunday from 1 to 4 pm, excluding major holidays.

And if you'd like to arrange a group tour, give the museum a call and they'll get you connected... (402) 436-4640.