The History of InfoAge Science & History Museums

Site History

Our campus has an amazingly rich history! You can study it in categories by topic and chronology.

Early History — Information is forthcoming about the farms that preceded commercial development here and about native Americans who originally occupied the area. 

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Marconi Station — Radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi competed against Nikola Tesla in the early days of the radio industry. Marconi’s company acquired the farmland here in 1912. His staff built several towers to receive trans-Atlantic wireless messages. 

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Naval Period — The U.S. Navy was the site owner here during World War I. Their work focused on strengthening radio signals and sharpening signal reception. 

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Radio Corporation of America — RCA operated the campus in the first half of the 1920s. They emphasized commercial radio developments. 

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Monmouth Pleasure Club — Deeply unfortunate events happened at our campus from 1926-1929. A local branch of the Ku Klux Klan acquired the land and tried to use it as a summer resort. The group experienced legal disputes and failed at its goal. (U.S. Army hiring from the 1940s through 1990s included prominent technical staff of African-American and Jewish heritage. InfoAge today welcomes people from all walks of life.) 

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Kings College — An organization called Young People’s Association for the Propagation of the Gospel purchased the land in 1936, opened as The King’s College in 1938, and left for New Castle, Delaware in 1941. 

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World War II & Radar — The campus became known as “Camp Evans” and the “Evans Signal Laboratory” during this time. It was one of America’s top research laboratories for the development, testing, and production of radar. The staff here also worked on related technologies such as antennas, fuses, and sonar. 

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Computer Research — Our campus as part of cutting-edge computer research from about 1941-1957. Projects here helped inspire the ENIAC developers, loaned technology to the first computers that had output screens, included the design of the earliest non-prototype mobile computers, and directly led to ASCII — American Standard Code for Information Interchange — which is part of all computers and mobile devices today. 

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Army Research — Camp Evans’ mission changed after World War II. The new research included subjects such as airborne identifiers for friends and foes, signals jamming, nuclear systems, and much more. 

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Space Age — In addition to traditional military research, Camp Evans also took on space projects. These included bouncing a radar signal off the moon (Project Diana) and tracking the first weather satellite (Project TIROS). 

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InfoAge Develops — Coinciding with the Army’s decision in the mid-1990s to begin closing nearby Fort Monmouth and outposts including Camp Evans, local volunteers led by history advocate Fred Carl began efforts to the campus from commercial development and to preserve it as a history/science center. 

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19 February 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
InfoAge Lounge – Main Building, 2201 Marconi Road
Wall, 07719 United States
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Sunday February 19th For a Wonderful Vacation, Go by Train! Railroads, Tourism, and Commuters at the Jersey Shore By Bill Elwell 2PM-3PM Hotel Lounge Nestled halfway between two of Americas […]

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05 March 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
InfoAge Lounge – Main Building, 2201 Marconi Road
Wall, 07719 United States
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A Brief History of Model Railroading By Dave Albertson 2PM-3PM Hotel Lounge Tracing the roots of Model Railroading back to the 1890's. Manufacturers, Inventions and Pioneers of Model Railroading that […]

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$12
26 March 2023 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

NJ Makers Day @InfoAge Join us to participate in the annual statewide celebration of making! A dozen free hands-on activities in our main building and much more to see and do […]

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$12
26 March 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
ISEC, 2300 Marconi Road
Wall Township, 07719 United States
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Sunday March 26th ISEC Lecture Series By Frank O'brien 2PM-3PM ISEC Center   About Frank O'Brien: Frank O'Brien is a volunteer historian for NASA as part of their history, education […]

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$12
14 April 2023 April 14 - April 17
InfoAge Science & History Museums, 2201 Marconi Road
Wall, NJ 07719
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Vintage Computer Festival East 2023 April 14th- 16th 2023 Latest info is on the VCF Event Page The theme for the 2023 Festival is Computers in Education

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$25
10 July 2023 July 10 - July 14
InfoAge Lounge – Main Building, 2201 Marconi Road
Wall, 07719 United States
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WEEK 1: WONDER Young innovators will: • Build their own mini skate park with rad ramps, bowls, jumps and rails • Become event planners, invent a Party Assistant and design […]

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$300
17 July 2023 July 17 - July 21
InfoAge Science & History Museums, 2201 Marconi Road
Wall, NJ 07719
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WEEK 2: FAST FORWARD Young innovators will: • Design dream homes, explore renewable energy sources and invent their own smart devices • Become robotic pet veterinarians as they take apart […]

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$300
24 July 2023 July 24 - July 28
ISEC, 2300 Marconi Road
Wall Township, 07719 United States
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A week of hands-on STEM and space activities at the historic InfoAge Science & History Museums Space Exploration Center July 24-28, 2023 9AM to 3PM Ages 11-14 $199 per child […]

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