Morristown honors its Morse code legacy

An exhibit in Morristown celebrating the city's instrumental role in inventing the telegraph has reopened.

The exhibit, located at the Speedwell Factory Building in Morristown, harks back to the year 1837, when Alfred Vail and Samuel F.B. Morse first demonstrated a telegraph message using Morse code.

"It instantaneously shrank the world for the people of that time in the 1830s," says Doug Brown, of the Morris County N.J. Park Commission.

Even though most people now text message and e-mail each other, the legacy of Morse code lives on. The most popular current use of Morse code is by amateur radio operators.

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