These are a sample of a few projects
the Museum has participated in!
April 3rd, 2003
Eaglepoint Juvenile Correction Facility.
From St. Peter's- Jim Chalker, Gay Romack & Melissa Thomas
From The Southwest Museum of Engineering Communications and Computation
- Ed Sharpe
SMECC donated over 155 Large Crates of books to fill the library.
Reading is part of communications but material has to be made
available to all.
|As in years past, 2003 was not
exception, thousands of books were gathered and transferred to
the ReadFest held at Glendale Community College. Every Child that attended
received a book as a gift and there were thousands of books for
people to buy. The proceeds from this sale benefited the ReadFest
|SMECC provided the bulk of the books for
the Heard Museum book sale Jan 2004. we went by the sale and
it was interesting to see people enjoying the treasures they were getting
there! We have provided material for the last 3 yearly sales.
2004 Futures City Competition
SMECC sponsored the award for
"Best Use of Communications Devices" Jan. 2004
Use of Communication Devices
Southwest Museum of
Engineering, Communications & Computation ( SMECC )
Matt Houston, Daniel Pressler and Blayne Kennedy
Teacher Sponsor: Scott Weiss
Engineer Mentor: Neil Barrett
From Sierra Vista Middle School
SMECC as a member of the
ARIZONA COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING
AND SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATIONS (ACESA) provided judges for the
Science Olympiad March 6, 2004 held at Glendale Community College.
It is always a pleasure to see youth enthusiastic
about Science and Technology!
SMECC UPDATE - Ed Sharpe Director and Lead
Archivist for SMECC
Sahuaro Ranch, in Glendale Arizona, offers the highlight of the
2004-2005 season with the historical exhibit, "Rural
The Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications and Computation
(SMECC), located in Glendale Arizona, is proud to collaborate on
this display by providing information, pictures, signs and example
of appliances from the pre-electric and electrified era.
SMECC Director, Ed Sharpe's interest in REA stemmed from a personal
interest to learn about one of FDR's three letter programs
whose coverage was lacking during his high school American history class.
He wanted to learn as much as he could!
"We had a small high density display of artifacts at the museum"
Sharpe said. "We saw this exhibition as a dynamic example of two
museums partnering to produce a large display with great depth" He
continues, " Kudos to Carole De Cosmo at Historic Sahuaro Ranch
Museum and her crew, the presentation of their material and our material
was blended together in an intellectual and artistic manner."
When asked why a display on REA, Sharpe replied, " You can learn
about power distribution in cities from any of the major power
producers." He continued "This was a chance to expose city folks
to their rural cousin's quest for electrification and betterment of life,
while providing visitors from outside the city a chance to reminisce
about their gaining of power and technology."
Sharpe continues to acquire more books, artifacts and paperwork related to
REA, and also things related to all forms of engineering, communications
This informative and entertaining exhibit tells how electricity
dramatically changed the methods of farming and "Rural
Electrification" explains who was responsible for bringing electrical
power, what circumstances made it possible and feasible, when it happened,
and how electric power was generated and transmitted in the past.
The fact that the Salt River Valley was electrified before the REA and the
rest of rural America is unknown to most Valley residents. The farmers
mortgaged their land to bring water (and its byproduct, electricity) to
the Valley. This display offers an education on Arizona history and
also a look at what was happening in other farming communities in the
United States through Rural Electric Cooperatives.
Electricity made the farm family's live a more pleasant existence with the
most profound effect on the farm wife. Before electricity the farm wife
had to pump the water by hand, heat with coal and wood, wash all the
clothes on a scrub board and tub, air dry the clothes and then iron them
with irons heated by coal or wood stoves. After an exhausting day of
all this and other work the poor lady would then read by the
substandard light provided by candlelight or kerosene lamp.
The rest of the family that was out working the operational aspects
of the farm enjoyed the labor and time saving benefits offered by
Milking the cows was faster and more efficient.
Pumping water electrically was a wonder!
Having good lighting added to productivity and safety.
Electric tools made construction and repair on the farm move at a faster
Radios and later televisions could be just plugged into the
wall.. gone were the bulky batteries and wind chargers.
But... to learn all the benefits, you need to take in this
Rural Electrification brought farm families together as they formed
cooperatives to obtain electric power. Some of the side
activities included REA cook books, picnics, work parties, pot lucks and
more. REA brought people together and made life better!
Below: Rural Electrification Exhibit opening night.
Carole De Cosmo, Director of Historic Sahuaro Ranch Museum
and Ed Sharpe Director and Lead Archivist of SMECC.
Pictured are some of the 3 dimensional and pictorial REA
artifacts the SMECC lent for the exhibition.
Where to see it!
Historic Sahuaro Ranch is at 9802 N. 59th Ave., (59th and Mountain View)
in Glendale and is open to the public. Website http://www.sahuaroranch.org/
The grounds - populated with peacocks, chickens, rabbits and graced with a
rose garden - are open from dawn to dusk each day. Hours for the
Galleries, Main House Tours and Museum Store are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesdays through Saturdays.
Group tours and educational tours can be arranged by calling the Sahuaro
Ranch Foundation office at (623) 930-4200. Admission to the grounds and
gallery is free and open to the public.
The Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications and Computation
(SMECC) can be reached at 623-435-1522 for further information on SMECC
please visit http://www.smecc.org
Thanks Ed Sharpe, Archivist for SMECC - - See the Museum's Web
Site at www.smecc.org
We are always looking for items to add to the museum's display and ref.
library - please advise if you have anything we can use.
Coury House / SMECC
5802 W. Palmaire Ave.
Glendale Az 85301 USA
Janet Napolitano of Arizona and Ed Sharpe Director and Lead Archivist for
SMECC at Bitzee Mama's Restaurant in downtown Glendale Arizona. I
was fortunate to have some time to discuss science, technology
and education with Janet at the breakfast table. Unknown to many, Janet
coded in FORTRAN at Sandia High School in Albuquerque New Mexico in
her younger days!
the Phoenix government cable channel, required a JVC KY2000 and a
3/4 JVC U-matic portable recorder to portray the first equipment they used
to put City of Phoenix government activities on cable television
SMECC was able to assist them with the loan of equipment that is now on
display in the station lobby.
(Click photo for larger view)
began in 1984 as the city of Phoenix's government access cable channel
with a staff of four and five minutes of programming per week.
award-winning PHX11 is one of the top local cable stations in the
country, reaching an estimated 320,000 households throughout the Valley.
It provides quality programs that educate, inform and entertain residents
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Oct 1 -Mar 27
- The Electrification of the Salt River Valley.
Historic Sahuaro Ranch in the Fruit Packing Shed Gallery located at 9802
N. 59th Avenue. For more information call (623) 930-4500
provide artifacts for this display!