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Telephone Historical Centre

Front Display area at the Historical Information Centre.The Telephone Historic Centre, located in Edmonton, has been in operation since 1985. It was founded by retirees from the Edmonton Telephone Corporation who were dedicated to the preservation of telephone history in Edmonton and the surrounding area. It is Canada’s largest telecommunications museum. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, identify, and catalogue artifacts and archival material related to the history of telecommunications in Edmonton, and to relate it to the public in an entertaining and educational manner.

Telephone DirectoryThrough its collection of archival resources and artifacts, as well as interactive displays, the centre has drawn 125,000 visitors over the last two decades. A large number of these individuals have been involved with school groups, brought to the site either for educational field trips or to participate in an array of curriculum-based programs.

The centre has recently moved from its former home in Old Strathcona to a new location at the Prince of Wales Armouries. Staff and volunteers, with guidance from a board of directors, are developing a more easily accessible Telephone Archive Centre there.

Museum exhibitsThis level of community service would not be possible without the support of volunteers. In 2001, they contributed over 8,000 hours to hosting visitors, maintaining exhibits, caring for the artifact collection, and helping with office administration.


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