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The Morse Telegraph Club is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the perpetuation of the knowledge and traditions of telegraphy.  Our membership includes not only those from the craft of telegraphy, using Morse Code (American or International) either wire or wireless, but also includes those who are actively involved in the goals and initiatives of our organization.   These goals are, but not limited to, preserving the heritage oftelegraphy and educating the public on the history of Morse telegraph.

Upcoming Events


March 19, 2016 PLANT CITY MODEL TRAIN SHOW, LAKELAND, FL

This annual event will be held in a new location this year.  However, the Florida Chapter members will continue the long association with this event.  The new location is the Family Ministries Building of the Church of the Nazarene, 4730 Lakeland Highland Road, Lakeland, FL 33813.  The new location is a few miles from the previous location.  Chapter members will display and demonstrate antique and replica telegraph instruments and equipment while affording visitors an opportunity to try their hand at sending American Morse code and learn about the role of the telegraph in the history of the United States and Canada.  Hours will be 9am to 3pm.  Addmission is $7, agest 7 and under FREE.

APRIL 2, 2016  HERNANDO COUNTY MODEL TRAIN SHOW, DADE CITY, FL

The old ACL RR Trilby depot will be open for business during this annual event, held on the grounds of the Pioneer Florida Museum, locatged one mile north of Dade City, FL on U.S. Highway 301.  Chapter members will display and demonstrate telegraph equipment which was used when the depot was in service.  Visitors will be given the opportunity to try their hand at sending American Morse code while being informed as to the role of the telegraph in the development of the railroad industry in the United States and Canada.

APRIL 9, 2016 SPRINGTIME IN THE GARDEN, WINTER GARDEN, FL

Florida Chapter members will display and demonstrate antique and replica telegraph instruments and equipment in the old Tavares & Gulf Railroad depot, now serving as the Central Florida Railroad Museum at 101 South Boyd Street, Winter Garden during this annual event.  Visitors will learn about the role of the telegraphy in the history of the United States and Canada, as well as its role in the development of the railroads in these countries.  The will also be given the opportunity to learn how to send American Morse code.  Hours 9AM-5PM, Admission FREE.

APRIL 9, 2016, PIONEER FLORIDA MUSEUM, DADE CITY, FL

Florida Chapter members will have the old Trilby depot open for business during the Kiweanis Fish Fry special event.  The depot, now located on the grounds of the museum one mile north of Dade City on U. S. Highway 301, has been restored by chapter members to its 1950s appearance as a busy train order office on the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad’s “West Coast” main line.  Visitors will learn how the train order office functioned and the role of the telegraph in the spread of the rail network in North America, and the importance of railroads in the economic development of the continent.  They will also have an opportunity to try their hand at sending American Morse code.  For information regarding other activities during the day, and admission, see the museum’s website at http://www.pioneerfloridamuseum.org/   HOURS 2PM-8PM

APRIL 16, 2016 PLANES, TGRAINS AND BBQ, TAVARES, FL

This popular annual event provides a little bit of everything: the country’s only wood-burning steam locomotive to provide rides in period rail cars; an air show; a Classic car show, and a BBQ cook-off to determine who has the best BBQ in the area. All free to visitors, except for the train rides. Florida Chapter members will be set up in the city’s replica railroad passenger station to display and demonstrate antique and replica telegraph instruments and equipment. They will also demonstrate the art of “hooping up” train orders or messages to a moving train, with the cooperation of train crew members aboard the steam-powered rain. 

APRIL 23, 2016 SPRING FROLIC, PIONEER SETTLEMENT, BARBERVILLE, FL

Music and dancing are the main attraction at this annual event, but Florida Chapter members will add the rhythm of the American Morse telegraph to the mix, as they have the old Pierson depot open for business, which will include demonstrating the art and skill of Morse telegraphy on the vintage telegraph instruments which were a part of the depot before it was closed and moved to the grounds of the Pioneer Settlement.  Chapter members will explain the role of the telegraph  in the movement of trains and thus in the spread of the rail network in North America, and the importance of that network in the economic development of the North American continent. For information regarding other activities, see the Settlement’s website at  http://www.pioneersettlement.org/#!spring-frolic-music--dance-festival/cpo3
HOURS 9AM-9PM SATURDAY.  Barberville is located at the intersection of U.; S. Highway 17 and S.R. 40.

APRIL 30, 2016 MORSE DAY COOKOUT at Railway Mail Service Library, Boyce, VA

Mark your calendars for a "Morse Day" cook out and demonstration at Boyce depot's DK office. Food and conversation are scheduled between noon and 3 PM, assuming the snowfall of the century melts by then. If you can't visit Boyce, please listen for DK on the Morse KOB circuits. This event will be in the 1913 former N&W Railway depot along Clarke County route 723. Address: 117 East Main Street, Boyce, VA 22620-9369. For further information and to see previous activities, please visit the website: http://www.railwaymailservicelibrary.org/

APRIL 30, 2014,   MORSE DAY OBSERVANCE, PLANTATION, FL

Florida Chapter members will gather at the Plantation Historical Museum, 511 North Fig Tree Lane, Plantation, FL 33317, to celebrate the birthday of Samuel F. B. Morse by displaying and demonstrating antique and replica telegraph instruments and equipment for the benefit of museum visitors.   Visitors will have an opportunity to try their hand at sending American Morse code on genuine, original. telegraph instruments, while learning about the history of the telegraph and its role in the history of the United States and Canada.  Using thd MorseKOB computer program, (available for free downloading at www.morsekob.org) and thd Internet “wire,” Chapter members will exchange teletgraphic greetings with members of other chapters in the United States and Canada.     HOURS 10AM-3PM.  Admission FREE.

MAY 14, 2016, TAMPA TRAIN DAY, TAMPA UNION STATION, TAMPA, FL

The historic Tampa Union Station, 601 North Nebraska, Tampa, FL will be the scene of this sixth annual event, which is replacing National Train Day, which has been discontinued by its sponsors.  Florida Chapter members will be among the many demonstrators and vendors concerning railroading in the United States.  Chapter members will display and demonstrate antique and replica telegraph instruments and equipment.  Visitors will be given the opportunity to learn how to send American Morse code using a genuine telegraph key, while learning about the role of the telegraph in the spread of the rail network on the North American continent, and the history of railroads in the economic development of the United States and Canada.     For further up to date information concerning this event, see:   http://www.tampaunionstation.com
HOURS 10-AM-4PM Admission FREE.

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