JPHS to meet
The Messenger. 01.16.08
The Jackson Purchase Historical Society will meet Jan. 26 at the Wrather Museum and Auditorium on the campus of Murray (Ky.) State University at 1 p.m. Drs. Bob Lochte and Jim Gantt will present a program on Nathan B. Stubblefield, 1860-1928. Stubblefield was a Kentucky melon farmer and an American inventor. It has been claimed that he invented the radio before either Nikola Tesla or Guglielmo Marconi, but his devices seem to have worked by audio frequency induction or, later, audio frequency earth conduction (creating disturbances in the near-field region) rather than by radio frequency radiation for radio transmission telecommunications.
Though there were contemporaneous experiments by others such as William Preece, Stubblefield has been proposed as a claimant for the invention of wireless telephony, or wireless transmission of the human voice. Stubblefield’s inventions did not lead directly to radio as the technology works today, but the public demonstrations in 1902 and press coverage helped to spur public interest in the possibilities of wireless transmission of voice and music. Dr. Gantt plans to have a working model of the Stubblefield invention at the meeting.
JPHS was organized in 1958 to promote interest and study in regional history, especially within the region encompassing all the territory in the Chickasaw Purchase of 1818. JPHS also helps to preserve historical facts, memorabilia and general heritage of the region and acts as a resource for educational institutions. In order to improve public understanding and appreciation for this area, JPHS offers four meetings and programs each calendar year. The general public is always invited to attend, a spokesman said.
Membership is open to all who are interested in the history of this section of the country, in the preservation of its heritage and in fellowship with those of kindred interest. The fiscal/membership year is from Aug. 1-July 31. Several categories of membership are available: individual, $15; family, $20; institutional, $25; and lifetime, $200. New members are welcome to join JPHS at the January meeting, the spokesman said.