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Press Release

November 1, 2009

Contact:

Josie Patterson
MIT Museum
Josiep@mit.edu
617/253-4422

Regina Norfolk
RNCommunications, LLC
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MIT Museum commemorates the work of Harold "Doc" Edgerton
with the opening of Visionary Engineer, Harold Edgerton

Cambridge, MA - October 20, 2009 - On November 14th the MIT Museum will host the opening celebration for the new online archive of renowned inventor and engineer, Harold "Doc" Edgerton.  The exhibit, Visionary Engineer, Harold Edgerton, will showcase the new digital collections that include many photographs from the MIT Museum's now closed Flashes of Inspiration exhibition, as well as thousands of other still and moving images.  The exhibit's goal is to reintroduce Professor Harold "Doc" Edgerton to the public at the MIT Museum, and to make known this valuable synthesis of the many digital archives currently located throughout the MIT campus.

While the display will include Edgerton artifacts and memorabilia, the heart of this updated presentation will be several workstations at which visitors may explore the Doc Edgerton digital collections - a website which is itself a major, ongoing project at MIT. There will also be projections of newly restored Edgerton films in high definition, as well as a display of Doc's private slide collection.  There are more than 9,000 images that have never been seen before that document Edgerton's global travels, underwater archeology expeditions, experiments, and more.

To celebrate the opening of the new exhibit, the MIT Museum will host Lights, Camera, Action! from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. also on November 14th.  The event will be a fun-filled afternoon of light and photography-based activities and demonstrations for the whole family.  The activities are free with museum admission.

For more information regarding the MIT Museum and the Harold Edgerton exhibit go to http://mit.edu/museum.  Also follow what's going on at the museum on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook

The MIT Museum is open 7 days a week from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Admission -  Adults: $7.50; Under 18, Students, Seniors: $3.00; MIT ID and children 5 and under: Free.  The Museum also offers free admission on Sundays between 10:00 am - noon and on the second Friday of each month from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The MIT Museum's mission is to engage the wider community with MIT's science, technology and other areas of scholarship in ways that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. 

Related websites include:
http://web.mit.edu/museum
http://cambridgesciencefestival.org
http://museum.mit.edu/150
http://edgerton-digital-collections.org/

 


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