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Hempstead County Historical Society Meets

By Staff, 01/28/18 3:16 PM

The Hempstead County Historical Society held their monthly meeting January 23rd at the Klipsch Museum of Audio History at 136 Hempstead County Road 278 in Oakhaven. The museum is located in a Proving Grounds building across from the main Klipsch Plant. Curator Jim Hunter began the program with explanations of audio equipment that predated Paul Klipsch’s foray into the speaker business. He then took the group into the exhibits of Klipsch’s early prototypes and production models. The museum also has some special “one of a kind” models. Hunter explained that the room where most of the Klipsch speakers are also served as a recording studio where Paul Klipsch recorded music that he duplicated and marketed on reel-to-reel tapes. Later, the group ventured down into the basement of the building. This rare Hempstead County basement was used to store rolls of copper wiring used in telecommunications during World War II. The building served as the telephone exchange for the Southwest Proving Grounds during World War II. The museum is open to the public Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 10am to 2pm and by appointment. For information on the museum email info@klipschmuseum.org

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