by Donna Cain, innkeeper and owner
I have always loved history and have been fascinated about the Marconi historical site on Cape Cod where Guglielmo Marconi pioneered the technology to transmit the first wireless message from the United States to England. It was a special treat to learn that his daughter, Princess Marconi is here on the Cape to honor her father.
Shown in this picture with a biographical book, Marconi my Beloved, written by her mother, Marchesa Maria Cristina Marconi where she details the life of her famous husband and Nobel Prize winner, Guglielmo Marconi. In 1901, he accomplished the first trans-Atlantic wireless transmission and became known as the Father of the Age of Communication. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt and King Edward VII exchanged first messages between Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and England. The book also contains Marconi’s other experiments, especially those dealing with radar.
The Princess will be on Cape Cod Friday, June 20th and her itinerary included a stop at the Eastham’s Visitor’s Center where the students from the local elementary school will present a 10 minute program on the history of communication followed by a question and answer session with the princess…how fun!. Later she will go to the Seashore headquarters in the Marconi Site Road where she will be presented with gifts from local artists, Roberta and Mark Sherwin. Then she will go to the original site of the Wireless Station, where there is a scheduled two way amateur radio contact in which the princess will read a “Marconigram” wishing the World Radiosport Team Championship well in their 2014 international competition. The competition, dedicated to advancing amateur radio and radio technology, is set to take place in July.
She is also a special guest fro the Chatham Marconi Maritime Museum and Educational Grand Opening celebraiton this weekend, which will officially open it’s doors to the public on Saturday, June 21st at 10 am.
Shown in this pictures on her eighth birthday, onboard Marconi’s yacht Elettra.
We always tell our guests staying at Brewster by the Sea Inn and Spa that Marconi is our very favorite beach on the National Seashore. It’s just an extra bonus to learn about the history in that area and to walk the wonderful White Cedat Swamp trail which is also in the complex.
Exhaling on Cape Cod and feeling very blessed to be sharing this beautiful part of the world with our guests.