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Cayuga Museum Begins Yearlong Program Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Sound-on-Film

Jan 12th, 2022

What is your favorite movie quote? Are you the kind of person who likes to listen to soundtracks for epic films? Whether you like to watch something with explosions, music, screaming, or even just good ole fashioned swearing, you can thank Auburn, NY inventor Ted Case, who helped make sound film possible almost exactly 100 years ago!
December 14th of 2022 marks 100 years from the day when Ted Case recorded the word “hello” onto a film strip with no background noise or scratch. The technology he used to accomplish this feat would suddenly make Case a major competitor in a period of history that can best be referred to as the “Sound Film Wars.”
In recognition of this momentous occasion, the Cayuga Museum has introduced a new program, “It Speaks for Itself: 100 Years of Sound Film.” Throughout the year, on the second Wednesday of each month, the Museum will share a new, mini-digital exhibit on their website, exploring the transformation of the film industry in the 1920’s and the Case Research Lab’s central role in the change.
As the Museum works their way to the 100th Anniversary, you will also have the opportunity to explore the Lab story yourself when they re-open to the public, and the Museum has also promised other special events to celebrate the 100th Anniversary in December.
You can explore the first digital exhibit and introduction to the program on the Museum Website at The Cayuga Museum is currently closed for the winter season, but will be open again to the public in March. You can learn more about available museum programs and hours on their website,, or by following them on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
If you have any questions about the program or would like to know more, reach out to Geoff Starks at or 315-253-8051.

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