First telephone message

Telephone 1 Copy

Telephone 2

Two years after Alexander Graham Bell relayed the first telephone message, the new technology arrived at Notre Dame on April 4, 1878. A Scholastic article says “a telephone was attached to the telegraph wires at Notre Dame connecting to South Bend. Conversation was freely carried on and music played at Notre Dame was distinctly heard at South Bend.”

Over the next several days, crowds gathered at both ends of the phone lines, presenting concerts to one another, including a performance of the Senior Orchestra with violin, cornet, guitar and flute solos appreciated by a “large audience, chiefly ladies” listening on the other end of the line.