Museum Hours:

Saturday 10-6

Sunday 12-5

Early Television Museum

2017 Early Television Convention

This year's convention will be Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7. It will be held at the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center, a newly renovated building right next door to the musuem, which will be much more convenient for attendees.

CRT Rebuilding: Nick Williams will be in Hilliard on Saturday, April 29 to spend the week doing more CRT rebuilding. You are welcome to come join him.

Auction News: See the items currently listed for the auction. You can enter your items for the auction now. There will be at least 2 prewar sets in this year's auction: a RCA TRK-120 and a Marconi 705.

You can now register online

This year we have added a $15 charge for each vendor at the swapmeet to offset the cost of tent rental. Two large tents will be installed in the museum parking lot this year.

Motels near the museum

More details about the convention will follow.


Here is information on the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 2015 and 2016 Conventions.

Tentative Presentations

Conversations with Vladimir Zworykin Mike Molnar
From Baird to Belle Isle: A Brief History of Television in South East Michigan Benjamin Moyer
The CBS Electronic Video Record, EVR, and its Player Olin Shuler
A Look At The Early History of Los Angeles' W6XYZ/KTLA and The Influence of Klaus Landsberg In Creating This Television Facility James O'Neal
Progress On An All-Glass 15GP22 John Yurkon
History and Use of the 1952 RCA TK-40 Prototype Chuck Pharis

Tentative Schedule

Events in gray will be at the museum and those in green at the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center

Friday, May 5

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm CRT rebuilding demonstration and workshop
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Meet other collectors at the museum. Beer, wine, soft drinks. Demonstration of sets in the Museum's collection

Saturday, May 6

7:30 am – 8:30 am Swap Meet setup
8:30 am – 11:00 am Registration and Swap Meet
8:30 am - 5:30 pm Silent Auction
9:00 am - 11:45 am Live Auction
12:00 noon – 12:30 pm Buffet Lunch
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm   Presentations
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Break
2:15 pm – 4:15 pm  Presentations
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Steps For Restoration and Repair of Tube Type TV Sets - Workshop by Chuck Azar
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Browse the museum’s collection, talk to fellow collectors
About 6:00 pm Silent Auction closes
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Dinner

Sunday, May 7

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Browse the museum’s collection, talk to fellow collectors. Demonstration of sets in the Museum’s collection.
10:00 am - 10:30 am Annual Meeting
10:30 am – 11:00 am  Meeting - CRT rebuilding at the museum