Who Invented the First Music Player?
Lucy Hayes: Science, Medicine, Inventions and tech
Skill: Middle School
Time Required: One class period
In 1878, when the Hayes family lived in the White House, the great inventor, Thomas Edison, came one evening to demonstrate his new invention, the phonograph, for Lucy and Rutherford and their guests. Up until that time, if people wanted to hear music, they would have to go to a concert, or to a theatrical performance. Now, with the gramaphone, they could buy a record (or a cylinder), bring it home, and play it on a gramophone. The people gathered at the White House were so excited by this marvelous machine that they stayed on and on, not leaving until the middle of the night!