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MARCH's replica Apple 1 microcomputer. [br][b][url=http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/12/07/31/2319249/march-presents-apple-i-reproduction-in-action-at-hope-9]Click on the picture to see a demo![/url][/b]MARCH's replica Apple 1 microcomputer. [br][b][url=http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/12/07/31/2319249/march-presents-apple-i-reproduction-in-action-at-hope-9]Click on the picture to see a demo![/url][/b]Come see the computer museum at the InfoAge Science Center, sponsored by MARCH (Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists).

Currently we have five exhibits:

  • Mainframes (1945-1965)
  • Minicomputers (1965-1984)
  • Homebrew-era computers (1970s)
  • Business Microcomputers (1975-1984)
  • Consumer Microcomputers (1977-1986)

Some of the exhibits we're planning for 2013 and beyond include portable computers, gaming, data storage, bulletin board systems, component design, alternating exhibits for our own members, and many more!

Highlights of our collection include a UNIVAC 1219, DEC PDP-8, IBM 1130, Altair 8800, IMSAI 8080 -- and so much more that you'll have to see it to believe it. Our club has one of the largest and most comprehensive vintage computer collections you'll find outside of northern California. We could list it all here, but we're biased -- we want you to come see it in person!

In addition to showcasing vintage computers, we strive to restore these unique machines to operational condition. We are not just about "exhibit queens" -- instead we prefer "The Hands-On Imperative" -- that's where the real fun exists. Whether you're interested in BASIC, paper tape, punched cards, joysticks, analog computers, or even vacuum tubes, we've got something for everyone.

Our group also hosts special events. Our flagship event is the Vintage Computer Festival East. Its next edition is the VCF East 9.1 scheduled for April 4-6, 2014, at the museum. Other events include repair workshops and a winter party (the "Vintage Computer Festivus".) In addition we exhibit at external events such as HOPE, World Maker Faire, NJ Science & Engineering Festival, and the Trenton Computer Festival.

Care to learn more about us, participate (it's free!), donate, interview us, rent some equipment, or generally contact us? You can visit our group's web home at midatlanticretro.org, "like" us on Facebook, or contact Evan Koblentz at evan(at)snarc(dot)net or (646) 546-9999.

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