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Documentary Premiere ~ “Invisible Threads: From Wireless to War”

November 12 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Long Island Radio & Television Historical Society is pleased to present the first public screening of “Invisible Threads: From Wireless to War” will take place on Friday, November 12, 2021 at the historic Bourne Mansion in Oakdale, NY. Directed by Babylon filmmaker/researcher Joseph Sikorski, this documentary delves into the early development of wireless technology on the eve of WWI that connected inventors Nikola Tesla and Guglielmo Marconi to a shadowy radio station in West Sayville, New York, know as called Telefunken.

Great inventors like committed to wireless had a Long Island presence at the turn of the 20th century, with Tesla’s laboratory in Shoreham NY and Marconi’s ship-to-shore stations in Babylon and Sagaponack. As they all competed for radio supremacy, Telefunken was using their plant to send nefarious communications to Germany. Among the suspected subterfuge was information that led to the sinking of the Lusitania. With drama, intrigue and local history this documentary has it all, and this will be the public’s only chance to see it this year.

A Q&A period with the filmmaker will follow the screening. Tickets available at www.TeslaScienceCenter.org, $20 for members, $25 for non members. Proceeds will benefit the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe (TSCW) as well as the Long Island Radio & TV Historical Society (LIRTVHS). This project was made possible with support by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.


About the Author

Shoshanna M.

Shoshanna McCollum is editor of Fire Island News. Author of two books, and award-winning journalist for multiple Fire Island and South Shore Long Island publications since 2000, she resides year round on Fire Island with her husband and many cats.


Lessing’s Bourne Mansion
500 Montauk Highway
Oakdale, New York 11769


Long Island Radio & TV Historical Society
Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe