This exhibition features the history of codebreaking and intelligence-gathering using personal artifacts and documents from the William F. and Elizebeth Friedman Collection. You will learn about the study of the Shakespeare ciphers, the US Army Signal Corps, the formation of the NSA, the genesis of cipher machine manufacture, the breaking of the Japanese code Purple, and Elizebeth Friedman’s success in breaking mob codes during Prohibition. Some of the Friedmans’ freelance activities included trying to solve the Beale Treasure, the Voynich Manuscript, and Mayan hieroglyphs. You will come away with an understanding of the fascination with “making the unintelligible intelligible” that drove the Friedmans to become America’s most famous codebreaking couple.
Exhibition opens April 21, 2015 at 11 am. Exhibition closes July 4 at 4 p.m.