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The 2019 Henry F. Schorreck Lecture Speaker Series

Friday, May 10, 2019
4:00 pm6:00 pm
National Cryptologic Museum, Ft. Meade, MD
The 2019 Henry F. Schorreck Lecture Speaker Series

The 2019 Henry F. Schorreck Lecture Speaker Series: GCHQ 1919-2019: Reflections at the Start of Our Second Century, presented by Tony Comer, GCHQ Historian, will take place on 10 May 2019 from 4:00-6:00pm at the National Cryptologic Museum in Ft. Meade, MD.

About the Lecture
Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) was created in 1919 right after World War I. First known as the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), it would run the successful (and now very famous) Bletchley Park codebreaking facility north of London during World War II. Shortly after the war (1946), it would adopt its current name. In his presentation, Tony will offers stories and perspective about this historic organization—and about that special US-UK cryptologic relationship, first established in February 1941.

About the Speaker
TONY COMER joined GCHQ as a Spanish and Portuguese linguist in 1983. He worked in a variety of operational and policy roles in GCHQ with a primary focus on support to military operations. In 2009 he became Departmental Historian.

*** A full house is anticipated, so advanced registration is required.*** Please register via the EventBrite registration link provided below.

An event flyer is also available for download via a link below. And you can learn more about the Henry F. Schorreck Memorial Lecture Speaker Series and previous presentations via link included below.

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On This Day In History


  • Birthday of cryptologic machine designer Edward Hebern. Hebern's five-rotor cipher machine is cryptologically significant as part of the overall evolution in U.S. manufactured rotor devices. The National Cryptologic Museum has two very rare five-rotor Hebern cipher machines in its collection.

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The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community. We think you will agree it is truly a "museum like no other."

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a priceless collection of artifacts that represent our Nation's history in code making and code breaking, as well as a world class library of cryptologic media. The NCMF acquires the best artifacts for the NCM and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

The NCMF provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and innovation through valued awards, and hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events.

As part of the Foundation's partnership with NSA to build the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation - Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (CCEI-NCM), the NCMF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

The NCMF and NCM share a joint three-fold mission to Educate, Stimulate, and Commemorate. Learn more about our MISSION.