Keyboard, Apple Extended
Keyboard, Apple Extended

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Tier 1

Computers ➔ Keyboard, Apple Extended

The Apple Extended Keyboard (AEK, model M0115) is a keyboard that was first sold separately alongside the Macintosh II an SE starting in 1987. It was replaced in 1990 by the Apple Extended Keyboard II (AEKII, model M3501) which was pre-packaged with Apple Professional Desktops starting with the Macintosh IIsi.

This example was purchased to be used alongside a Macintosh SE (see accession number 2017.61.1). The Macintosh SE computer was released in March 1987. It was an important step for Apple in designing a business computer. It was faster, had an increase in ROM size and other features that had never been incorporated into previous designs. These features included an internal drive bay for a hard disk or a second floppy drive and a cooling fan to improve the life expectancy of the machine. This computer was a stepping stone in the evolution of Macintosh and could be found in homes, offices, and schools around the world at the end of the twentieth century. This donation includes the mouse and mouse pad, electrical cords as well as the original box and packaging for the computer. The keyboard also includes the original box and packaging.
1987 – 1990
Metal, Plastic, Cardboard, Styrofoam
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Gift of Bob Schuitema

L is for Lyceum - Incredible Inventions (December 21 2018 – December 1 2019)

Can you imagine that the only way to talk to your friend is by letter because the telephone has not been invented? What about telling time not on your wristwatch, but by relying on the position of the sun? Or that there are no computers to type on or emails to send, just a quill and an inkwell?

From technological to medical devices, these artifacts selected by the Grand Rapids Public Museum Middle School students are common everyday artifacts from the GRPM’s Collection that are often overlooked as important inventions. They can inspire us to think about the incredible work done by inventors to solve problems and design devices that have not only made our lives easier - but better!

In the ancient world, the lyceum was where the greatest Greek philosophers taught. The concept of the lyceum was revived by American intellectuals in the 19th century who believed that public education was an important part of our democracy. Founded in 1854, the Grand Rapids Public Museum was originally named the Grand Rapids Lyceum of Natural History. In 2015 the Grand Rapids Public Museum School was founded with many community partners. The Museum School has developed its own version of the lyceum - an innovative after-school program that pairs local experts with middle school learners to exercise their minds and bodies by exploring an eclectic range of topics.

This changing exhibit was created by a class of lyceum students who designed the exhibit from start to finish, choosing the topic, selecting the artifacts and writing the text.

L is for Lyceum is one section of the interactive exhibit Collecting A to Z. This exhibit includes thousands of treasures from the GRPM’s Collections featured throughout the Museum.

Bob Schuitema
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