Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Hayley Brazier

Hayley Brazier is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Oregon and the Curator of Natural History at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon. Her work sits at the crossroads of environmental history and public history. Hayley’s dissertation tells the story of how, why, and when humans began installing technologies in the dark depths of Pacific’s seafloor. She received a Travel to Collections Award from the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.

Of Cables and Serpents

Why the transatlantic telegraph cable conjured dreams of sea monsters.