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Feature: Thomas A. Russo Museum of Business History & Technology

Courtesy of the Business Technology Association

In the fall of 2015, Brent Hoskins, executive director of the Business Technology Association (BTA), along with several representatives of BTA, Mars International and Ross International, had the opportunity to visit the Thomas A. Russo Museum of Business History and Technology, located in Wilmington, Delaware.

In 1985-86, Russo served as president of the National Office Machine Dealers Association (NOMDA, now BTA). He had been very instrumental in the development of an office equipment museum that was once located in the building where BTA is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. So, it was not a surprise to hear that he had established his own museum in the building that once housed his office technology dealership, Delaware Business Equipment.

This video includes some of the highlights of the museum, as well as an interview with Russo.

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