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President’s Update ~ Chris Pendleton, President and CEO

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 1st

New book edison ford in Florida     After many years of gathering research, we are finally ready to bring forward “Edison and Ford in Southwest Florida.”

What makes this so interesting for us is that the project involves a book (Edison and Ford in Florida, Arcadia Publishing), a new exhibit and video program in the Museum “Edison and Ford in Southwest Florida,” and a series of lectures that will be scheduled ongoing.  The lectures will be presented here at Edison Ford and also be available for group gatherings throughout the region.

Our editor at Arcadia Publishing tells us, “It’s a great book about the site and one of the more interesting books I’ve worked on here.”

We agree, as there are many new photographs of the legends and their families and friends.  The photographs and accompanying text capture Florida a hundred years ago and really show what it was like to live here then.  It is also interesting to see what has not changed and what has transitioned to a new Florida.

With Arcadia Publishing overseeing the project, we will be selling the book in our stores (Edison Ford Museum Store, Ford Caretaker’s Cottage Shoppe and the Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower).  The book will also be available on-line and in hundreds of locations regionally and nationally.

As always our sales benefit the preservation and education work of Edison Ford.  Look for the book to come out in September and the exhibit to open shortly thereafter.  Lectures will also be available at that time.

I am very proud of the work of our Curators, Mike Cosden and Brent Newman, on this project as well as their ongoing preservation of the site and their continual research into the Edison and Ford legacies.  It is a great department, and I am sure you will agree when you read the book, see the exhibit and join us for a program.

Authors Brent Newman, Chris Pendleton and Mike Cosden

Authors Brent Newman, Chris Pendleton and Mike Cosden

Thomas and Mina Edison with their son Theodore circa 1909

Thomas and Mina Edison with their son Theodore circa 1909

Daily Cool Programs in the Museum

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 31st

August programs 2015

Summer Camp Interns and Teachers in Inventor’s Summer Camp

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 30th

     Edison Ford full-time educators, Pearce Augustenborg and Nadia Kluesner have been joined this summer by three very talented individuals to assist in the Summer Inventor’s Camp.

Dylan Kluesner is a computer scientist planning to take on more graduate work and also a career in computer programming. He’s adding great strength to the summer program as he works with various computer applications with the campers and also to develop their own “app.”

Ashley Chamberlin is an FGCU student majoring in Elementary Education who is working with the 4th – 6th graders. She has volunteered with the Wings of Hope, tutoring and the Special Olympics.

Deborah Bowers is an art teacher in the Lee County School system, and is teaching art as a component of the science and history curriculum. She has years of experience working with all ages across the country, and internationally. She is working with the 1st – 3rd graders.

They are also joined each week by a total of 31 Junior Counselors (Grades 7 and up) who provide great mentoring and assistance to the teaching staff. On average there are four Junior Counselors every week, and many are former Inventor’s Summer Camp campers.Summer Camp Grades 1-3

Summer Camp Week 1 Grades 1-3

Summer Camp Grades 4-6

Summer Camp Week 1 Grades 4-6

Can you pick out Edison Ford teachers, summer interns and camp counselors in the grade level photos from the first week of camp?

 

FGCU Volunteers Working with Edison Ford Horticulture Staff

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 28th

     FGCU volunteers majoring in Biology are working with Edison Ford horticulture staff this summer. Their work will include plant care, propagation, and of course, working in the Garden Shoppe.

FGCU students in horticulture Katie Thomas, from Fort Myers, is a Junior at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and is majoring in Biology with her sights set on a medical career. Laura Longa is also in her Junior year and majoring in Biology. Both are pictured working at the new entrance to the Garden Shoppe.

They are enjoying working with Debbie Hughes and Janice Schmidt in the gardens and applying their academic majors. Edison Ford is proud to have the future generations already cultivating their future here.

To apply to be an intern at Edison Ford, fill out the Student Intern Application and the Student Intern Volunteer Contract and submit along with a resume that includes a written objective about why you want to intern at Edison Ford. CLICK HERE to download the application.

 

NEW Program – When Music was Magic . . . Edison’s Phonographs

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 27th
  • July 28, 29; August 4, 5 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

phonograph cylinder wax      Thomas Edison’s favorite invention was the phonograph.  Join Edisonia expert, visiting curator and author, John Kurdyla and retired machinist Fred Stebbins for hands-on presentations and demonstrations of the phonograph. Visiting from Padova, Italy, Kurdyla has one of the largest private Phonograph collections of Edison phonographs and is considered one of the top experts in the field of Edison recorded sound.

Program is free with paid admission and Edison Ford Members are FREE.

 

Director Tours to Start in October

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 26th
  • Saturday, October 17 – Historic, Watery and Artsy Punta Gorda

      The monthly Edison Ford Director Tours for 2015 – 2016 kick off in October with a full day in Punta Gorda, including a Narrated Trolley Tour of Historic Downtown, a cruise of Charlotte Harbor, Fisherman’s Village shopping, private lunch on the river, the Visual Arts Center for pottery demonstrations, and a tour of the Peace River Wildlife Center for Birds.

fishermans village cruises     Punta Gorda (Spanish for “fat point”) is located on the shore of Charlotte Harbor. It was founded in 1884, a year before Edison’s arrival in Fort Myers. Since the storms a few years, the town has undergone a beautiful restoration and we will learn about its importance and long history.

Our tour bus will depart from Edison Ford for this fun-filled day tour. Contact Nancy Achter at  nachter@edisonfordwinterestates.org or 239-334-7419 for further details.

 

     Edison Ford CEO Chris Pendleton has been appointed to represent the region on the Heritage and Nature Tourism Committee of VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism agency.

visit florida logo     Pendleton feels that “Southwest Florida is a unique part of Florida and is very rich in history and nature-based resources; we are a big part of the Florida tourism industry and a very different ‘Old Florida’ – a treasure to protect, preserve and be proud of.”

 

Preview of Volunteer Meeting and Lecture in August – Hurricane Preparedness

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 23rd
  • August 11, 10:00 a.m. – Lecture Hall in South Florida Water Management Building

WINK meteorologist Joey Sovine        Get tips on how to prepare and respond during emergency storm conditions from a pro, WINK TV News Meteorologist, Joey Sovine.

WINK Hurricane Guides will be available at the meeting with tips and advice for you and your family. Whether you are new to the area or even a longtime resident, it is a great way to become informed, make a plan and put your mind at ease.

 

NEW Exhibit in the Works … Scheduled to Open in January 2016

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 21st

     Almost 100 years after Edison, Ford and Firestone began their work to find a natural source of latex that could be grown in America, a new exhibit will open in the Edison Ford Museum to commemorate their work and the restoration of the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory adjacent to the museum.

The exhibit has been several years in the planning, and now is beginning to take shape in the museum, while the interested public watches it unfold. The photos below show a giant mural of the Edison Ford Banyan tree which is being completed by Exhibit Preparator and Artist, Megan Kissinger and her Intern /Assistant/Artist, Amanda Plummer.

Rubber exhibit july 2015rubber exhibit july 2015 megan painting

     The volunteers are getting in on the activity as they are working with Megan to create some of the components of the exhibit, like making seeds from polymer and baking in oven, faux seeds and pods from latex producing plants.

rubber exhibit volunteers july 2015

Come and visit in the months ahead as the curatorial staff and consultants move in other components of the exhibit.

 

NEW LOOK for Edison Ford Museum Store

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 19th

     If you haven’t been to the Edison Ford Museum Store lately, then it is time to come back! The Museum Store has a brand new look. There are new shelves, new displays and lots of new merchandise.

Local Artist Marie Dyer, known for her “Scarf Art” classes, colorful paintings and painted furniture at Edison Ford has beautifully hand-painted the shelves and cases with plants and trees found in the gardens and for sale in the Garden Shoppe. Each space in the store has been brightly painted by the very talented artist.

new look for museum store july 2015     The Museum Store has books on many Florida subjects, games for children, works of art by local artists like Marie, hostess gifts, jewelry and much more.