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Edsel Ford II Visits Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 28th

On October 27, Edison & Ford Winter Estates was honored to host a visit from Edsel Ford II who was accompanied by a film crew for the production of a video for the Ford Dealerships.

edsel ford visits     This is the second time that Mr. Ford visited the Fort Myers Ford Estate in the past few years and he noted the continuing improvements to the Ford Estate in Fort Myers. He was joined for lunch by members of the Edison Ford Board of Trustees and CEO Chris Pendleton. The topics were lively and included the quadricycle that Edison Ford is in the midst of building and the on-going restoration work at Edison Ford and at Ford’s Fair Lane Estate in Dearborn and the Edsel Ford Estate in Gross Pointe. The new collaboration of all of the Ford properties is benefitting the Ford legacy and public programming for all.

Mr. Ford also learned that his great grandfather Henry Ford was just inducted into the Florida Inventor’s Hall of Fame through the work of staff at Edison Ford. He was visited by Edison Ford’s Clara and Henry Ford and Mina and Thomas Edison, as well as students from the Edison Ford Robotics Camp, and the public.

Edison Ford Gift Card for the Holidays

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 27th

Give a Membership, the Gift of Tickets, Education Programs or a Shopping Spree in the Museum Store or the Garden Shoppe

Members already know that as a Member of Edison Ford there are lots of benefits, such as discounts on tours, Museum store, Garden Shoppe, programs, Inventor’s Summer Camp, and Homeschool.

Did you know that you can purchase an Edison Ford gift card through our online store to give to friends or family members? This is a great way to become involved with the nifty Edison Ford Gift card shown here.

gift card back





Mina, Clara & Friends … Tea & Conversation

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 25th

Tea house ladies     The next Tea & Conversation will be December 10. To register contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Registrar at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419 as space is limited and fills up quickly. Groups can schedule at other times (additional cost, subject to availability).

Cost of the program includes full access to the Edison Ford Estates, the Laboratory, Museum and Museum Shops. Edison Ford Members $15; non-members $25.

Hats and historical attire welcome. Men, too!

henry ford 4      The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Starfive Transport carefully moved a 1919 Model T Ford to its new home in the window of the Edison Ford Shoppe At Bell Tower Shops. A modern day Henry Ford helped with the move along with curators.

“The Edison Ford Shoppe is moving to a larger store at Bell Tower due to its success during the past few years at our current location,” says Edison Ford President Chris Pendleton. She adds, “It is a winning combination to include exhibits, classes, programs and related retail at an active shopping center like Bell Tower.

We will have more space to include a large class area for art, science and history programs for adults and children. It is very exciting.”

The Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower opened in the new location on November 10.

Contact Edison Ford at 239-334-7419 for more information about classes, tours and other activities or visit our Web site. The Edison & Ford Winter Estates main location at 2350 McGregor Boulevard is an award-winning historical, garden and scientific site with a 60 year history of public programs and tours.

Monthly Update Available by Email

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 23rd

     If you would like to receive a copy of our monthly update through email instead of a paper copy and help Edison Ford defray the cost of a paper mailing and save on postage, contact Darlene Hermey, Membership Coordinator at 239-334-7419 or email dhermey@edisonfordwinterestates.org. We will also include limited e-blasts of special program announcements throughout the month, so Members get the latest Edison Ford news sooner.

     Your email address will not be shared with any other organization or individual. We keep our Members safe and secure. 

Membership News

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 22nd

     Beginning in October all NEW Members and all Members that RENEW their membership will receive four complimentary tickets to be given to their family or friends. These tickets will be included in your membership packet that is mailed out to you. Remember that Members always receive a 10% discount in the Museum Store, Cottage Shoppe, Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops, Garden Shoppe and on Director Tours and other programs.

If you have any questions regarding Membership contact Darlene Hermey, Membership Coordinator at 239-334-7419 or email her at dhermey@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Holiday Nights Decorating Teams

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 21st

HN GE Decorators     The decorating team for the upcoming Holiday Nights Season (November 27, 2015 – January 3, 2016) includes the following talented design teams who work with the Edison Ford curators to create the installation of furnishings, decorations and lighting that reflect the 1920 – 1930s. Thank you!

American Institute of Architects Florida Southwest, Bell Tower Shops, Bennett’s Fresh Roast, Edison Festival of Light, Edison Park Neighborhood Association, Florida Power & Light, Florida Weekly, Fort Myers Beach Chamber, General Electric, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Hope Hospice, LCEC, Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau, Norris Home Furnishings, Open Door Shops, Pinchers, Pure Naples/Pure Fort Myers, Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, Shell Point Retirement Community, St. James City Volunteers with Brinson Family, SWFL International Airport – Paradies Shops, TLC Engineering, The Nest, Thomas A. Edison Congregational Church, The Marina at Edison Ford, True Tours, WGCU Public Media, Williams Sonoma.

Winter Inventors Camp at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 20th
  • December 21 – 23 & December 28 – December 30, Physics – Grades K – 6th

summer camp 2010 balloonsStudents will learn about forces and Newton’s laws of motion and the fundamentals of Physics in these three-day camps. They will be introduced to the concepts of physics and apply them to experiments like water-rockets, Bernoulli balls, straw rockets and helium balloons!

Cost: Edison Ford Members $120 (per three-day camp); non-members $140 (per three-day camp). For more information or to register contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Registrar at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call her at 239-334-7419. Visit our Web site to download registration forms.

Edison Ford Members – Early Registration – Inventors Summer Camp

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 18th

summer camp robot     Early registration for Edison Ford Summer Camp will become available beginning December 2015 to Members only. Registration for the general public opens in January 2016. Camps are separated by grade levels, 1st – 3rd and 4th—6th. Become a Member and sign up early as camps fill up quickly.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $220; non-members $250. For more information or to register call Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Registrar, at 239-334-7419 or email Leeanne at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.


November Great Book Picks in the Museum Store

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 17th

     Thomas Edison, Mina Edison, and Henry Ford have all been the focus of news stories recently. Monthly, the Curatorial Staff will pick books on timely topics or current events.

Key Lime Cookin’ – by Joyce LaFray.

book key lime cookin     If you’ve ever tried a Key Lime, you know it has a refreshing taste and bouquet unlike regular limes. Their delicious flavor, a hint of sweetness with a blend of tartness, is truly tantalizing to the taste buds. Food critic, lecturer, and author Joyce LaFray has compiled over 50 recipes for those of us who can not get enough of the delicious fruit. Recipes include delicious desserts, enticing entrees and even a whole chapter dedicated to key-lime inspired beverages.

Edison and Ford in Florida – by Mike Cosden, Chief Curator; Brent Newman, Assistant Curator; Chris Pendleton, President Edison Ford.

Edison & Ford in Florida Book     This new book includes many photographs and much information about the two legendary inventors and Fort Myers residents as well as background on the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, their homes, the museum, laboratory and the new non-profit Board of Trustees that has responsibility for the site and the legacy of the two men.

There is a book signing scheduled for November 22 at Edison Ford and also at dozens of locations, lectures and book signings in the region. Get your signed copy now.

Great for holiday and gift giving, visiting family and friends and home reference.

The Inventor’s Secret – What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford – by Suzanne Slade and Illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt.

book Inventor's Secret   Young Henry Ford and young Thomas Edison had a lot in common – especially their curiosity, early inventions and eventual collaboration. This is a very well took book about the youngsters, illustrated beautifully and with lots of encouragement for young readers.

Each of these books, and many more, are available in the Edison Ford Museum Store, Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops and on our Web site.

 Be on the lookout for next months Great Book Picks!

Remember Members receive a 10% discount!