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Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts Programming 2015 – 2016

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 9th
  • October 17 – 10:00 a.m. – Noon; April 23 – 10:00 a.m. – Noon; May 14 – 10:00 a.m. – Noon

    scouts october 2015 tyler and camden    Working with scouting at Edison Ford can be traced all the way back to the days of Thomas Edison and his children. Today, the historic site is perfect for a variety of badge topics in science, history and the arts. Currently the most sought after topic is computer science and engineering.

In coordination with regional scouting programs, Edison Ford is offering a variety of computer related topics throughout the year. Scout leaders may call to schedule special dates for groups of more than 15 scouts. The scouts will learn the history of basic computer literacy and computer coding along with basic terms and concepts. Scouts will write code using SCRATCH to make a character talk, move and interact with its environment. Contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Registrar, at 239-334-7419 or email lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org for more information.

2015/2016 Director Tours Start with Historic Punta Gorda

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 8th

punta gorda     Director Tours start off with a great insider’s tour of historic Punta Gorda and a private cruise of Charlotte Harbor and the Peace River. There will also be time for shopping at the downtown Farmer’s Market, lunch at the Yacht Club and seeing the recently completed riverfront parks, and of course, Fisherman’s Village.  Transportation from Edison Ford is provided by Naples Transportation & Tours and in Punta Gorda by their historic trolley. Cost: $100 Edison Ford Members; $110 non-members. Tour includes lunch, snacks, and other related fees. Depart at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2015. Filling up quickly – Limited space is still available. Contact Nancy Achter at 239-334-7419 or nachter@edisonfordwinterestates.org to register or for more information.

  • sarasota directors tour ca' d'zanNovember 7, 2015 – Sarasota

Ringling Museum for a tour with Ron McCarty, Keeper of Ca’ d’Zan and Curator and the Sarasota MOD installation of the historic Paul Rudolph Walker Guesthouse Replica near the rose garden by Architect & Curator, Joe King.

  • December 12, 2015 – Palm Beach 

Private garden and estate tours through the Palm Beach Garden Club, lunch at a Palm Beach restaurant and Society of the Four Arts for garden and museum tour of the Charleston, SC furniture and art show.

  • Rod & Gun ClubJanuary 9, 2016 – Everglades City

Private tour of historic Everglades City, tour of the Rod & Gun Club and Smallwood Museum. Private lunch and airboat ride in the Everglades.

  • Maritime MuseumFebruary 13, 2016 – Cortez

Tours of the Maritime Museum, Boat Works, and the local fishing village. Lunch at the Star Fish Company on the waterfront.

  • March 12, 2016 – Homestead/Redlands

Area tours of the local nurseries and agricultural areas for exotic plants including orchids and edibles, private tour of the Fruit & Spice Park and Schnebly’s Winery for the behind the scenes tour and wine tasting.

  • Columbia RestaurantApril 23, 2016 – Tampa

Tour of the New Tampa Museum of Art, tour of the Ybor City Cigar Factory, and lunch at the famous “Columbia Restaurant” in Ybor City.

  • May 14, 2016 – Lakeland

Private tour and on-campus luncheon at Florida Southern College and Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture.


Volunteer Meeting and Lecture – Edison and Ford in Florida and Director Tours

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 7th
  • Edison & Ford in Florida Book October 13, 10:00 a.m. – South Florida Water Management Building – Lecture Hall

        Join us for a special program about the recently published book: Edison and Ford in Florida, featuring authors, Mike Cosden, Brent Newman and Chris Pendleton. This book features never before seen pictures and a comprehensive look at the two friends life in Florida. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

In addition Chris Pendleton, President & CEO, will be giving a presentation about the upcoming Director Tours.

The program will also include an update on Edison Ford activities and is open to current volunteers and the general public who are interested in becoming a volunteer at Edison Ford. For more information call 239-334-7419 or visit our website.

Homeschool Programs 2015 – 2016 Begin in October – Register Now

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 6th

Every Monday & Friday – Morning & Afternoon Classes

homeschool october 2015     Edison Ford offers a unique opportunity for homeschool families to learn science and history by exploring many of Edison’s inventions ranging from electricity to movies.

Each session follows the Next Generation Florida Sunshine State Standards (Common Core). Parents will receive curriculum outlines for each class. Parents are required to attend and participate in the class with their student. A parent may bring non-disruptive younger siblings who must remain seated with the parent at all times.

  • October 12 & 16 – Earth Science/Geology, Grades 1st – 3rd 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.; Grades 4th – 6th 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Students will study the Earth. They will understand the structure of the Earth and its surface features, what causes earthquakes and tsunamis, and why volcanoes form and erupt. Students will learn about the history of geologists and geographers that shaped the field. They will also learn about minerals, which form the building blocks of rocks, and how rocks are made and destroyed. They will observe rocks and create fun experiments to create safe volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Classes are limited in size and first-come first-serve.

To register email Leeanne Criswell at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419. Cost: Edison Ford Members $15 (one adult; one child); non-members $25 (one adult; one child). Each additional child is $15. Full payment is required at the time of registration and no refunds are possible due to material costs.

NEW Exhibit Opens in October

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 5th
  • marie dyer moonlight gardenOpens October 11, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

      A new exhibit entitled Tropical Gardens, Tropical Flowers opens in the Edison Caretaker’s House. This exhibit features modern photographs by renowned photographer Manfred Behr, as well as historic photographs, modern illustrations and paintings. All works focus on a theme important to the lives of the Edison and Ford families in Florida: the tropical gardens and flowers which surrounded them and document their love for the outdoor environment.

Manfred Behr     Manfred Behr lived in Europe for four decades before moving to Western Canada and finally Florida, where he published a travel magazine for 11 years. Behr has won numerous accolades for his work, including the American Advertising Award and “Florida’s Finest” award from the Governor of the State of Florida.

Prints and postcards by Manfred Behr are available in the Museum Store, Ford Cottage Shoppe, and the Edison Ford Shoppe at the Bell Tower Shops and his works are part of the Edison Ford Collection.

Visitors can email their photos of Edison Ford Flowers to Marketing@edisonfordwinterestates.org or post them on our Facebook page.  Your photos will be included in an ongoing video in the exhibit.


“Ask the Curator”

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 2nd
  • Burroughs Wednesdays – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Every week we will focus on a historical artifact from the Edison and Ford era including furniture, inventions, clothing, machinery, books, etc. The topics will vary monthly so you can focus on your interests.

The topics for October are:

  • October 7 – 1916 Model T Ford with Registrar Matt Andres and Automotive Curator James Moss
  • October 14 – Rubber Extraction Machine in Lab with Registrar Matt Andres
  • October 21 – Who was John Burroughs (books on display) with Registrar Matt Andres and Curatorial Assistant Andrew Scheip
  • October 28 – Research Results unveiled (Henry Ford Museum Trip) with Registrar Matt Andres and Chief Curator Mike Cosden

We plan to also have an “Appraiser’s Afternoon” scheduled periodically as part of this ongoing program. Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members Museum and Lab ticket.

Daily Tours and Programs for October

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 30th

October 2015 Daily

Edison Ford Emerging Inventors Early Learning

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 29th

     Early Learning Classes called “Emerging Inventors” are designed for one – three year old children and their parent or grandparent. Emerging Inventors is designed for youngsters to familiarize them with a variety of topics while exploring the site. The activities include socializing with others, science and other educational activities, story time, singing, crafts and exploring the homes, gardens and museum at Edison Ford. Many families bring a bag lunch or have lunch at the Banyan Café with other families. Every month is a different theme and each session will introduce science through activities and time to tend the Emerging Inventors Vegetable Garden!

  • Pumpkin Party 010October 1 & 15, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Pumpkin Party

Emerging Inventors get into Halloween fun with a trick-or-treat walk around Edison Ford, along with learning about the moon and stars in the night sky and painting pumpkins.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $5 (one adult; one child); non-members $15 (one adult; one child). Each additional child: $5. To register call Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 or email her at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.



Edison Ford Information Center Gets TOP Recognition

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 28th

Info BoothOfficial VISIT FLORIDA Information Center Designation

     The Edison Ford Visitor’s Center has been named an official VISIT FLORIDA Certified Tourism Information Center (CTIC). It is one of only 30 Information Centers around Florida that has been designated by the Florida tourism agency known as VISIT FLORIDA.

VISITFLORIDA Certified Tourism Center logo     As an official Information Center, Edison Ford will be designated on the official Florida map (1 million distributed) and receive high visibility at all other official centers throughout the state.

That says a lot for the professional group of volunteers and staff who man the Edison Ford Information Center seven days a week, eight hours a day.

Visitors can find official Florida maps at the Information Center in addition to valuable information about regional attractions, way finding, accommodations and restaurants. Plus, the friendly, helpful and welcoming Edison Ford volunteers.


MEMBERS Mark Your Calendar

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 26th

Annual Member Celebration – November 15, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

monthly update

     Members will join Trustees, Staff and invited guests on the Ford lawn riverside to receive the Annual Report, enjoy live music for listening and dancing (optional dance lessons, too), tasty food and a cash bar will be available to purchase beer and wine. This will be a great event and time to meet with friends.


More details coming soon.