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Happy 169th Birthday Thomas Edison

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 6th

Edison Wild Wizard, Thomas Edison and Robot Edison will be present at Edison Birthday Party
● February 11, 10:00 a.m. – Edison Ford Museum West Porch
Edison 169 birthday collageThe Edison Festival of Light activities are centered around Edison’s achievements in science and time honored traditions like parades and Edison’s Birthday Party at Edison Ford.

This year, the birthday program will include a science presentation by the Edison Wild Wizard, by Thomas Edison and accompanied by the new Robot Edison, who will drive around and dance.

The program will include performances by the dance and violin student groups from the Edison Park School for the Creative and Elementary Arts. Of course, there will be birthday cake and singing. Seating is limited so come early and enjoy the program. In case of rain, the entire program will move indoors.

Volunteer Meeting and Lecture – Thomas and Mina Edison Photo Memories

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 5th

● February 9, 10:00 a.m. – South Florida Water Management Building
jan and jamie by the riverIn honor of Thomas Edison’s birthday month, join Jan and Jamie MaGirl (Thomas and Mina Edison living history volunteers) for “Photo Memories with Thomas and Mina.” Mr. and Mrs. Edison will share and discuss some of their favorite pictures of their life in Fort Myers through a photo album and PowerPoint slides.

For more information on how to become a volunteer, contact Holly Shaffer or Bobby Feldman, Volunteer Coordinators, at 239-334-7419.

Homeschool Programs 2016

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 4th

Edison Ford offers a unique opportunity for homeschool families to learn science and history by exploring many of Edison and Ford’s inventions ranging from electricity, the assembly line 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.

February 8 & 12 – Force & Motion/Physics LEGOS, Grades 1st – 3rd, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.; Grades 4th – 6th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Students will learn about the forces and Newton’s laws of motion and the fundamentals of physics. They will be introduced to concepts of physics and apply them to experiments with LEGOS and larger systems. homeschool robotics pearce

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.

Piano Performances at Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 3rd

In honor of Thomas Edison’s February birthday month, there will be FREE performances at the Edison Ford Shoppe on the historic Edison piano which is located there. To tie into the Edison era, music will include Scott Joplin, and other ragtime and Edison family favorites. The informal performances will be presented by Colleen Brady, former music faculty and teacher, who is a member of the Joplin Society. charles edison pianoGovernor Charles Edison is pictured here playing his 19th century Hallet, Davis & Co. piano which is now located at the Edison Ford Shoppe at the Bell Tower Shops along with other artifacts related to the Edison and Fords including a 1919 Model T. Mina and her son Charles were both accomplished pianists and music was very much a part of the lives of both the Edison and Ford families.

The public is invited to sit, browse or stop in our Edison Ford Shoppe. Piano performances will be from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on February 6, February 20, and February 27.

Edison Ford Annual Antique Car Exhibition 2016

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 2nd

● February 6, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Thomas Edison’s Birthday celebration continues all month long at Edison Ford. Edison Ford will host the annual Edison Ford Antique Car Exhibition.

car show mysore figMore than 100 antique cars will be on exhibit from local car clubs and classic car owners in a fitting tribute to the legacy of Henry Ford, the pioneer of the automobile industry and a winter resident of Fort Myers. Car owners will be on-hand to visit with guests and answer questions.

In addition to the car exhibition, there will be informal tours with Henry and Clara Ford, live entertainment by Flash Back and Everglades BBQ will be providing food, including breakfast, for purchase.

car show hoods openAdmission: Edison Ford Members Free; non-members $20. (Presale tickets are available for purchase by contacting Leeanne Criswell.) For more information or to register contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or 239-334-7419.

President’s Update ~ Chris Pendleton, President & CEO

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 1st

The start of season is always an exciting time for Edison Ford. We have just completed restoration work to the Edison Guest House including painting the building and re-roofing, as well as work to the Edison Caretaker’s House, Little Office and Edison Main House. So the historic buildings are looking very refreshed.

We will now turn our attention to the construction of the Edison River Pavilion in the Coconut Grove with an expected completion before “summer storms” or the onset of the 2016 Inventor’s Summer Camp. We have been planning and waiting for this project for a long time. It will provide important resources for more outdoor programs, rentals, and even musical performances during the daytime operating hours and for sunset viewing.

Edison statue in new galleryThe new exhibits in the Edison Ford Museum are receiving great reviews by visitors. By the time this goes to press, the new exhibit, Edison & Rubber: A Scientific Quest, will be open to the public. This will complete the work in the Hall of Invention which is also home to the new exhibit, Edison and Ford in Florida, as well as some quirky Edison and Ford souvenirs.

visitor browsing new gallery visitors in new gallery

Edison Ford Emerging Inventors – Ages One – Pre-K

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 31st

● February 4 & 18 – 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. – LEGOS
Emerging Inventors will build with LEGOS, practice team work, read a LEGO story, build animals, and a number train.

emerging inventors stock photo boy buildingThe youngsters are joined by their moms, dads, and grandparents for the family learning experience. Many families bring a bag lunch or have lunch at the Banyan Refreshment Area with other families.

The program is directed by Deborah Bowers, Edison Ford faculty and art teacher, and Pearce Augustenborg, Edison Ford faculty and Mr. Wizard. Cost: Edison Ford Members $5 (one adult; one child); non-members $15 (one adult; one child). Each additional child is $5.

To register call Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 or email Leeanne at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

“Ask the Curator”

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 30th

• Wednesdays – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Participants are encouraged to bring in related items for examination:

  • giant birthday cakeFebruary 3 – Edison’s Bright Idea – We all know that Thomas Edison invented the
    light bulb – or did he? Examine Edison’s contributions to the electric lighting industry with a historic reproduction of his first practical incandescent light bulb, an idea that transformed the world.
  • February 10 – Happy Birthday, Thomas Edison! Celebrate Edison’s 169th birthday with archival letters and photographs which document how the great inventor typically spent the day.
  • February 17 – Love Letters from “Dearie” to “Billie” Not generally known as a
    romantic, Thomas Edison’s diary entries and letters to his second wife, Mina, show a little known side to the innovator.
  • TAEModelTFebruary 24 – Henry Ford’s Birthday Gift to Thomas Edison In 1916, Ford
    presented Edison with a 1916 Model T as a birthday gift. Today, this iconic vehicle has become a symbol of the friendship of these two men, as well as of the Festival of Light Parade, of which it was a part of for many years.

Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members Museum and Lab ticket.

February Daily Programs in the Museum

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 29th

February daily programs

Mark Your Calendars – April 2017 Incandescent Gala

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 28th

Mark yIncandescent Evening 2007 019our calendars now to attend our FIRST Incandescent Gala to be held right here at Edison Ford on April 22, 2017, to celebrate our achievements in a grand and incandescent fashion.