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Animation: Week 3 of Estates Inventors’ Summer Camp

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 28th

This week’s summer camp is all about animation!  See what the campers have been up to:

Doug McGregor from www.dougcreates.com teaches campers about cartooning and creativity!

Creating characters to animate

Minute sketches to get us in our right mind.

There are still some openings this summer.  For more details on Estates Inventors’ Summer Camp, visit our website : http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/education/summer-camp2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
293-334-7419

Photo attachment: The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is open on July 4th with discounts to Lee County resident;,  the Edison children, Charles, Theodore and Madeleine celebrate, July 4, 1902. Historical photo credit:  Thomas Edison National Historical Park. 

Celebrate Edison’s Favorite Holiday, July 4th with half price admission to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

      Fort Myers, FL (June 27. 2011)- The Fourth of July is believed to have been Thomas Edison’s favorite holiday and the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is celebrating the day with half priced admission for Lee County residents.

      On the Fourth of July, Edison would devote the entire day to his children, waking up early in the morning to set off fireworks.  The family would celebrate the holiday with  American favorites – watermelon and ice cream.

An invoice dated in 1893 lists the elaborate purchases the Edison family made for their Fourth of July celebration.  Written on the bill, “This Bill Is For Fireworks Only,” and included two dozen packages of Electric Torp., one Dragon’s Nest, one Devil Among the Tailor, one Surprise Box, one Floral Fount(ain), one (dozen) Rockets, one (dozen) 10 B.R. Candles, 1 lb. Colored Fore, and one Firework Balloon 20 ft.  It is also believed Edison’s favorite variety of firecrackers were the ones he invented and created himself, that had a little more TNT added!

The Estates is honoring Edison’s enjoyment of the holiday with half priced admission to Lee County Residents throughout the day.  Visitors must show proof of residency. The half priced admission ticket is good for all Estates tours including the new Site Historian Tour and Edison Ford Young Inventor’s Tour.

In addition, the Estates will be displaying artwork by internationally known artist Leoma Lovegrove.  Edison, A Yankee Doodle Boy, are a new series of five pieces honoring Thomas Edison.  Lovegrove’s artwork will be available for purchase including incandescent light bulbs, prints, note cards and original artwork.

The Estates is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The Estates is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Spaceships & Rockets: Week 2 of Estates Inventors’ Summer Camp

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 22nd

All week, the summer campers at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Inventors’ Summer Camp have been working on Spaceships & Rockets!

Check out some photos of their fun!

We needed 2 liters for our rockets, but we had to empty them first. So we expelled their diet soda contents by dropping Mentos into them!

You can't have a Spaceships & Rockets Camp with ALIENS! Our visitors were terrified!

Our solar viewer allows us to look directly at the sun to identify sunspots!

There are still some openings this summer.  For more details on Estates Inventors’ Summer Camp, visit our website : http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/education/summer-camp2

July Events at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 22nd

July is a time for celebration here at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. This month, we’re not only celebrating our nation’s independence, but also the birthday of one of Fort Myers’ most famous snow birds: Henry Ford.

This 4thof July, join us with half priced admission to the Estates for all Lee County residents. There’s no better way to celebrate our independence than learning about two of the fathers of American Innovation.

The Mangoes Behind the Scenes

Henry Ford turns 148 on July 30! In his honor, we will be opening his winter estate, aptly named “The Mangoes” for behind the scenes tours every half hour beginning at 11 a.m. and the last one at 3 p.m. These special tours are included in the price of the Complete Estates Tour ticket, and as always are FREE for Estates Members.

Even though school is out for the summer, like Thomas Edison, we believe education should never take a break. The Estates Inventor’s Summer Camp is in full swing.  Registration is still open for your budding rocket scientist, film maker, animator, engineer, science detective, or inventor. Camps are open for grades 1st – 6th and sessions are separated by grade levels, 1st – 3rd and 4th – 6th. The Estates Inventor’s Summer Camp schedule is the following:
 NEW Super Solar Scientists July 5 – July 8
ESI – Edison Science Investigation, July 11 – July 15 
Movie Making Magic, July 18 – July 22 
Kitchen Chemistry, July 25 – July 29
NEW Smarts in Art, August 1 – August 5
Space is filling up fast, so don’t delay with some camps already full. Cost for Estates Members is $200; non members $230.  Scholarships are available.
Registration forms can be found online by clicking here or may be picked up at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates at2350 McGregor Blvd.  For more information contact the Estates Education Department at 239-334-7419.

Free Educators Day

Students aren’t the only ones continuing their education this summer; Teachers, School Support Staff, and Children can partake in a Free Educators Day at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Admission is free and includes the opportunity to register for a variety of activities involving science, engineering, chemistry, history and art, teacher training and special tours. Registration is recommended by calling the Estates Education Department at 239-334-7419.  Teachers and school staff must present a school issued identification badge to receive free admission, children must be accompanied by a paid adult.

At the heart and soul of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, lies a dedicated team of Volunteers that give tirelessly day in and day out. Come be a part of the team. Volunteer opportunities are available in various positions ranging from docents, to office work, to gardening. We even offer internships to students pursuing their degrees. On July 12, at 9:30 a.m., join the Estates curatorial staff and learn about the new EstatesMuseumexhibit, “Into the Wild:  Edison, Ford & Friends” as well as volunteer opportunities, policies and general Estates volunteer information.  This is a regular monthly volunteer meeting and mandatory training for all new Estates volunteers but potential volunteers are welcome. 

Come see the Estates in a whole new light. The history doesn’t stop after the tour, there are always new ways to see the Estates.  We are now offering four new tour options to the Edison and Ford experience:

  • NEW German Language Tour, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
    For German speaking visitors we are now offering a German language tour led by an Estates Site Historian on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.  The tour includes the historic homes, gardens, and Edison Botanic Research Laboratory all in German. 
  • Behind the Scenes Tour, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
    Come enjoy a behind the scenes tour inside the Edison and Ford homes.  These unique tours are offered at no cost to Estates Members and $40 for non members.  Due to the intimate nature of the Behind the Scene Tours space is limited and registration is required. 
  • Estates Botanical Tour moves to Saturday mornings, 10 a.m.
    The Estates Botanical Tours will continue to be held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. but will change from Friday mornings to Saturday mornings at 10 a.m.  The tour includes a walk through the historical gardens, and a behind the scenes tour of the Estates Propagating Nursery led by Estates horticultural staff.  Cost for the tour is FREE for Estates members; non members, $24 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 -12.  You can also upgrade your ticket for $6 to include a self-guided audio wand tour of the historic buildings andEstatesMuseum. 
  • Edison Ford Young Inventors Tour, Sunday – Friday 10 a.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    The Edison Ford Young Inventor’s Tour is a hands-on Museum experience for children focusing on the inventions of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Children will learn how the inventions of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford work and have the opportunity to operate historic education artifacts including the light bulb, recorded sound, assembly line and rubber research.  The tour is offered on a first come, first served basis and includes admission to the Lab and Museum.  Estates Members are FREE; non members $12, $5 children ages 6 -12, children five and under FREE.  Tickets are available at an additional cost to upgrade to a complete Home and Gardens Estates Tour. 

Visit our new website for news, upcoming events, purchasing tickets and memberships, renewing memberships and shop on line at the Estates Museum Store and Garden Shoppe. 
The Estates is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Visit the web site at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs – July 2011

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 17th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
293-334-7419

Photo attachments: Lee County residents receive half price admission on July 4th includes homes, gardens, lab and air-conditioned Museum; come celebrate Henry Ford’s 148th birthday with a behind the scene tour of his winter estate.   

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs – July 2011

Fort Myers, Florida (June 17, 2011) – July at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with the return of a Free Day for educators, kids and school support staff, Henry Ford’s Birthday and half price admission to Lee County residents on the Fourth of July, as well as a variety of special exhibits, children and adult programs, throughout the month.  The July schedule of programs and events include:

Estates open July 4th with half price admission to Lee County Residents
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates will be open the Fourth of July from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with half price admission to Lee County residents.  Visitors must show proof of residency.

Monthly Volunteer Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation, July 12, 9:30 a.m.
Join Estates curatorial staff and learn about the new Estates Museum exhibit, “Into the Wild:  Edison, Ford & Friends” as well as volunteer opportunities, policies and general Estates volunteer information.  This is a regular monthly volunteer meeting and mandatory training for all new Estates volunteers but potential volunteers are welcome. 

FREE Day for Educators, Kids and School Support Staff, July 23, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Science…Engineering… Chemistry…History… Art…Teachers and kids will receive FREE admission throughout the day as well as the opportunity to register for a variety of activities involving science, engineering, chemistry, history and art, teacher training and special tours.  Registration is recommended by calling the Estates Education Department at 239-334-7419.  Teachers and school staff must present a school issued identification badge to receive free admission, children must be accompanied by a paid adult. 

Happy Birthday Henry Ford, July 30
The Estates will be celebrating the 148th birthday of Henry Ford with behind the scenes tours of “The Mangoes,” the winter estate of Henry Ford and his family, every half hour beginning at 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.    The behind the scenes tour is free to Estates members, and is included in the price of a homes and garden tour ticket.  

Registration for Edison & Ford Winter Estates Inventor’s Summer Camp 
For budding rocket scientists, film makers, animators and science detectives, registration is still open for Estates Inventors’ Summer Camp at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Camps are open for grades 1st – 6th and sessions are separated by grade levels, 1st – 3rd and 4th – 6th.  Cost for Estates Members is $200; non members $230.  Scholarships are available.  Several camps are full, call the Estates for more information on availability. 

The Estates Inventor’s Summer Camp schedule is the following:
 NEW Super Solar Scientists July 5 – July 8
ESI – Edison Science Investigation, July 11 – July 15 
Movie Making Magic, July 18 – July 22 
Kitchen Chemistry, July 25 – July 29
NEW Smarts in Art, August 1 – August 5

Registration forms are available on line at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org   or may be picked up at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates at 2350 McGregor Blvd.  For more information or to sign up contact the Estates Education Department at 239-334-7419.

NEW German Language Tour, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
For German speaking visitors, the Estates is now offering a German language tour led by an Estates Site Historian on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.  The tour includes the historic homes, gardens, and Edison Botanic Research Laboratory all in German. 
  
Behind the Scenes Tour, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
Visitors will enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour inside the Edison and Ford homes.  These unique tours are offered at no cost to Estates Members and $40 for non members.  Due to the intimate nature of “Behind the Scene Tours” space is limited and registration is required. 

Estates Botanical Tour moves to Saturday mornings, 10 a.m.
The Estates Botanical Tours will continue to be held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. but will change from Friday mornings to Saturdays mornings at 10 a.m.  The tour includes a walk through the historical gardens, and a behind the scenes tour of the Estates Propagating Nursery led by Estates horticultural staff.  Cost for the tour is Estates members, FREE; non members, $24 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 -12.  Visitors may upgrade their ticket for $6 to include a self-guided audio wand tour of the historic buildings and Estates Museum.  Group botanical tours are available at a discounted price and may be scheduled throughout the week by calling 239-334-7419. 

Edison Ford Young Inventors Tour, Sunday – Friday 10 a.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Inventor’s Tour is a hands-on Museum experience for children focusing on the inventions of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.  Children will learn how the inventions work and have the opportunity to operate historic education artifacts including the light bulb, recorded sound, assembly line and rubber research.  The tour is offered on a first come, first served basis and includes admission to the Lab and Museum.  Estates Members are FREE; non members $12, $5 children ages 6 -12, children five and under FREE.  Tickets are available at an additional cost to upgrade to a complete Home and Gardens Estates Tour. 

The Estates is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The Estates is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

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The Estates has received a grant  from the Florida Legislature through the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, assisted by the Florida Historical Commission.

Eager Engineers: Day 4 at the Estates Inventors’ Summer Camp

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 16th

Tomorrow, our Eager Engineers will graduate from Estates Inventors’ Summer Camp!  Congratulations!

Future Engineers

Estates Inventors’ Summer Camp: Eager Engineers

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 14th

It’s day 2 already of Eager Engineers at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Inventors’ Summer Camp & the campers are having a blast!

There are still some openings this summer.  For more details on Estates Inventors’ Summer Camp, visit our website : http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/education/summer-camp2