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NEW Spanish Language Tours at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 24th

Media Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
293-334-7419
Photo attachment:  The Edison & Ford Winter Estates will be offering Spanish language Site Historian led tours beginning October 23 

NEW Spanish Language Tours at the
Edison & Ford Winter Estates

press packet photos 003 NEW Spanish Language Tours at the Edison & Ford Winter EstatesFort Myers, FL (October 21, 2011)-For Spanish speaking visitors, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is now offering a Spanish language tour led by a bilingual Edison Ford Site Historian on Sundays at 2 p.m. beginning October 23, 2011.  The Spanish language tours will continue throughout the year.

“Southwest Florida hosts several Spanish speaking visitors each year and it is appropriate for the Edison Ford to accommodate them by offering tours in their language,” says Chris Pendleton, president & CEO.  “The new tour gives our Spanish visitors a unique experience to learn firsthand about the lives and accomplishments of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and their families.”

The Spanish language tour includes a guided tour of the Edison Ford historic homes, gardens, and Edison Botanic Research Laboratory led by a bilingual Site Historian.

Tickets for the Spanish language tour are $25 for adults, $15 for children ages 6 – 12 and  reservations are not required.  Groups of 20 or more (with advanced reservations) can be scheduled any day of the week, although are subject to availability.   Maps in German, French, Spanish and English are free with purchase of any Edison Ford admission.

The Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The Edison Ford 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.

Media Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
293-334-7419
Photo attachment:  Amy Bennett Williams will be at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, October 22; Amy Bennett Williams book Along the Caloosahatchee River

Book Signing and Reading with Author Amy Bennett Williams at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

  Book Signing and Reading with Author Amy Bennett Williams at the Edison & Ford Winter EstatesFort Myers, Florida (October 18, 2011)- Join Amy Bennett Williams, journalist and editor of Tropicalia magazine and author of Along the Caloosahatchee River at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, October 22, at 1 p.m. Williams will be signing books and reading  her favorite excerpts from the book.

Arcadia Publishing describes Williams’ book as “the story of the ancient mastodons that once roamed its shores, the 19th century entrepreneurs who bent it to their wills, and the celebrities [including Thomas Edison and Henry Ford] who have relaxed on its waters.  Richly illustrated with historical images and observations, Along the Caloosahatchee River chronicles the life of the singular waterway that joins the heart of Southwest Florida to the Gulf of Mexico and beyond.”

October events 004  Book Signing and Reading with Author Amy Bennett Williams at the Edison & Ford Winter EstatesWilliams’ book is available for purchase in the Estates Museum Store or online at the Edison Ford website http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/store/Books/.

The Edison Ford 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.

Edison & Ford Annual Calendar of Events 2011 – 2012

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 19th

Media Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Photo attachments:   Edison & Ford Holiday Nights; Education programs, tours  and classes for children;  Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival

Edison & Ford Annual Event, Program and Class Calendar 2011 – 2012

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA (October 12, 2011)- The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is open year-round, seven days a week, offering traditional tours and creative programs to expand the usage by visitors and community members. The interpretation of the site honors the legacy of the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford families through science, history, arts and education programs, lectures, special events and activities.

Edison and Ford changed the world with their inventions, pioneering the automobile industry, movies and film, lighting and electricity, sound and communications.  They were lovers of the arts, devoted naturalists and futurists in their vision.  Following the legacy of the two world renowned entrepreneurs, there are vast opportunities to explore their life interests and work.

The following calendar of activities is also updated regularly on the website:

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November 3 & 17 – Emerging Inventors Early Learning Class
November 5 – Etiquette Class for Children
November 8 – Volunteer Program and New Volunteer Orientation
November 8, 15, 22 – Homeschool Class “Cartooning with Doug MacGregor”
November 9, 10, 11, 12 – Edison & Ford Holiday Nights Decorating
November 9 – Edison Ford Science Fair for Homeschool and Virtual Students
November 11 – Veteran’s Day – Free admission to Veterans and their families
November 12 – Edison Ford Garden Talk, “Growing Citrus”
November 16 – Boat Tours from Captiva Island to Edison Ford resume for season
November 6 & 18 – Homeschool Class, 1 – 6th grade
November 17 – Edison Ford Annual Meeting for Members
November 19 – “The Past in Paintings: Edison & Ford Era” exhibit opening
November 19 – Floorcloth Painting Class with artist Marie Dyer
November 19 & 20 – Edison Garden Market annual plant sale
November 30 – “Children’s Tree Trail Opening” with Lee County Schools

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December 1   – Edison & Ford Holiday Nights Opening Party
December 1 & 15 – Emerging Inventors Early Learning Class
December 2 – 31 – Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, open nightly until 9p.m.
December 10 – Edison Ford Garden Talk, “Holiday Container Gardening”
December 13 – Volunteer Program Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation
December 14 & 16 – Homeschool Class, 1 – 6th grade
December 18 – Culinary Arts, Authors and Artists Night
December 27 – 30 – Holiday Science Camp, 1 – 6th grade

January 2012
January – Edison Ford Inventor’s Summer Camp registration begins
January – Exhibit opening “Thomas Edison, Lewis Latimer and the Light Bulb” with the Black History Museum
January 5 & 19 – Emerging Inventor’s Early Learning Class
January 10, 17, 24 – Homeschool Class, “Cartooning with Doug MacGregor”
January 10 – Volunteer Program Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation
January 13 & 14 – Botanical Illustration Class in the Gardens with Megan Kissinger
January 14 – Edison Ford Garden Talk, “Seasonal Winter Plants”
January 14 – Day of Discovery at Florida Gulf Coast University
January 16 – “Cartooning with Doug MacGregor:  Innovators and Inventors” Class, (grades 4 -12)
January 18 & 20 – Homeschool Class, 1 – 6th grade
January 21 – Director’s Tour to Palm Beach, Flagler Museum and Society of the Four Arts
January 22 – Tropical Florida Bridal Fair

February 2012
February 1 – Thomas Edison Favorite Photo Exhibit and Contest
February 2 & 16 – Emerging Inventors Early Learning Class
February 2 & 3 – Strolling Flower Show at Bell Tower Shops, Edison & Ford Winter Estates/Periwinkle Garden Club
February 4   – Annual Edison Ford Antique Car Show
February 4   – Etiquette Class for Children
February 10 & 11 – Botanical Illustrations in the Gardens with Megan Kissinger
February 11 – Edison’s Birthday Celebration and Downtown Tour
February 11 – Floorcloth Painting Class with artist Marie Dyer
February 11 – Edison Ford Garden Talk, “Rainbarrels”
February 11 – Etiquette Class for Children
February 12 – Edison Festival of Light Junior Parade
February 13 – 17 – Edison Mucker Lab Shows
February 14 – Volunteer Program Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation
February 14 – Edison Ford Sweetheart’s Valentine Celebration
February 15 – Opening Ceremony for completion of Edison Botanic Laboratory
February 15 & 17 – Homeschool Class, 1 – 6th grade
February 18 – Director’s Tour to St. Petersburg, Dali Museum, Fine Arts and Chihuly Museum
February 18 – Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade:  Edison Ford/High Tech Central Float
February 19 – Edison High School Band and Show Choir from Milan, Ohio Performances
February 26 – Art in Bloom – Edison Ford and Fort Myers/Lee County Garden Council

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March 1 & 15 – Emerging Inventors Early Learning Class
March 3   – Floorcloth Painting Class with artist Marie Dyer
March 9 & 10 – Botanical Illustration Class in the Gardens with Megan Kissinger
March 10 – Edison Ford Garden Talk, “Heritage Butterfly Plants”
March 10 – Girl Scout Badge Program
March 13 – Volunteer Program Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation
March 14 & 16 – Homeschool Class, 1 – 6th grade
March 17 – Director’s Tour to Clewiston
March 30 & April 1 – Black Maria Film Festival with Edison State College

April 2012
April 5 & 19 – Emerging Inventors Early Learning Class
April 10 – Volunteer Program Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation
April 14 – Edison Ford Garden Talk, “Storm Scaping”
April 14 – Director’s Tour to Lake Wales, Bok Tower and Pinewood Estate
April 15 – May 25 – Art in the Gardens opening with Lee County School Art Teachers & Students
April 20 – An Incandescent Evening
April 18  & 20 – Homeschool Class, 1 – 6th grade
April 28 – Educators and Kids Free Day

May 2012
May 5   – Girl Scouts Badge Program
May 8   – Volunteer Program Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation
May 12 & 13 – Edison Ford Mother’s Day Brunch
May 12 – Edison Ford Garden Talk, “Summer Vegetable Gardening”
May 13 – Mother’s Day – Free Admission to mothers
May 16 & 18 – Homeschool Class, 1 – 6th grade
May 28 – Memorial Day – Free Admission to Veterans and their families
May 29 – August 2012, Edison & Ford Inventor’s Camp begins

June – September 2012
June 9   – Edison Ford Garden Talk, “Hot Plants for the Summer”
June 12 – Volunteer Program Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation
June 17 – Father’s Day – Free Admission to fathers
July 10 – Volunteer Meeting and Orientation
July 14 – Edison Ford Garden Talk, “Heritage Tropical Fruits”
July 30 – Henry Ford’s Birthday
August 11 – Edison Ford Garden Talk, “Orchid Care and Repotting”
August 14 – Volunteer Meeting and Orientation
September 11 – Volunteer Meeting and Orientation

Contact the Edison Ford at 239-334-7419 to confirm schedule or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org for the latest news and information. All dates and times are subject to change.

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.

Steve Jobs: The Thomas Edison of Our Generation? Examining The Analogy

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 19th

The untimely death of beloved Apple founder & CEO Steve Jobs earlier this month spurred a slew of articles comparing him to Thomas Edison, not to mention Henry Ford and Walt Disney. Jobs himself listed these men amongst those who inspired his work.

The New York Times made the comparison, along with BBC’s World Have Your Say, which invited Edison & Ford Winter Estates President & CEO Chris Pendleton to contribute to the program as a guest panelist (image below) during an hour-long international broadcast.

While there is no denying the impact both Edison and Jobs had on modern culture, does this analogy hold water? You decide:

  • LEADERSHIP:  Thomas Edison famously surrounded himself with “muckers:” an intelligent, hard working crew of critical thinkers. The Edison muckers provided a think-tank of great minds. Jobs emulated this style of team throughout his career.
  • EMPHASIS ON RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT: Both men invested and relied heavily upon research and development to provide new technological breakthroughs. Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory was in many ways a prototype for the type of research and development department Jobs would later utilize.
  • ACHIEVING THE SEEMINGLY IMPOSSIBLE: When Edison first premiered the phonograph, the device seemed so implausible to some listeners that they believed he was a well-trained ventriloquist. Twentieth century consumers were similarly stunned by innovations like the early Apple personal computers and later, the iPod and iPhone.
  • CULTURAL INSIGHT AND IMPACT: Both Edison and Jobs played a part in dramatic shifts in twentieth century culture. Edison helped to shape the music and motion picture industries that Jobs, in turn, influenced almost a century later. Similarly, Edison was involved in the creation of modern communications industry which Jobs later revolutionized.
  • INNOVATION ACROSS MULTIPLE FIELDS: Jobs impacted the computing, technology, telecommunications, and entertainment industries, amongst others. Edison’s sphere of innovation extended even further, touching dozens of different industries including those mentioned above, as well as botany, electronics, chemistry, mining, and the cement industry.
  • SIMPLICITY OF DESIGN: Jobs famously refined the designs of a variety of products, from cell phones to mp3 players. Edison also appreciated simplicity of design, continually reworking products to be simpler and more efficient.
  • WORLD-CLASS MARKETING MINDS: Edison and Jobs both understood and mastered the crucial role of marketing in releasing innovative new products to the public.
  • PATENTS: Jobs held over 300; Edison, over 1,000. Edison’s friend and winter neighbor Henry Ford, to whom Jobs has also been compared, held more than 100 patents.
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World Have Your Say visits Naples and invites Edison & Ford Winter Estates President & CEO, Chris Pendleton, as a guest.

 

Want to know more? Read Inventing the Century by Neil Baldwin (available in our Museum Store) for an in-depth look at the cultural impact of Edison’s inventions. Or check out our recommended reading list.

 

Mrs. Edison’s Old Fashioned Recipe for Hickory Nut Cake

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 18th

Old Fashioned Recipe for Hickory Nut Cake

 Thomas Edison’s favorite, according to a letter from John Randolph, dated April 2, 1903.

1 ½ cups of sugar
1 cup of butter scaint
1 cup of milk
3 cups of flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
8 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pint chopped nuts
1 ½ cups pulverized sugar

Cake  Mix sugar and butter scaint until a cream.  Combine with milk, flour, baking powder, 6 egg whites beaten very stiff and vanilla.  Ad the nuts, mix all together and bake in a moderate oven.

Frosting  Let 1 ½ cups pulverized sugar boil until when put in cold water it becomes brittle.  Beat the 2 egg whites until very stiff and add the sugar and beat until it gets cold.  Flavor to taste.

recipe book Mrs. Edisons Old Fashioned Recipe for Hickory Nut Cake
The Edisons’ recipes
were written during their lifetime, therefore the directions, measurements and styles of the recipes reflect the period in which they lived and their personal tastes.  Because the recipes are original for the times, you will want to read them carefully and experiment liberally.  We know you will enjoy a look at heir lives as well as their scrumptious recipes.

Our collection of vintage recipes can be found in Edison’s Family & Friends Recipes which is available in the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Museum Store or online at http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/store/Edisons-Family-Friends-Recipes.html.