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Media Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Images:  Edison at work in the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory in Fort Myers, Florida; Various consultants throughout the restoration of the Edison Botanic Research Lab.  For higher resolution or photos email lsbuttoni@edisonfordwinterestates.org

Edison Botanic Research Laboratory Restoration
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – February 15, 2012

Fort Myers, FL(January 25, 2012)On February 15, 2012 at 11 a.m. the Edison & Ford Winter Estates will be celebrating the completion of the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory restoration project with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony will include a behind the scenes lab tour with the Edison Ford trustees, staff, project consultants, officials and funding agencies.  The event is FREE to the public. .

The project to restore the 1928 Lab has been led by Edison Ford staff and consultants from throughout the country who restored this important historic building, recreated the historic scientific work that was accomplished by Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, and are giving “hands-on-science” a new meaning with a growing array of programs such as the “Wild Wizard” and Edison Mucker’s shows.

The three year restoration with overall funding of more than $900,000 provided building stabilization,  restoration of exterior siding, windows and roof, state-of-the-art fire suppression and alarm systems, new building access, as well as interpretation of the chemical lab and processing area, machine shop, plant processing, grinding room, darkroom and staff offices.

Funding and grants have been provided by the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Inc., Edison Ford Winter Estates Foundation, State of Florida, The 1772 Foundation, US HUD EDI Grants, and City of Fort Myers.  The lab restoration project is the culmination of more than $13 million in restoration and improvements which have been completed in the past decade with support from the State of Florida, City of Fort Myers, Lee County, National Trust for Historic Preservation and various local and national grants.  The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is a National Register Historic Site, a Florida Historic Landmark and original Save America Project of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the nation’s most visited historic home sites.

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
Attachment: Exhibit panel of “Thomas Edison, Lewis Latimer & the Light Bulb”

New exhibit, “Thomas Edison, Lewis Latimer & the Light Bulb” opens

 Fort Myers, FL (January 24, 2012)- The Edison & Ford Winter Estates has prepared a new exhibit, “Thomas Edison, Lewis Latimer & the Light Bulb” for the Black History Museum and the Lee County Black History Society.  The exhibit will open in time for Black History Month at the Black History Museum.  There is also a similar exhibit at the Edison Ford Invention Museum at the Edison Ford Winter Estates.

Lewis Latimer worked for, and with Thomas Edison for many years and also held many important patents himself.  Latimer was the son of former slaves and grew up in the era of invention of the light bulb and early communications.

The following materials highlight Latimers work in connection to Thomas Edison and the light bulb.  Contact the Chief Curator at Edison Ford Winter Estates, Alison Giesen at 239-334-7419 for additional images and insight into the exhibit.    To contact The Lee County Black History Society call Harriet Meyers at 239-332-8778.

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.

Florida Arbor Day January 20, 2012 at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 18th

Media Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
293-334-7419
Photo attachment:  Edison Ford celebrates Florida Arbor Day with tree planting on January 20, at 11 a.m.

Florida Arbor Day January 20, 2012 at Edison Ford
Fort Myers, FL(January 18, 2012) – Florida Arbor Day activities at the Edison Ford Winter Estates include tree plantings and student activities.  Florida Arbor Day is traditionally the third Friday in January and is celebrated throughout the Sunshine State with a variety of community based activities.

At Edison Ford, the site joins with members of the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council to celebrate the rare variety of trees located throughout the site’s historic gardens.  This year, Edison Ford will plant one of Thomas  Edison’s favorite trees, the coconut palm, in the allee along McGregor Boulevard.

The tree planting ceremony is scheduled for January 20 at 11 a.m. and the public is invited to join in at no charge.

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 attachments:  Corning Museum Roadshow at the Norton Museum of Art; Whitehall Estate, Palm Beach Director’s Tour with Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Corning Museum Roadshow added to Edison Ford Director’s Tour to
Palm Beach – January 21, 2012

 Fort Myers, FL(January 9, 2012)- The public is invited to join Edison & Ford Winter Estates President & CEO, Chris Pendleton and Curatorial Staff for a Director’s Tour to Palm Beach on January 21, 2012.

 Palm Beach in season has been a winter tour destination since Henry Flagler brought the railroad there a century ago.  Participants will tour the Flagler Museum and Whitehall Estate which has recently expanded to include the Henry Flagler railroad car and new gallery areas.  After lunch, the tour will move to the historic Society of the Four Arts Gardens, the adjacent Hulitar Sculpture Gardens, and the Norton Museum of Art to view the Corning Museum of Glass Roadshow.  The Corning Roadshow is of interest to the Edison Ford as the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory has an important historical collection of early Corning Glass as part of their collection.

 The Corning Museum Roadshow is the world’s premiere mobile glassblowing unit, a mobile “hotshop” at the Norton Museum of Art.  The Norton Museum is internationally known for its permanent collection featuring American, Chinese, Contemporary, European Art and Photography.

The cost of the tour is $85 for Edison Ford volunteers; $90 for Edison Ford Members, $95 for non-members and includes a charter bus ride, admission, lunch, taxes, gratuities, snacks and refreshments.  To make reservations call the Edison Ford at 239-334-7419.  Reservations are limited.

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.

Corning Museum Roadshow added to Palm Beach Director’s Tour

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 10th

Corning Museum Roadshow added to Palm Beach Director’s Tour
January 21, 2012

The Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow has been added to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Palm Beach Director’s Tour on January 21, 2012.

The Roadshow is the world’s premiere mobile glassblowing unit, a mobile “hotshop” at the Norton Museum of Art.  The Norton Museum is internationally known for its permanent collection featuring American, Chinese, Contemporary, European Art and Photography.

The Director’s Tour to Palm Beach also includes the Flagler Museum, Whitehall Estate, the Society of the Four Arts Gardens, Hilitar Sculpture Gardens, lunch, transportation, and admission to all exhibits and gardens.

Edison Ford Members:  $90
Edison Ford Volunteers:  $85
Non-members:  $95

For more information, visit: http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/events/upcoming-events/director-s-tour-to-palm-beach/

Call 239-334-7419 for reservations