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NEW Oral History Project begins at Edison Ford with Helen Hendry

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 11, 2012

Helen Hendry with Edison Ford President & CEO Chris Pendleton

Stories of the Past, an oral history of Edison Ford began in April with the premier of the exhibit  “Helen Hendry, Florida Landscape Architect and Horticulturist”.  Throughout her career, Helen took part in many significant landscaping projects including the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and is one of the nation’s leading experts on South Florida plants.  She and the Hendry family created new varieties of bougainvillea and developed the Jim Henry Hibiscus, one of the most popular selling plants today.

Helen’s collected memoirs and historical photos have been captured in a 30 minute video that is available for viewing in the Edison Caretaker’s House until May 14.  The Edison Ford is collecting oral histories of involved residents to preserve the history of the Edison and Ford family legacies.  These oral histories will be preserved in Edison Ford archives and will be available for viewing upon request.

Helen Hendry with Berne Davis

Plans are underway to collect the recorded history of Berne Davis, resident, community leader and friend of Mina Edison.

If you would like to contribute a tax exempt gift to provide funding for the Oral History Project contact the Edison & Ford Winter Estates at 239-334-7419.

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