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Summertime Volunteer Opportunities at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 29th

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Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
293-334-7419
Photo:  There are many opportunities to volunteer at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Volunteers Eldon and Mary Ann Shuey assist staff (center) Holly Shaffer and Bobby Feldman

Summertime Volunteer Opportunities at Edison Ford

Fort Myers, FL (June 29, 2012)The Edison Ford volunteer program includes more than 250 dedicated volunteers who contribute their talents and labor to every department and activity at Edison Ford.  Surprisingly, during the summer months our need for volunteers increases! Currently the Edison Ford is seeking volunteers for the following positions:  Museum docents, group tour docents, Lab docents, river cruise docents, gardening and horticulture, and office support.

Volunteers at the Edison Ford receive training from professional staff and enjoy many benefits including FREE membership.  The Edison Ford volunteer group is active socially and professionally with monthly volunteer lectures and meetings which provide an opportunity to hear guest speakers and learn more about the history, science, and arts that are reflected in the site’s legacy.

On July 10, at 9:30 a.m. join staff at the Volunteer Monthly Meeting.  The Legacy of Henry Ford’s Cars and Engines will be presented by Curatorial Staff that will discuss the life and legacy of Henry Ford as well as antique cars and early combustible engines.  The program will be held in the Edison Ford Museum and is open to current Edison Ford volunteers as well as prospective volunteers and the public.  For more information contact the Edison Ford Volunteer Department at 239-334-7419 or visit the website:  www.edisonfordwinterestates.orgfor a volunteer application.

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.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs – July 2012

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 27th

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

Photos: Happy Birthday Henry Ford, special programs throughout the month; Garden Talks, Tropical Fruits, July 14.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs – July 2012

Fort Myers, Florida(June26, 2012) –In addition to tours and regular activities at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, there are special programs and activities to engage both visitors and residents throughout the month.

July is highlighted with the a NEW Museum program and demonstrations; Henry Ford’s birthday celebration; Garden Talks, the continuation of the Edison Ford Tour, Lunch & River Cruise on Wednesdays and Thursdays; as well as a variety of other special programs throughout the month. Call 239-334-7419 for additional information.

The July schedule of programs and events include:

Fourth of July at Edison Ford, July 4

Edison Ford is celebrating the Fourth of July in a big way this year with tours throughout the day, visits with the Edisons and Fords, river cruises on the Caloosahatchee with environmental experts from Captiva Cruises (11 am, noon and 1 p.m.) and an all-American BBQ lunch at the Royal Palm Yacht Club. Cost: Edison Ford Members, $30; non members, $45; children ages 6 – 12, $40. For more information call 239-334-7419.

Garden Talk –Tropical Fruits, July 14, 9 a.m.

Throughout the Edison Ford gardens tropical fruits are plentiful with many typical varieties of fruits known to thrive in Florida including mangoes, avocados and starfruit; and several lesser known varieties including black sapote, Barbados cherry and lychees. Join Edison Ford horticultural garden staff and learn varieties that are best suited for Southwest Florida and how to plant for success and enjoy the “fruits” of your labor. Reservations not required. Edison Ford Members are free, non members $5. Participants will receive 20% off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.

Monthly Volunteer Meeting, July 10, 9:30 a.m.

Edison Ford curatorial staff will discuss The Legacy of Henry Ford’s Cars and Engines in the Edison Ford Museum. The meeting is open to current Edison Ford volunteers as well as prospective volunteers and the public. For questions and additional information contact the Volunteer Department at 239-334-7419.

NEW PROGRAM – When Music Was Magic…Edison’s Phonographs, July 16, 20, 23, 27; 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m.

Thomas Edison’s favorite invention, of the 1,093 patents he held his lifetime, was the phonograph. Join Edisonia expert and author, John Kurdyla and curatorial volunteer Fred Stebbins for hands-on presentations and demonstrations of the phonograph. Visiting from Padova, Italy Kurdyla has one of the largest private collections of Edison phonographs and is considered one of the top experts in the field of Edison recorded sound. Program is free with paid admission and Edison Ford Members are FREE.

Happy Birthday Henry Ford, July 30
July 30thmarks the 149thbirthday of Henry Ford and the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is celebrating the day with antique car program lectures, Museum demonstrations, and 10% off Ford items in the Museum store and Ford Cottage Shoppe.  Join Edison Ford curatorial staff at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. for a presentation on The Legacy of Henry Ford’s Cars and Engines in the Edison Ford Museum.  Lectures are free with paid admission to the Edison Ford Museum and Lab.
Follow us on Twitter @EdisonFordFL during the month of July for a Henry Ford quote of the day.

NEW FOR SUMMER Edison Ford Tour, Lunch, & River Cruise,
Wednesdays and Thursdays (throughout the day, weather permitting)
Visitors to the Edison Ford will enjoy an audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, Museum and Lab; boat cruise on the Caloosahatchee River as well as tour of the river with naturalist commentary; and buffet lunch at the Royal Palm Yacht Club, overlooking the river. Cost:  Adults $45; Children 12 and under $35.

NEW Edison Ford Garden Tour,
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Join Edison Ford horticultural garden staff to experience the 20 acres of gardens of the Edison and Ford families in a whole new way.  Thomas Edison designed the gardens of his winter estate for many purposes including research.  Mina Edison, a leader in community garden and beautification councils, planted for beauty.  The new tour combines the history of the site and landscape, as well as advice on gardening from expert staff.  Cost:  Edison Ford Members FREE, non members $40, tour includes audio wand.

Edison Ford Inventor’s Summer Camp

Registration is still open for Edison Ford Inventor’s Summer Camp.  Camps are separated by grade levels, 1st– 3rdand 4th– 6th.  Students in the 7thgrade and above can qualify as Summer Camp counselors.  Registration:  Edison Ford Members, $200; non members $230.
July 9 – 13                   Eager Engineers (waiting list)
July 16 – 20                 Time Travelers
July 23 – 27                 Physics in Motion
July 30 – August 3        Smarts in Arts & Science

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.

Looking for something different for your next business or association meeting? The Edison & Ford Winter Estates offers a unique alternative for community groups planning their upcoming meeting schedule.  With a one-of-a-kind and historical setting as a background, there are opportunities for ‘business only’ meetings or options to include tours, programs, entertainment and food.

Customized options available for daytime or evening meetings include:

  •  Half day or full day rental of the Edison Caretaker’s House
  • Private guided tour with lunch on the Ford Riverside Lawn
  • Specialty tours such as Behind-the-Scenes Tours, Garden Tours, and Caloosahatchee River Cruises
  • Customized programming to fit the needs of your organization including workshops, presentations, and lectures on a variety of topics from the expert curatorial, horticultural, and historian Edison Ford staff

Call the Edison Ford Events Department today to customize your next meeting! 239-334-7419 or corporate@edisonfordwinterestates.org

Edison’s Coconut Grove, overlooking the Caloosahatchee River and Edison’s Pier, is ideal for larger daytime functions.

The charming Edison Caretaker’s House is the perfect indoor location for small groups and business meetings and has been updated with air-conditioning, track lighting, high-speed internet, and a screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainy days at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 25th

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

Photos: Edison Ford Museum open daily, rain or shine and offers hands-on Museum demonstrations throughout the day

Rainy days at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Fort Myers, FL (June, 25, 2012) The Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Southwest Florida is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. Summer weather can be unpredictable and the Edison Ford is enjoyed by all ages, even in rainy conditions.

Everyday the 15,000 square foot, air-conditioned Museum is open, filled with inventions, artifacts and archives. Galleries include, “Into the Wild: Camping Adventures with Edison, Ford and Friends;” Smithsonian Institute “Edison After Forty;” “Music Movies and Dance;” and much more. Regular hands-on Museum demonstrations of Edison inventions are led by Edison Ford historians. Visitors can also tour the newly restored Edison Botanic Research Laboratory.

Tours of the homes and gardens continue throughout the day unless thunder is present and until it passes visitors can explore the Museum, watch a film in the movie galleries, participate in hands-on demonstrations and tour the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory.

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.

Summertime Volunteer Opportunities at the Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 25th

The Edison Ford volunteer program includes more than 250 dedicated volunteers who contribute their talents and labor to every department and activity at the Edison Ford.  Surprisingly, during the summer months our need for volunteers increases with more indoor activities for groups and individuals!

Currently the Edison Ford is seeking volunteers for the following positions:

  • Museum docents – demonstrate hands-on artifacts in Museum Galleries
  • Group tour docents – work with visiting groups and summer camps
  • Lab docents – provide tours of the restored Lab
  • River Cruise docents – assist with river cruises program, tours and lunch at the Royal Palm Yacht Club
  • Gardening and horticulture volunteers – work with the Garden Shoppe and in the Propagating Nursery, the orchid collection and organic vegetable  gardens
  • Office support volunteers – in the Museum, Education and Membership offices

Volunteers at Edison Ford receive training from professional staff and enjoy many benefits including FREE membership. The Edison Ford volunteer group is active socially and professionally with monthly volunteer lectures and meetings which provide an opportunity to hear guest speakers and learn more about the history, science, and arts that are reflected in the site’s legacy.

For more information contact Holly Shaffer or Bobby Feldman at 239-334-7419 or visit our website: www.edisonfordwinterestates.org for a volunteer application.

 

Fourth of July at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 20th

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

Photo attachments: Celebrate Fourth of July at the Edison Ford with tours, river cruises and BBQ lunch

Fourth of July at Edison Ford

FORT MYERS, FL (June 19, 2012)The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is celebrating the Fourth of July in a big way this year with special tours, visits with the Edisons and Fords, river cruises on the Caloosahatchee and an all-American BBQ lunch at the Royal Palm Yacht Club.

Both Henry Ford and Thomas Edison celebrated the Fourth of July, in fact Edison claimed it was his “favorite holiday.” 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 Fire, 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!

Edison Ford is honoring Edison’s enjoyment of the holiday with tours throughout the day; river cruises of the Caloosahatchee led by environmental experts with Captiva Cruises at 11 a.m. 12 and 1 p.m.; and an all-American BBQ at the Royal Palm Yacht Club from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Buffet lunch will include chicken, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, watermelon, ice tea, and desert. Cost: Edison Ford Members, $30; non members, $45; children ages 6 – 12, $40. For more information call 239-334-7419.
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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.

Edison Ford Antique Car Restoration Project Continues

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 13th

In the past few years, the automotive department of South Fort Myers High School has successfully completed a very unique new restoration program to several of the antique car collection of Edison Ford.  In the upcoming months, they will undertake restoration of the 1929 Model A which has been moved to a secure garage bay at the high school site.

The project is under the direction of the Edison Ford curatorial staff and Jim Moss, Automotive Faculty at South Fort Myers High School.  So far, the completed cars include the 1917 Model T Truck which is on display in the garage by the Ford house and the 1937 Ford Coupe which is on display at Page Field Airport.

Retired school superintendent, former principal and Edison Ford Tour Historian, Bud McKendrick, has been involved since the beginning and sees great value in the students’ learning about basic engines and also in their follow up involvement as volunteers at the Edison Ford for auto events and programs.  We agree and thank Jim, Bud, our curatorial staff and the regional car clubs and projects which provide financial support.

 

Thanks for Summer Camp Scholarships

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 13th

Edison Ford Inventor’s Summer Camp competitive scholarships have been awarded to students with the support of individuals and businesses in the community. The awards were made May 15 to a group of students who submitted an application with a paper on why they enjoy school, science, history and art, a recommendation from their teacher or principal, and parent support letter.

Support for the scholarship program for Inventor’s Summer Camp is being provided by $250 contributions from the following donors:

Boca Grande Women’s Club, Wayne & Carol Bryan, George M. Cox Trust, Margaret Crishal, Berne Davis, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Dean, Martha Dean, Charles & Sass Edwards, Forestry Resources, Inc., Fort Myers Lee County Garden Council, Helen Hendry, Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens, Melvin & Fred Morgan, Chris & Nat Pendleton, Periwinkle Garden Club, MaryAnn Sedlock, Marion Smith, Mr. & Mrs. Tom Smoot, Sue Stedman, Marge Warren

If you would like to donate an Inventor’s  Summer Camp Scholarship or if you would like to apply, please contact the Edison Ford Education Department at 239-334-7419.

 

Looking for the PERFECT Father’s Day Gift?

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 13th

The Edison Ford Museum Store, Ford Cottage and Garden Shoppe all have a variety of items for every Dad!

Books, such as Randy Wayne White’s Ultimate Tarpon Book and other literature Dad’s will enjoy, Model T carsneckties, hats and original artwork from Florida artists are available in the retail shops.

A gift of an Edison Ford Membership lasts ALL YEAR LONG and includes unlimited visits to Edison Ford as well as free and/or discounted admission to more than 600 reciprocal museums and gardens throughout the nation. Edison Ford Members receive a 10% discount in all Edison Ford retail shops.

 

President’s Update JUNE 2012

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 13th

Chris Pendleton President’s Update for May 2012Chris Pendleton, President & CEO

Summer 2012 marks six years that the new non-profit organization has been at the helm of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. The accomplishments have been steady and numerous, but one of the most significant has been the growth and development of education programming throughout the site as well as off-site.

As a commitment to STEM education for our students (Science + Technology + Engineering + Mathematics = STEM), there were many new programs in science and engineering this past year. This is a very appropriate way to continue the legacy of Edison and Ford and also help reinforce school classroom curriculum.

This included the Wild Wizard school year program on Engineers and Engineering. Through a total of $75,000 in grants from GE and Don and Arlene Keehan, as well as our own operating revenues, the Edison Ford engineering and science staff presented a dynamic hands-on program demonstrating careers and principles of chemical, mechanical, electrical, environmental and civil engineering. This reached a five county service region with almost 20,000 students and teachers who participated in the shows and also the teacher in-service.

The Edison Ford also participated with Lee County Schools to present STEM opportunities to Fort Myers Middle Academy which included in-school classes, programs at the Edison Ford and summer camp counselor placements. This $22,000 magnet school grant was through the US Department of Education and will continue for the next two years and include Teacher In-Service.

And of course, the original Inventor’s Summer Camp, which started seven years ago with two weeks of summer programming, has expanded to week-long camps throughout the summer with 60 students a week participating. It has outgrown the classroom in the Edison Caretaker’s House and now includes classroom areas in the Edison Garage, the Museum and wherever we can find space on the site. The photo of the first week of camp participants also includes Patron (and Chemical Engineer) Don Keehan who visited the Solar Energy Camp. He was pleased and we are very proud of our education staff and volunteers.

As the warm summer months progress, please remember that we are a great warm weather destination with hands-on demonstrations and new exhibits in the Museum, river cruises on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and of course, the beautiful and restored gardens, homes and lab of Edison and Ford for touring and enjoying.

I look forward to reporting to you next month on our College Student Summer Interns, as well as plans for the new Museum West Porch and designs for the Education & Innovation Center.