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Archive for July, 2013

Inventor’s Summer Camp Continues Through August 2nd

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 24th

summer camp pics

The Fords in Fort Myers

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 19th

     Henry Ford is most noted as the father of the automobile. He was one of the greatest innovators and inventors of our time holding 161 US patents. He was also a filmmaker, who was the largest producer and distributor of films; an early pioneer in sustainability and “green science” methods; as well as a collector; accomplished dancer; and marketer whose business practices set the standard for advertising and marketing today.

      One of Ford’s longtime vacation retreats was in Fort Myers, Florida. By the time Henry and Clara Ford purchased their Florida winter estate in 1916, they were already good friends of Thomas and Mina Edison, who owned the neighboring estate.Edison with Fords on porch

      Ford had worked for the Edison Illuminating Company in Detroit, Michigan as an engineer. Ford had met Edison for the first time in 1896 at a professional convention in New York City, where he had the opportunity to share his invention of the quadricycle. Edison showed special interest in how an electric spark was used to explode the gas in the cylinder. According to Henry Ford, Edison banged his fist on the table and encouraged Ford by stating, “Young man, that’s the thing; you have it! Keep at it!”

      Ford and his family first visited the City of Fort Myers in 1914 at the invitation of Edison to go camping in the Florida Everglades. This camping trip would be the first of many between the men over the next decade. Ford returned to Fort Myers two years later after he purchased the estate which was right next door to Edison’s winter estate. The purchase price was $20,000 for just over three acres of riverfront gardens and lovely Craftsman style bungalow. Ford would spend many winters here with his mentor and friend as their adjacent Florida estates would provide great getaways for the friends to relax, explore Florida, and of course, talk business and innovation.

      After Edison’s death in 1931, Ford seldom came back to Fort Myers. He sold the estate in 1945 to a private owner. In 1947 Mrs. Edison deeded the Edison estate to the City of Fort Myers to be open to the public. By 1988, the Ford estate was purchased for $1.5 million and opened to the public in 1990.

Education Programs Ahead – NEW Hands-on History Classes

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 15th

Registration Now Open for 2013 – 2014 Homeschool (K – 6th grades) at Edison Ford

homeschool wizard     The Edison Wild Wizard returns with a new series of science, engineering and history hands-on classes that will engage students, as well as NEW hands-on history classes with Professor Pearce. Following in the footsteps of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, homeschool students will learn through creativity and critical thinking. All Edison Ford homeschool classes are based on Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards as well as Florida Common Core Science Standards. Curriculum outlines provided to all registered parents. Cost: Edison Ford Members $10; non-members $20, $10 for each additional child. To register call Edison Ford at 239-334-7419.

 Homeschool Science:

 • Life Sciences: Bioengineering – October 7, 10, 11

Learn about organisms through a series of activities that introduce bioengineering.

  • Landforms and Landscapes – November 14, 15, 18

Learn about geotechnical engineering, erosion and deposition through activities and engineering projects.

  • Alternative Energy: Wind – December 9, 12, 13

Students become Mechanical Engineers using simple machines to make complex machines.

 • Rocks & Minerals January 9, 10, 13

Learn about the rock cycle and properties of rocks as students become Material Engineers.

• Sights and Sounds – February 10, 13, 14

Become Optical and Sound Engineers while learning about reflection, transmission and absorption.

• Electricity & Circuits – March 10, 13, 14

Students get hands-on with electricity, circuits, conductors, insulators and schematic designs.

• Alternative Energy: Solar – April 7, 10, 11

Students learn about transfer of energy, conservation of energy, thermal insulators, thermal conductors and the power of the sun.

Homeschool History:

• Becoming a Historian – October 7, 11

Hands-on history begins with research strategies and techniques and how to research a subject.

• Government – November 15, 18

Students will explore the formation and purpose of government throughout history.

• Economics – December 9, 13

Students learn how economics are managed by various entities and how they have motivated and defined the modern world.

• Citizenship – January 10, 13

Students explore the modern concept of citizenship. Rights, responsibilities, and civic duty will be discussed.

• Early Florida: VIVA FLORIDA – February 10, 14

From Saint Augustine to Thomas Edison, students discover the rich history of Florida, America’s first frontier.

• Modern Florida – March 10, 14

Students pull together key concepts such as government, economics, citizenship and early Florida history.

• The History of Technology – April 7, 11

This ambitious course delves into history by recreating the experiments and inventions that changed the course of history.

NEW Ford Exhibit Opens

•  July 30, All Day Activities 

     July 30th marks the 150th birthday of Henry Ford and the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is celebrating with a new exhibit, Henry Ford ,150 Years of Innovation; programs, presentations and cake!

      The NEW exhibit features Ford’s contributions to the automotive industry including several model T and ford statueof his 161 patents, a collection of historic photographs, as artifacts and Ford inventions. Henry Ford, 150 Years of Innovation highlights Fords’ interest in the Edison Botanic Research Corporation and well as includes his experiments with soy beans. The exhibit includes a replica of one of the antique American quilts from the Ford collection as well as other items that reflect the interests of the Ford family.

Activities include:

 • 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – NEW FORD EXHIBIT OPEN in the Edison Ford Museum

 • 10:00 a.m. – Antique Ford cars under the Banyan Tree

 • 10:00 a.m. – Ceremony and cake served in the Edison Ford Museum

 • 10:00 a.m. – NOON – Enjoy live Ford era music performances on the hammer dulcimer and fiddle    hammer dulcimer

 • 10:30 a.m. – Contra dance performance

 • 11:00 a.m. – Clara Ford Rose Garden Dedication at Ford estate

 • 11:30 a.m. – Behind-the-Scenes tour of Ford estate

 • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Gallery Talks: Henry Ford and his Inventions in the Edison Ford Museum

 • 2:00 p.m. – Car Talk: The Legacy of Henry Ford’s Cars and Engines in the Edison Ford Museum

      Visitors receive a 20% discount off Ford merchandise in Edison Ford retail shops including the NEW Edison Ford Shoppe in Bell Tower Shops on July 30th.

 Ford items in store

Clara Ford’s Rose Garden Dedication

● July 30, 11:00 a.m.

      Clara Bryant Ford, the wife of Henry Ford for 59 years, had a passion and love for roses. Fair Lane, the Michigan estate of the Fords, had more than 350 varieties of roses and 10,000 rose plants in their five acre garden.

      In honor of Mrs. Ford, Edison Ford horticultural staff installed a small historic rose garden at the Ford’s winter estate. The rose garden features antique and heirloom roses of the 1920s era, adapted to the southwest Florida climate.

     Mrs. Ford’s favorites were tea roses in shades of yellow and white. Alongside these, other soft pastel colors of pink and peach have been added as accents. The rose garden is designed to be viewed and enjoyed from the front porch of their estate, or by a short stroll along the path leading to the Edison Ford Friendship Gate. Rose varieties are for sale in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.

    Funding for the Clara Ford Rose Garden was provided by Peggy Campbell, great niece of Clara Bryant Ford.

Ford Facts

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 8th

Did you know . . .ford and engine

      •  Henry Ford was the founder of what is know today as Kingsford Charcoal  

      •  Henry Ford experimented with soy beans not only as a food source but created a suit and a car out of soy beans

     •  The Fordson Tractor was created by Henry Ford and became a mainstay on American farms in 1917       

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

                                                                                 – Henry Ford


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