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President’s Update ~ September 2013

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 30th

president report     This September the Edison & Ford Winter Estates finishes up its 7th year as an independent non-profit business. We have come a  long way since we first leased the site from the city in 2006. Steady growth but also economic stability marked this year for us.

      The overall change since 2006 has been phenomenal; these days we take it all in stride adding continued excellence to the visitor experience as well as our program for the schools and ongoing stewardship of the historic buildings and gardens.

membership card and lanyard      Our membership is approaching 7,000 in total with about 2,000 member groups.  We love to see the membership lanyards on our visitors as we know that they are returning participants for tours and programs. We are now adding a special discount rate for teachers (Pre-K thru 12th grade with valid ID) who will receive 20% off on all membership level fees. It is a great program as it includes a very innovative reciprocal component that extends free admission to hundreds of other museums, historic sites and gardens.

      With the historic buildings and gardens all restored, our activity on-site is now for regular cyclical conservation. It is hard to believe that we are now five years beyond the initial major $10 million restoration. For this year, that will mean our first major work to the roofs of all of the historic buildings, as well as painting the Edison main home and guest house. As usual, the property will remain open throughout the work and will be open for all to watch and learn.

      The continued improvement to our Edison Ford Museum will be a major focus in the months ahead with the construction and expansion of the Museum West Porch scheduled for this fall and the new Friendship Path II scheduled for early 2014 in conjunction with the new Museum West Porch.  We are excited about this because the community will have a chance to create their friendship stone for the porch area (and to take home).

 

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