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Edison Botanic Lab Becomes A National Chemical Historic Landmark!

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 16th

Lab May 2014     On May 25, 2014 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Edison’s Botanic Research Laboratory will receive official national designation as a National Chemical Historical Landmark in a public ceremony presided over by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and Edison Ford.

The afternoon will include the unveiling of the plaque designating the site, continuous “Inside the Lab” tours led by curators and scientists, and lots of family-friendly chemistry demonstrations led by the Edison Ford Wild Wizard, Chemists and Scientists from ACS. The event is FREE.

Edison Ford President & CEO, Chris Pendleton, is proud of the Lab’s million dollar restoration over the past few years and the quest to understand what went on in the Lab and why the work is nationally significant.

“Because of Edison’s contribution to chemistry, we have been designated as the first site in Florida and only one of a few in the nation. We are a scientific site as well as a beautiful estate and garden,” says Pendleton.

As the primary research site, the Edison Ford curatorial team and our consultants in Fort Myers worked with two other sites, West Orange, New Jersey (Thomas Edison National Historic Park) and Dearborn, Michigan (Edison’s Menlo Park Lab at Greenfield Village) who will also be commemorated later in the year. “It was in Fort Myers that Edison was able to establish the seed collection system, raise the rubber plants, harvest them, formulate the chemical process and invent new processes and machinery to support the project,” says Edison Ford Chief Curator, Alison Giesen.


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Edison Botanical Research Laboratory

National Historic Chemical Landmark Celebration


May 25, 2014 – Edison & Ford Winter Estates

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Event Open to the Public


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