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Archive for July, 2014

President’s Update Chris Pendleton, President & CEO

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 29, 2014

One of our favorite projects at Edison Ford is the continuing program to replenish our historic trees. We call it the Sister Tree Project and donations to this are often made in memory of a loved one, commemorating a wedding or important event, or “just because” donors want to keep the landscapresident updatepe vibrant.

There is always a refreshment of the landscape going on here – not just on Arbor Day. An important part of the Edison Ford family legacy was their love of trees and plants. Many of these were also of great interest to them.

Recently we organized a project to add historic trees to the garden area near the new West Porch of the Museum. The trees will provide shade and have been selected from the inventory of trees that have been part of the gardens for the past 100 years.

I am delighted to tell you that 25 families recently contributed to this area and as a result we have begun installing the trees and will continue over the next few months. Please join us in thanking the following donors: Edward & Olive Abbott, Phyllis Bickerstaff, Phyllis Catron, Robert & Kathy Dean, Doris Delaney, Pauline Doane, Deirdre Duggan, Charles & Sass Edwards, Helen Haver, Jim Hopton, Tom & Toni Hottovy, Donna Johnson, Jamie & Jan Magirl, Cynthia Martin, Jerry & Helen McMillian, Steve Niehaus, Timothy & Pat Nolan, James & Nancy Owens, Chris Pendleton, James & Ginny Plummer, Duane & Holly Shaffer, Eldon & Mary Ann Shuey, Carlos & Susan Sierra, The GE Foundation, David & Karen Toothman, and Babu Mathew.

Some of the trees that we have planted in this location and in other locations on the property include: Banyan (near the back gate), Oak, Palm, Golden Kenyan Shower, Pink Shower, Vearawood, Yellow Geiger, Jerusalem Thorn, Pink Powder Puff, Yellow Oleander, Milky Way Tree, and Cecropia.

If you would like to donate a sister tree, tax deductible donations can be made year-round. The application is available at  www.edisonfordwinterestates.org or by calling Edison Ford at 239-334-7419.


Great Summer Reading in all Edison Ford Shoppes

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 24, 2014

Books and educational toys are the largest selling items in all three Edison Ford retail locations, including the Museum Store, Ford Cottage Shoppe and Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops.  For your convenience you can also shop online.

We pride ourselves on the wonderful collection of both fiction and non-fiction, including Florida history, Florida adventure, science and guidebooks, and books on inventions and biographies. Remember that Edison Ford Members receive a 10% discount.

Here are a few of our favorites and best sellers:

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Edison Ford MONTHLY UPDATE Available through EMAIL

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 21, 2014

If you would like to receive a copy of our monthly update through email instead of a paper copy, contact Darlene Hermey, Membership Coordinator at dhermey@edisonfordwinterestates.org or at 239-334-7419. The Edison Ford marketing staff sends out e-blasts a couple of times a month to members through email.

YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WILL NOT BE SHARED WITH ANY OTHER ORGANIZATION OR INDIVIDUAL. By receiving e-blasts, members get the latest Edison Ford news.


Registration for 2014 – 2015 Homeschool Classes Now Open

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 19, 2014

     Edison Ford offers a unique opportunity for homeschool families to learn science and history by exploring many of Edison’s inventions, ranging from electricity to movies. Each session follows the Next Generation Florida Sunshine State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards (Common Core). Parents will receive curriculum outlines for each class.

Homeschool july 2014      A NEW Robotics series is now available for grade levels 2 – 6. Students will be challenged to learn about electricity, circuits, computer coding and mechanics and apply their skills to building a robot that accomplishes a goal. Also, new this year is History of Technology for grade levels 1 – 6. Students will learn about history by recreating inventions of the past, and learn about their historical impact and about the inventors.

Each class for Robotics and History involves hands-on activities, and requires team work, critical thinking, problem solving and presentations from the students.

For a complete schedule of classes visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org. To register for classes call 239-334-7419.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $15 (one adult; one child); non-members $25 (one adult, one child). Each additional child $15.


2014 Edison Ford Inventors Summer Camp

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 18, 2014

    Edison Ford Inventors Summer Camp Program is now in full swing. This year technology and robotics will be expanded with a new Video Game Design Week, as well as an additional week of Robotics to meet the high demand.

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New this year is an illustrating and writing program where students become authors! Only two Summer Camp Sessions are still open:

Week 10:  August 4 – 8 “Edison Story Book Writing” and Week 11:  August 11 – 15 “Ford Story Book Writing”

Cost: Edison Ford Members $200; non-members $230. For more information call the Edison Ford Education Department at 239-334-7419.


River Excursions Aboard the M/V Edison Explorer

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 17, 2014

Coming this summer – members and visitors to Edison Ford will have the opportunity to enjoy a river excursion aboard the M/V Edison Explorer, departing from The Marina at Edison Ford. Aboard the newly built passenger vessel, guests will enjoy a river cruise with certified naturalists and historians from Pure Fort Myers and Edison Ford to learn the history of the Caloosahatchee, river ecology, and see dolphins, manatees, birds, and river life up close.

Daily river excursions are expected to begin later this summer and will depart throughout the day with a sunset cruise planned for early evening.

Check your mailbox for invitations to the grand opening event, when children will be admitted FREE to Edison Ford and will ride FREE aboard the M/V Edison Explorer. The event will also feature special tour discounts, prizes, food and a few surprises.

For more information visit Edison Ford or Pure Fort Myers online for updates on the opening and ticket information.Pure Fort Myers Edison Explorer


Director Tour to Asheville, Biltmore Estate and Blue Ridge Mountains

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 15, 2014
  • October 13 – 17, 2014

asheville      Join us for a five day trip to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains for tours that include a day at the Biltmore Estate, the Carl Sandburg Estate, Flat Rock Theatre, downtown Asheville galleries, museums and the spectacular Craft Museum on the Parkway. Fly direct from Punta Gorda to Asheville. Stay at the historic Grove Park Inn where Edison and Ford stayed a hundred years ago. For more information and to register contact Cori Cramsey at 239-334-7419 or email ccramsey@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Director Tours for the year ahead will include a several day visit to Key West, and day trips to historic Bok Sanctuary and Gardens, Sunken Gardens, Butterfly World and other Florida museums, historic sites and gardens. Become a Member to receive the Member discount!


Happy Birthday Henry Ford – July 30, 2014

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 13, 2014

Edison Ford will be celebrating the 151st birthday of Henry Ford with Fford and engineREE a
dmission to active and retired Ford Motor Company employees on July 30, 2014. Free admission includes a self-guided audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, lab and museum. Edison Ford will be offering a special behind-the-scenes tour of “The Mangoes,” the winter estate of Henry Ford and his family, beginning every half hour starting at 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Edison Ford Members are FREE; non-members behind-the-scenes tour is included in the price of a homes and garden tour ticket.


Museum West Porch Event Unveiling and Summer Concert with Friends

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 11, 2014
  • July 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The NEW 50×25 foot porch on the Edison Ford Museum will be dedicated with an evening event that includes continuous live music performed by some of the Edison Ford favorite guest artists and refreshments will be served. The Museum galleries will also be open for browsing.

The Museum West Porch is the first addition to the Museum in 30 years and will add a beautiful new covered space to the gardens and allow easy access to the gallery areas.

Members should RSVP to 239-334-7419.

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Making Music and Sound, Museum Hands-On Demonstrations

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 10, 2014

Using a reproduction of Edison’s original phonograph, visitors will enjoy working with Edison Ford Curators and Site Historians Brent Newman, Matt Andres, Jim Niccum and Guest Curator, John Kurdyla to reproduce sound.

Thomas Edison with his “tin foil” phonograph model, 1878

Thomas Edison with his “tin foil” phonograph model, 1878

In 2014, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates was given a working prototype of the first Edison phonograph, which was crafted by machinist, Bill Miller. The device records sound on metal foil which can be played back to show how the vibrations and the sound are recorded and music is created.

The audience will be invited to take part in this hands-on science demonstration and learn about the many types of phonographs which are in the Edison Ford Museum collection.

Seating is limited; reservations are requested by calling 239-334-7419. Groups of 15 or more may book a demonstration on selected dates and times.

Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members included with admission to the Lab and Museum.