Archive for July, 2015
Edison Ford full-time educators, Pearce Augustenborg and Nadia Kluesner have been joined this summer by three very talented individuals to assist in the Summer Inventor’s Camp.
Dylan Kluesner is a computer scientist planning to take on more graduate work and also a career in computer programming. He’s adding great strength to the summer program as he works with various computer applications with the campers and also to develop their own “app.”
Ashley Chamberlin is an FGCU student majoring in Elementary Education who is working with the 4th – 6th graders. She has volunteered with the Wings of Hope, tutoring and the Special Olympics.
Deborah Bowers is an art teacher in the Lee County School system, and is teaching art as a component of the science and history curriculum. She has years of experience working with all ages across the country, and internationally. She is working with the 1st – 3rd graders.
They are also joined each week by a total of 31 Junior Counselors (Grades 7 and up) who provide great mentoring and assistance to the teaching staff. On average there are four Junior Counselors every week, and many are former Inventor’s Summer Camp campers.
Summer Camp Week 1 Grades 1-3
Can you pick out Edison Ford teachers, summer interns and camp counselors in the grade level photos from the first week of camp?
FGCU volunteers majoring in Biology are working with Edison Ford horticulture staff this summer. Their work will include plant care, propagation, and of course, working in the Garden Shoppe.
Katie Thomas, from Fort Myers, is a Junior at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and is majoring in Biology with her sights set on a medical career. Laura Longa is also in her Junior year and majoring in Biology. Both are pictured working at the new entrance to the Garden Shoppe.
They are enjoying working with Debbie Hughes and Janice Schmidt in the gardens and applying their academic majors. Edison Ford is proud to have the future generations already cultivating their future here.
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- July 28, 29; August 4, 5 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thomas Edison’s favorite invention was the phonograph. Join Edisonia expert, visiting curator and author, John Kurdyla and retired machinist 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.
- Saturday, October 17 – Historic, Watery and Artsy Punta Gorda
The monthly Edison Ford Director Tours for 2015 – 2016 kick off in October with a full day in Punta Gorda, including a Narrated Trolley Tour of Historic Downtown, a cruise of Charlotte Harbor, Fisherman’s Village shopping, private lunch on the river, the Visual Arts Center for pottery demonstrations, and a tour of the Peace River Wildlife Center for Birds.
Punta Gorda (Spanish for “fat point”) is located on the shore of Charlotte Harbor. It was founded in 1884, a year before Edison’s arrival in Fort Myers. Since the storms a few years, the town has undergone a beautiful restoration and we will learn about its importance and long history.
Our tour bus will depart from Edison Ford for this fun-filled day tour. Contact Nancy Achter at email@example.com or 239-334-7419 for further details.
Edison Ford CEO Chris Pendleton has been appointed to represent the region on the Heritage and Nature Tourism Committee of VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism agency.
Pendleton feels that “Southwest Florida is a unique part of Florida and is very rich in history and nature-based resources; we are a big part of the Florida tourism industry and a very different ‘Old Florida’ – a treasure to protect, preserve and be proud of.”
- August 11, 10:00 a.m. – Lecture Hall in South Florida Water Management Building
WINK Hurricane Guides will be available at the meeting with tips and advice for you and your family. Whether you are new to the area or even a longtime resident, it is a great way to become informed, make a plan and put your mind at ease.
Almost 100 years after Edison, Ford and Firestone began their work to find a natural source of latex that could be grown in America, a new exhibit will open in the Edison Ford Museum to commemorate their work and the restoration of the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory adjacent to the museum.
The exhibit has been several years in the planning, and now is beginning to take shape in the museum, while the interested public watches it unfold. The photos below show a giant mural of the Edison Ford Banyan tree which is being completed by Exhibit Preparator and Artist, Megan Kissinger and her Intern /Assistant/Artist, Amanda Plummer.
The volunteers are getting in on the activity as they are working with Megan to create some of the components of the exhibit, like making seeds from polymer and baking in oven, faux seeds and pods from latex producing plants.
Come and visit in the months ahead as the curatorial staff and consultants move in other components of the exhibit.
If you haven’t been to the Edison Ford Museum Store lately, then it is time to come back! The Museum Store has a brand new look. There are new shelves, new displays and lots of new merchandise.
Local Artist Marie Dyer, known for her “Scarf Art” classes, colorful paintings and painted furniture at Edison Ford has beautifully hand-painted the shelves and cases with plants and trees found in the gardens and for sale in the Garden Shoppe. Each space in the store has been brightly painted by the very talented artist.
Join Southwest Florida artist, Marie Dyer and create your own hand-painted silk scarf. Known for her vivid floral and landscape paintings, Marie is a featured artist at Edison Ford. She has taught Scarf Art workshops at locations throughout the New England area. Marie will teach a variety of techniques to inspire painters of all levels to create their own “one-of-a-kind” scarf. The scarves can be worn or used as art pieces for the home. Scarf Art classes will be held in the historic Edison Caretaker’s House. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch or drop by the Banyan Café or The Marina at Edison Ford. To register call Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost: Edison Ford Members $75; non-members $80. (Cost includes materials and scarf).