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Archive for September, 2015

Daily Tours and Programs for October

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 30th

October 2015 Daily

Edison Ford Emerging Inventors Early Learning

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 29th

     Early Learning Classes called “Emerging Inventors” are designed for one – three year old children and their parent or grandparent. Emerging Inventors is designed for youngsters to familiarize them with a variety of topics while exploring the site. The activities include socializing with others, science and other educational activities, story time, singing, crafts and exploring the homes, gardens and museum at Edison Ford. Many families bring a bag lunch or have lunch at the Banyan Café with other families. Every month is a different theme and each session will introduce science through activities and time to tend the Emerging Inventors Vegetable Garden!

  • Pumpkin Party 010October 1 & 15, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. – Pumpkin Party

Emerging Inventors get into Halloween fun with a trick-or-treat walk around Edison Ford, along with learning about the moon and stars in the night sky and painting pumpkins.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $5 (one adult; one child); non-members $15 (one adult; one child). Each additional child: $5. To register call Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 or email her at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.



Edison Ford Information Center Gets TOP Recognition

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 28th

Info BoothOfficial VISIT FLORIDA Information Center Designation

     The Edison Ford Visitor’s Center has been named an official VISIT FLORIDA Certified Tourism Information Center (CTIC). It is one of only 30 Information Centers around Florida that has been designated by the Florida tourism agency known as VISIT FLORIDA.

VISITFLORIDA Certified Tourism Center logo     As an official Information Center, Edison Ford will be designated on the official Florida map (1 million distributed) and receive high visibility at all other official centers throughout the state.

That says a lot for the professional group of volunteers and staff who man the Edison Ford Information Center seven days a week, eight hours a day.

Visitors can find official Florida maps at the Information Center in addition to valuable information about regional attractions, way finding, accommodations and restaurants. Plus, the friendly, helpful and welcoming Edison Ford volunteers.


MEMBERS Mark Your Calendar

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 26th

Annual Member Celebration – November 15, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

monthly update

     Members will join Trustees, Staff and invited guests on the Ford lawn riverside to receive the Annual Report, enjoy live music for listening and dancing (optional dance lessons, too), tasty food and a cash bar will be available to purchase beer and wine. This will be a great event and time to meet with friends.


More details coming soon.


Mina, Clara & Friends … Tea & Conversation

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 25th
  • October 8, 10:30 a.m. – Edison Caretaker’s House –  Call for waitlist information

Chris & Clara Ford cropped        The popular historical play series of this past summer will continue this year on a once a month basis, with additional dates available for groups of 15 or more with advanced reservations.

The series was featured in an article in TOTI Media, Inc./GULF & MAIN magazine this summer, “history comes to life stepping into the Edison Caretaker’s House for morning tea with Mina Edison and Clara Ford. They are wearing hats which they say ‘helps to make them look taller and thinner’ and guests are transported back to 1929.” Audience engagement and surprise friends add to the responsive dialogue which engages the audience.”Mina and Clara Tea Sept 2015

Call to pre-register as space is limited and the program fills quickly. Call Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Registrar, at 239-334-7419.

Cost of the program includes full access to the Edison Ford Estates, the Laboratory, Museum and Museum Shops. Edison Ford Members $15; non-members $25. Hats and historical attire welcome. Men, too!

For groups who schedule special dates, special menus for brunch, lunch or afternoon “high tea” that can be arranged. Contact Cori Cramsey, Events Coordinator, to discuss details at ccramsey@edisonfordwinterestates.org or 239-334-7419.

Edison Ford Receives Award

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 24th

     Edison Ford received an award for work to promote The Henry Ford Legacy and preserve the Fort Myers Ford Estate. Chief Curator Mike Cosden, Assistant Curator Brent Newman, and Automotive Curator James Moss traveled to Henry and Clara Ford’s Historic Estate, Fair Lane, and to Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford Museum. While in Michigan, they undertook research and received the coveted “Friend of Ford Award” from the Henry Ford Heritage Association for their work to preserve the Florida Ford Estate and in recognition of ongoing projects like the new quadricycle, which they are building this year.

Curatorial Staff are pictured with the award and Henry Ford Heritage Association Treasurer, Mark Campbell.

Mike, Brent, James award for EFWE


Interns at Edison Ford this Fall

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 23rd

     Edison Ford staff regularly work with interns in a variety of capacities.

Diana Ramirez, FGCU History student, and Erin Heffron, University of Oklahoma Master of Arts in Museum Studies, will be working in the Curatorial Department. Diana and Erin will work with curators on job related projects including archival research and collections management as well as artifact identification, conservation and cataloging.

Lauren Blasingim will be working with the Marketing & Events Department. Lauren graduated from FGCU in May 2015 and is excited to help plan events, weddings and photo sessions at Edison Ford.

Interns 2015 fall


Edison Ford Bell Tower Shoppe

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 22nd

As regular shoppers know, the Edison Ford Bell Tower Shoppe stocks some great food items that are becoming “stahoney in museum storeples” in their kitchens and on their tables. Of course these are also in the Edison Ford main stores on the historical site and also available by mail through our website.

Edison Ford stocks items made by local vendors, packaged for regular use or as gifts.

  • Walker Honey – made here in Lee County is fresh, local and great for allergies. Varieties now available include Saw Palmetto and Orange Blossom with other seasonal flowers    when available.
  • Pine Island Jams and Jellies – made from our tropical favorites like mangoes and citrus and many times with a spicy kick to them.

When given as gifts, team them up with the Edison Ford tiny historical cookbook or other specialty cookbooks like the following for under $5: Old Southern Recipes, Vegetable Garden Recipes, Grandma’s Recipes, Orange Grove Recipes and Cooking with Honey. Edison Ford Members always receive a discount in all of the museum shops and garden shoppe.

September Only – Members Receive 20% Off in Edison Ford Stores!

Homeschool Programs 2015 – 2016 Begin in October – Registration NOW OPEN

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 19th

homeschool august 2014Every Monday & Friday – Morning & Afternoon Classes

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 (Common Core). Parents will receive curriculum outlines for each class. Parents are required to attend and participate in the class with their student. A parent may bring non-disruptive younger siblings who must remain seated with the parent at all times.

  • October 12 & 16 – Earth Science/Geology, Grades 1st – 3rd 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.; Grades 4th – 6th 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Students will study the Earth. They will understand the structure of the Earth and its surface features, what causes earthquakes and tsunamis, and why volcanoes form and erupt. Students will learn about the history of geologists and geographers that shaped the field. They will also learn about minerals, which form the building blocks of rocks, and how rocks are made and destroyed. They will observe rocks and create fun experiments to create safe volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Classes are limited in size and first-come first-serve.

To register email Leeanne Criswell at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $15 (one adult; one child); non-members $25 (one adult; one child). Each additional child is $15. Full payment is required at the time of registration and no refunds are possible due to material costs.

Subsequent topics through April will include: Space Science, Life Science and Biology, Scientific Method, Force & Motion, Energy Transfer, Electrical Power.




Robotics, Engineering, Electricity Day Camp at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 18th
  • Professor Pearce NEW 3October 26 & 27, Drop Off Starts at 8:45 a.m.; Pick is by 4:00 p.m.

Students will work with Lego Mind-Storm robots. Students continue to write code and are introduced to mechanics with Lego techniques. They will design and build a robot to accomplish a specific goal on the FIRST Lego League table.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $80; non-members $100. To register call Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 or email her at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org. Registration forms are available online.