The next phase of improvements to the Edison Ford Museum will be showcased with the opening of the large special exhibits hall and its first exhibit, “Edison and Ford in Florida,” on Sunday, November 22 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The exhibit focuses on the work, travels and winter homes of Edison and Ford in Florida. As such, the story begins in 1885 with the arrival of Edison in Fort Myers, and continues on through Ford’s entry into Fort Myers as a winter resident, the gift of the Edison Estate to the city of Fort Myers, and finally with the work of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, the non-profit organization that led the restoration of the two properties and took over its management a decade ago.
The exhibit also includes a quirky collection of Edison and Ford memorabilia and tourism souvenirs over the decades as the two estates have become icons in Florida tourism, as well as important historical and scientific sites.
Our first step was the publication of the book, “Edison & Ford in Florida,” Arcadia Press, which is now on sale here at Edison Ford and hundreds of other sites nationally. Next was the redesign of the large exhibition hall to accommodate an entry area, larger video and performance theatre, and the special exhibits gallery.
The final phase will open in January 2016 with the new Rubber Research Exhibit. Joyce Owens, Architect, has helped with the design decisions including the new high tech rubber flooring. Sally Johnson, a beloved patron, donated $50,000 to the project and has stayed involved throughout as well as our Board of Trustees with their ongoing work to help fund Edison Ford.
This is an appropriate exhibit for the beginning of our 10th year as a non-profit organization.