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Archive for January, 2016

Edison Ford Emerging Inventors – Ages One – Pre-K

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 31st

● February 4 & 18 – 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. – LEGOS
Emerging Inventors will build with LEGOS, practice team work, read a LEGO story, build animals, and a number train.

emerging inventors stock photo boy buildingThe youngsters are joined by their moms, dads, and grandparents for the family learning experience. Many families bring a bag lunch or have lunch at the Banyan Refreshment Area with other families.

The program is directed by Deborah Bowers, Edison Ford faculty and art teacher, and Pearce Augustenborg, Edison Ford faculty and Mr. Wizard. Cost: Edison Ford Members $5 (one adult; one child); non-members $15 (one adult; one child). Each additional child is $5.

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

“Ask the Curator”

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 30th

• Wednesdays – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Participants are encouraged to bring in related items for examination:

  • giant birthday cakeFebruary 3 – Edison’s Bright Idea – We all know that Thomas Edison invented the
    light bulb – or did he? Examine Edison’s contributions to the electric lighting industry with a historic reproduction of his first practical incandescent light bulb, an idea that transformed the world.
  • February 10 – Happy Birthday, Thomas Edison! Celebrate Edison’s 169th birthday with archival letters and photographs which document how the great inventor typically spent the day.
  • February 17 – Love Letters from “Dearie” to “Billie” Not generally known as a
    romantic, Thomas Edison’s diary entries and letters to his second wife, Mina, show a little known side to the innovator.
  • TAEModelTFebruary 24 – Henry Ford’s Birthday Gift to Thomas Edison In 1916, Ford
    presented Edison with a 1916 Model T as a birthday gift. Today, this iconic vehicle has become a symbol of the friendship of these two men, as well as of the Festival of Light Parade, of which it was a part of for many years.

Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members Museum and Lab ticket.

February Daily Programs in the Museum

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 29th

February daily programs

Mark Your Calendars – April 2017 Incandescent Gala

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 28th

Mark yIncandescent Evening 2007 019our calendars now to attend our FIRST Incandescent Gala to be held right here at Edison Ford on April 22, 2017, to celebrate our achievements in a grand and incandescent fashion.

Edison Ford Summer Camp 2016 Registration NOW Open

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 26th

summer camp groupRegistration is now open for Edison Ford Inventor’s Summer Camp beginning June 13 through August 5, 2016 in science, art and nature. Camps are separated by grade levels, 1st – 3rd and 4th – 6th. There are also positions open for Camp Counselors, 7th – 12th grade.

Registration for the general public is now open. Sign up soon as camps fill up quickly.

Summer Cost: Edison Ford Members $220; non-members $250, Camp Counselors $25. To register or for more information contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or 239-334-7419.

Every week has brand new experiments and experiences with more equipment and materials.

  • June 13 – 17 – Video Game Design  Cost: Edison Ford Members $220, non-members $250
  • June 20 – 24 – Electricity, Circuits and Lighting Design  Cost: Edison Ford Members $220, non-members $250
  • June 27 – July 1 – Robotics  Cost: Edison Ford Members $220, non-members $250
  • July 5 – 8 – Space and Rockets  Cost: Edison Ford Members $170; non-members $220
  • July 11 – 15 – Kitchen Chemistry  Cost: Edison Ford Members $220; non-members $250
  • July 18 – 22 & July 25 – 29 – Movie Making Magic – Two week camp runs consecutively  Cost: Edison Ford Members $400; non-members $450
  • August 1 – 5 – Smarts in Arts & Science  Cost: Edison Ford Members $220; non-members $250

Families interested in an Edison Ford Scholarship can visit our Web site for an application. For more information contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

Quadricycle Replica Progress

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 25th

quadricycle ilustrationUnder the direction of Edison Ford Automotive Curator, James Moss, a team of staff and highly skilled volunteers are creating a working model of Henry Ford’s first automobile – the  quadricycle. In fact, the project has moved along so well, that the team is taking on building the wooden body of the vehicle with the carpentry staff of Edison Ford.

Contact Edison Ford Chief Curator, Mike Cosden at mcosden@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419 for more information.

Edison Ford Class Teaches Beginning Mechanics

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 24th

education mechanics class baloon carIn preparation for the unveiling of the Quadricycle Replica, Edison Ford has been teaching classes in Beginning Automotive Science – like the “balloon car” in the photo. Future student programs include computer science and mechanics.

For more information contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar, at 239-334-7419 or lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

The “Believe It or Not” Bridge

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 23rd

edison bridge lamp postIronically, when completed in 1931, the Edison Bridge had no electric lights. City officials were further embarrassed in 1935, when a nationwide Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” cartoon lampooned the bridge. With the help of Florida Power & Light, over 50 lampposts were added in 1937, creating a fitting tribute to the inventor which it memorialized.

An original Edison Bridge lamppost is on display at the Edison & Ford Museum.

Bridging the Past and the Future of Fort Myers

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 22nd

edison birthday convertible paradeOn Thomas Edison’s final birthday, February 11, 1931, a ceremony was held to celebrate the opening of a newly constructed bridge named in his honor. Spanning the Caloosahatchee River, the structure acknowledged the famed inventor’s place in Fort Myers’ history. A group of local girls dressed in white escorted Edison’s car to the bridge opening from his home. Florida Governor, Doyle E. Carlton and Mayor of Fort Myers, Josiah Fitch delivered short speeches. Mayor Fitch, echoing the sentiments of many in the crowd, proclaimed: “Today we are touching a high spot in the history of Fort Myers. Whatever efforts we make here today to honor Mr. Edison will fall short of his honor to us.”

With a whoop, Thomas Edison untied the green and orange ribbon, officially opening the Edison Bridge.

edison birthday bridge opening

A Very Special Tea – Celebrating Thomas Edison’s Birthday

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 21st

● February 11 – 11:00 a.m., Edison Caretakers House
This is a very special tea to celebrate Thomas Edison’s birthday! We are getting Thomas out of his laboratory to share photo album memories. Thomas and Mina will share family photos, with stories of their life and activities in southwest Florida.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $15; non-members $25. To register contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at 239-334-7419 or lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

fishing with edisonThomas and Mina at picket fencethomas and mina on the river reliance

Thomas and Mina Edison with their son Theodore circa 1909

Thomas and Mina Edison with their son Theodore circa 1909

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