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Volunteer Meeting and Lecture – The Lab and Rubber

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 2nd

● January 12, 10:00 a.m. – South Florida Water Management Building – Lecture Hall
Our January meeting will feature guest speaker Dr. Richard Wallace. Dr. Wallace is a professor of organic chemistry at Armstrong State University. He has been involved with restoration of the Edison Botanic Research Corporation Laboratory since 2009, when he worked closely with Mark Finlay, author of Growing American Rubber, to better understand Edison, Ford and Firestone’s quest for natural rubber.

Dr. Wallace consulted on the placement and interpretation of historic chemical equipment, assisted in analyzing original lab documents, and in explaining the complicated chemical processes taking place inside the laboratory to the general public. Dr. Wallace was also instrumental in the structure being named as a National Historic Chemical Landmark structure in 2014.
book fire bubbles and exploding toothpasteIn honor of special guest Dr. Richard Wallace, Pearce Augustenborg, Education Coordinator, will demonstrate exploding toothpaste, an experiment from the popular Kitchen Chemistry Summer Camp. This experiment is featured in Steve Spangler’s, Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste, a science book available in the Edison Ford Museum Store and Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops.
For more information on how to become a volunteer, contact Holly Shaffer, Volunteer
Coordinator at 239-334-7419, or visit us on the Web.

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