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Archive for February, 2016

“Ask the Curator”

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 29, 2016

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

  • portland cement croppedMarch 2 – What do the Panama Canal, Concrete Pianos, and Thomas Edison have in common? Join Curatorial staff for a discussion of one of Thomas Edison’s lesser-known ventures: Edison Portland Cement.
  • March 9 – How do you start a Model T? Automotive Curator James Moss will discuss the history of this famous vehicle and provide a live demonstration.
  • March 16 – What was Thomas Edison’s Batting Average? Learn about the connections between Edison & Baseball in Fort Myers during Spring Training Month.
  • March 23 – Why is it called a “Diamond Disc?” Thomas Edison’s flat, disc records were a 1/4 inch thick, and marketed as “indestructible.” How did they stack up to the competition?
  • March 30 – Is there a connection between the V-8 engine and Fort Myers? Henry Ford introduced the V-8 engine on March 31,1932, after several years of highly secretive testing. Could there be a connection between this technological breakthrough and the winter estates of Edison and Ford?

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

Road Scholars Program at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 28, 2016

March 1, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Edison Ford Art Program; March 8, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Historic
Automobile Presentation & Phonograph Demonstration; March 22, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Historic Automobile Presentation & Phonograph Demonstration

Local residents and visitors are invited to sign up for any of the lectures and special programs of the internationally acclaimed Road Scholar program.

Road Scholars is one of the leading not-for-profit educational travel organizations in the world. Offering  over 5,500 programs in 150 different countries world-wide, participants touring Edison Ford receive an in-depth educational experience that allows them to learn about the Edison Ford history, its award-winning extensive restoration and an up-close encounter with many of the historical artifacts within its vast collection.

For more information call 239-334-7419. road scholar logo

Historic Edison Factory Console Table Donated by Norris Furniture

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 28, 2016

factory console table from norris furnitureNorris Furniture & Interiors has donated a one-of-a-kind console table with an interesting tie to the legacy of Thomas Edison. The wooden portions of the table are crafted from reclaimed material from a factory which produced Edison items.

The Wisconsin Chair Company, of New London, Wisconsin, first produced Edison phonographs and later Edison Little Folks Furniture. The manufacturer notes: “The Edison Console is so named because the top is made of floor
planking that was recovered from one of Thomas Edison’s factories when he was the owner of the Wisconsin Chair Company in New London, Wisconsin. The texture comes from years of foot traffic that ground steel slivers into the surface giving it a truly unique took.”

Adding to the significance of the donation is the serial number for this table: “001” with additional tables available through Norris Furniture. “Whenever historic building materials are reused in the creation of a new object, ethical considerations must be taken into account. In some instances, such as a building which is slated for demolition, or other circumstances in which destruction of the historic materials would occur during renovation or alteration, salvaging materials for reuse or preservation is the best available option. An example of this is the “Edison Brick” on display in the Edison Ford Museum. Removed from an original Edison Portland Cement kiln which was not able to be preserved in its entirety, the individual brick now represents the historic structure it was once a part of.” – Mike Cosden, Chief Curator, Edison Ford.

Mina, Clara & Friends … Tea & Conversation

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 27, 2016

● March 10, April 14 – 10:30 a.m., Edison Caretakers House
mina and claraMina, Clara & Friends – Tea & Conversation is a popular informal play series at Edison Ford.

Call to pre-register as space is limited and fills up quickly. Cost: Edison Ford Members $15; non-members $25. Cost of the program includes full access to the Edison Ford Estates, the Laboratory, Museum and Museum Shops.
To register contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419.

FREE Wi-Fi Now Available at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 26, 2016

wi-fiFree Wi-Fi is now available for our visitors at Edison Ford. The area covered is throughout the Garden Shoppe, around the Banyan Tree, Banyan Tree Refreshment Area and Information Booth in front of our Ticket Office. It will show up on wireless devices as EFWE Guest and no password is needed.

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Edison Ford Summer Camp 2016 Registration NOW Open

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 26, 2016

Registration 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 varies by session, 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. Classes fill early and availability is subject to change.

summer camp flyer front 2016June 13 – 17 – Video Game Design **WAITLIST ONLY All Grades**
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 **WAITLIST ONLY Grades 4-6**
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 **WAITLIST ONLY Grades 1-3**
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 website for an application. For more information contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

2016 Inventor’s Summer Camp Counselors

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 25, 2016

Applications Open for 7th Grade – High School

Summer Camp Counselors work with the instructors and campers to provide additional instructional support, mentorship and generally help to keep the Inventor’s Camps running smoothly.

Applications are available on-line or by contacting Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Registrar for details and a copy of the application. The process includes teacher recommendation and a meeting with teaching staff. Registration is $30 and includes Camp Counselor t-shirts and there will be an orientation class before camp begins.

Naples Trolley Tours Coming Soon!

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 25, 2016

Naples Trolley toursIn the next few weeks, Edison Ford will be partnering with Naples Trolley Tours and offering package tours to Edison Ford.

The package will include a tour of Edison Ford, a Caloosahatchee River cruise aboard the M/V Edison Explorer with Pure Fort Myers and lunch at Pinchers, where guests will have a view of Edison Ford and the waterfront. Naples Trolley will transport gPure Fort Myers Edison Exploreruests from Naples to Fort Myers and back.

This will be a great opportunity for Naples area tourists and snowbirds to see Edison Ford and spend the day in Fort Myers without doing the driving.

Historic Newspapers Added to Edison Ford Digital Archives

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 24, 2016

Mrs Koelber historic newspapersA large collection of historic newspaper scans was recently donated to Edison Ford. Mrs. Koelber allowed the Edison Ford staff to scan a collection of historic newspaper articles (including Fort Myers News-Press and others) relating to Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Edison & Ford Winter Estates, and local icons such as Tootie McGregor and Jacob Summerlin. Curatorial staff scanned over 50 pages into the digital archives of Edison Ford, which will be used for research purposes.

February Great Book Picks in all our Edison Ford Stores

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 22, 2016

book black pioneers of science Black Pioneers of Science – by Louis Haber.

“Early contributors to scientific and industrial progress faced numerous obstacles such as scarce financial resources and slow communication options as they designed new machines, medicines, procedures, and equipment. Black Americans saw additional adversity in the form of discrimination and legal restrictions by race as they engaged in their work. Louis Haber carefully  documents the challenges and accomplishments experienced by 14 Black American inventors as they made important contributions to science and industry during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.”

Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children.

book edison a life of inventionEdison: A Life of Invention – by Paul Israel.

While nearly every American knows Thomas Edison, few have the in-depth knowledge and understanding of the inventor like Paul Israel, Director and General Editor of the Thomas Edison Papers. Israel avoids oversimplification of the mythic inventor and gets to the true root of his rise to the top of the electric and scientific world. This is one of the best written biographies of Thomas Edison.

Edison & Ford in Florida BookImages of America: Edison and Ford in Florida – by Chris Pendleton, Mike Cosden and Brent Newman.

Written by Edison Ford Curatorial, History and Science staff, this book represents a decade of research. Signed copies are available.