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Nationally Renowned Expert on Phonographs

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 23rd

phonograph expert timothy fabrizioTimothy Fabrizio has been researching and writing about the history of recorded sound for over 40 years. He has worked at the Library of Congress and the George Eastman Museum, appeared on national television and co-authored eight books.

Fabrizio has lectured in countries around the world, and received awards for his published work. The title of his upcoming talk is “Edison and the Phonograph – Mastery, Myth, Maybes and Misses.” Fabrizio will be speaking at the Volunteer meeting on May 10, so mark your calendars!

Book Signing and Lecture at Edison Ford Shoppe in Bell Tower Shops

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 21st

● May 5, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
author kyra belanDr. Kyra Belan will talk about two of her books: Divine Ladies in America and Earth, Myths, and Ecofeminist Art at the Edison Ford Shoppe in the Bell Tower Shops. She has participated for the past two years in the Founding Females Portrait exhibit at Edison Ford and we are excited to have her back to talk about her books.

Dr. Kyra Belan is an artist, author and art historian, who holds a M.F.A. in visual arts from Florida State University and Ed. D. from Florida International University in higher education and art history. She has received numerous awards, including Who’s Who in American Art, the Florida Achievement Award in the Arts; Women’s Caucus for Art Florida Chapter; and Broward County’s Women’s Hall of Fame Outstanding Achievement in the Arts.

Dr. Belan has authored several books, including Lucid Future; Madonnas: From Medieval to Modern; Earth, Spirit, and Gender; Art, Myths, and Rituals; The Virgin in Art: From Medieval to Modern; Art, Myths, and Ecofeminist Art, and Divine Ladies in America.

For more information call 239-334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

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Edison Ford Celebrating National Arbor Day

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 14th

 April 29, 10:00 a.m.
arbor day logoCelebrating Florida Trees on National Arbor Day is an annual event at Edison Ford, home to hundreds of varieties of trees and plants and numbers of champion-sized trees.

Thomas and Mina Edison are joined in tree planting by Edison Ford garden patron, Berne Davis, and a member of the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council.

National Arbor Day has been around since 1872 as a national celebration, and Thomas Edison began his work in Fort Myers adding trees to his gardens as early as 1885. Some of his earliest favorites include the Mangos, which he planted along the McGregor fence line and the stately Royal Palms which are a feature throughout his property and also for 10 miles along historic McGregor Boulevard today.

This year on National Arbor Day, Edison Ford will celebrate with a memorial to Gary Bishop. Gary had volunteered for seven years, with over 9,000 hours accrued in the Edison Ford Museum. Gary would assist visitors across McGregor Boulevard safely for tours, and greet guests at The Marina at Edison Ford. A bench and two trees will be planted at the Coconut Grove in honor of Gary and light refreshments will be served afterwards.

Thanks to all the staff and volunteers at Edison Ford for their generous donations toward our tree planting/bench dedication to Gary Bishop. All are welcome.

Edison Ford Volunteer Appreciation

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 10th

pinchers staircase April 20, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – The Marina at Edison Ford
More than 240 volunteers have contributed 17,000 hours of service to Edison Ford equal to more than 15 paid staff positions and an annual cash value of $397,000 from October 2015 – February 2016. On April 20 Edison Ford would like to honor our current volunteers with a social including light refreshments, raffles, and awards.

volunteer meeting at bell towerThe following individuals have reached significant milestones:
500 – 999 Hours: Donna Abell, Shirley Armstrong, Ardy Barclay, Kristin Brandt, Anne Brown, Beverly Brown, Marti Campbell, Betsy Chambers, David Cornell, Janet Cornell, Kathleen Garry, James Hurst, Gregory Masonick, Babu Mathew, Barbara McCarthy, Helen McMillan, Jerry McMillan, Erica Moghal, Mary Mihok, Karen Mole, Thomas Mole, Yvan Mollard, Ann Mullinix, Connie Norstrem, Ginny Plummer, Lorie Purser, Linda Rand, Martha Reiter, Judie Ross, Richard Schaffer, Gerry Schroeder, Jane Schroeder, Nancy Siria, John Tyrer, Dorothy Van Howe, Joan Weischedel, Abby Winslow, Frances Wright

1,000 – 1,999 Hours: Sis Abbott, Phyllis Bickerstaff, Cindy Carothers, Phyllis Catron, June Coon, Doris Delaney, Pauline Doane, Virginia Dougherty, Dick Dutton, Lois Ehrenzeller, Monika Green, Susan Halverson, Nancy Harris, Helen Haver, Margaret Healy, Martin Healy, Jim Hopton, Carl Horner, Lina Jakub, Donna Johnson, Janet MaGirl, Gwen Mattoni, Ginger McHale, Barbara Meyer, Susan Monteleone, Marge Robert, Dolores Russell, Wilma Rizzi, Joseph Schiavone, Karen Schiavone, David Sheehey, Clif Ward, Bob Willover

2,000 – 2,999 Hours: Debbie Brandt, Karen Coleman, Marilyn Jones, Jamie MaGirl, MaryAnn Sedlock, Bob Sedlock

3,000 – 3,999 Hours: Leroy Moore, Helen Park, Susan Rivera, Clara Schmidt

Daily Programs in the Museum

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 29th

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Ford Thunderbird Exhibition

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 28th
  • April 2, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.thunderbird emblem

      Thunderbirds, or T-Birds as they are affectionately known, from all eras will be displayed on the historic riverside property of Henry Ford. Car owners will be on-hand to visit with guests and answer questions. Visitors can look forward to mingling with Henry & Clara Ford. There will be live music and Everglades BBQ will be available for the purchase of food and drinks. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the restoration of the Edison Ford antique car collection.

Admission: Edison Ford Members Free; non-members $20 Adults, $11 Children. Admission includes an audio tour of the homes, gardens, laboratory and museum. For more information contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at 239-334-7419 or lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

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2016 Director Tours Travel Season

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 15th

● March 26, 2016 – Homestead/Redlands Tour – NEW Date, NEW Itinerary
RF OrchidsThis tour will include stops to some of the best and most unique local nurseries in the area for tours and demonstrations.  One of the places we plan to visit is R.F. Orchids, owned by Robert Fuchs family for over 50 years. They will provide a private tour of one of the most beautiful and award-winning Orchid Nurseries in the U.S. They have received over 1,000 awards from the American Orchid Society and other recognition from around the world.

bananas directors tourAnother nursery we plan to visit is Going Bananas. They are a nursery in Redlands devoted to exclusively growing over 100 varieties of Banana Plants. Owner Katie Chafin will provide us with a private tour of the nursery as well as educating us on the banana plants.

Tour of Schnebly Winery and Brewery –schnebly wineryPeter Schnebly will provide a tour of the Winery and Brewery, a wine tasting, and will share the history of the Schnebly family and the wine and beer making process. Schnebly’s will also provide lunch for us in their beautiful outdoor facility. You will also be able to purchase beer and/or wine to take home.

Another stop will be at the Famous “Robert Is Here” Tropical Fruit Stand. This stand has been around since 1959 when Robert was just six years old trying to sell his families excess cucumbers. Today it is a family-run business that has grown into a fruit stand, farm, animal area, picnic and splash park. Live music every weekend from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.There will be room on the bus to bring home plants, wine and fruit.

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For more information or to register contact Nancy Achter at nachter@edisonfordwinterestates.org or by calling 239-334-7419.

● April 23, 2016 – Tampa
Walking tour of the Historic Ybor City and the Cigar Factory, and lunch at the famous Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City.

● May 14, 2016 – Lakeland
Private tour and on-campus luncheon at Florida Southern College and Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece which has been recently restored.


Mina, Clara & Friends … Tea & Conversation

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 7th

● March 10, April 14 – 10:30 a.m., Edison Caretakers House
mina and clara teaMina, 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.

● March 8, 10:00 a.m. – South Florida Water Management Building
jerry fabrisJerry Fabris, Museum Curator at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, in West Orange, New Jersey, will speak at this month’s volunteer meeting. An expert on Edison and sound recording technology, Fabris will present a lecture entitled “19th Century Origins of Audio and Edison’s Wax Cylinder Phonograph.” Join us for a fascinating comparison of early sound recording innovations and a discussion on the evolution of Edison’s favorite invention – the phonograph.

As Museum Curator, Fabris is responsible for preservation and access for the sizeable archives of the TENHP, including their Recorded Sound Archive, and the historic phonograph collection. In 2015, Fabris was in the news, as he and other staff played very rare sound recordings recovered from the cylinders of Edison Talking Dolls. An Edison Talking Doll is currently on display in the Edison Ford Museum.

For more information on how to become a volunteer, contact Holly Shaffer, Volunteer Coordinator at 239-334-7419.

● March 6 – Exhibit Opening Gallery Talk and Reception 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Exhibit open through May 27
women's history monthMarch is National Women’s History Month, and to commemorate the event, Edison Ford is proud to announce the return of the Fort Myers Founding Females portrait exhibition, which received great praise last year. The exhibit will be accompanied by lectures, films, teas, and other activities to explore the lives of women both in Southwest Florida and throughout the world. founding females 2016 poster

The exhibit opens on Sunday, March 6 with a reception. Curator Tom Hall notes that the exhibit “puts a face with the names of the women who settled in Fort Myers in the years following the end of the Civil War and helped transform the town in the last third of the 19th Century from a rough-and-tumble cow town into the commercial, cultural and tourist center of Southwest Florida.”

“For myriad reasons, the names and accomplishments of these female visionaries were largely relegated to footnotes and parentheticals in the annals that recounted the achievements of their male counterparts,” writes Robin C. Tuthill book female pioneers of fort myersand Tom Hall in Female Pioneers of Fort Myers: Women Who Made a Difference in
the City’s Development.

Published after the successful 2015 showing of the Founding Females of Fort Myers exhibit, the authors note that the book “brings the personal stories of 24 remarkable women to the forefront.” Hall and Tuthill will be speaking at the exhibit opening and available to sign copies of their new book, which is available in our Museum Store. There will also be a book signing at Edison Ford Bell Tower Shoppe at Bell Tower on March 23 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The reception will also feature a painting performance by Linda Busch Benson.
For more information or to RSVP call 239-334-7419.