The Edison Estate first opened during the holidays to the public 38 years ago as one of the homes decorated for the holidays by the Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club. Today, Edison Ford Holiday Nights has become one of the top ten holiday events in the nation with dozens of decorating groups from throughout the area.
Edison Ford curatorial staff oversee that the decorations reflect the history of Florida and the world during the late 1920s as well as the interests, hobbies, inventions and activities of the two famous families as well as hand craft period decorations. Additionally in the Heritage Garden located next to the museum, school groups decorate trees with hand-made ornaments that reflect inventions of Edison and Ford.
All of the decorators learn that during the Depression Era, many of the ornaments were ‘saved’ over the years and many were hand-made using available and natural materials. There are also treasured old glass ornaments which were made in Germany, Christmas tree lights which were invented by Thomas Edison and an exhibit of Santa Claus illustrations much like Henry Ford’s original Santa’s workshop.
Thank you to all groups and schools who participated in decorating for the 2013 Edison Ford Holiday Nights event.
AIA, American Farms, Bell Tower Shops, Bennett’s Fresh Roast, Edison Community Neighborhood Association, Edison Festival of Light, Edison Inventors Association, Creative Events & Rentals, Edison Ford Volunteers, Flanders Architecture, Florida Power & Light, Florida Weekly, Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, Forestry Resources, General Electric, Greater Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, Lee County School District, Lee County Electric Co-Op, Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, Lovegrove Gallery and Gardens, McKibbon Hotels, The Nest Home and Garden, Norris Home Furnishings, Parker/Mudgett/Smith Architects, June Pekol Realty, Pinchers Crab Shack, Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce, Shell Point Retirement Community, Southwest Florida Historical Society, St. James City Volunteers with Brinson Family, Thomas A. Edison Congregational Church, True Tours, WGCU Public Media, and Williams-Sonoma.
Chief Curator Alison Giesen, Assistant Curator Mike Cosden, Registrar Brent Newman, and Preparator Megan Kissinger.