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In celebration of Thomas Edison’s 169th birthday, Edison Ford has collaborated with a local craft brewery to create a signature beverage especially for the Garden Festival at Edison Ford.

old soul brewingOld Soul Brewery, based in Fort Myers, crafted the beer using starfruit collected from trees in the Edison Ford gardens, creating a special connection between the beer and the historic site. The “Edison Birthday Brew” will be available for sampling and purchase at the Edison Garden Festival on February 13th and 14th. Special thanks to Old Soul Brewery.

starfruit feb 2016Thomas Edison: Beer Drinker? Did you know that Thomas Edison drank beer? As a young telegraph operator, he noted that he drank “occasionally and moderately … usually beer.” Edison Papers historian and biographer Dr. Paul Israel comments: “While in Louisville, the other operators even entrusted him with their money when they had their weekly picnic. This was a matter of “precaution” as some were not able to gauge exactly their capacity for liquor … Edison was used as a sort of “Alcoholometer” and refused to advance money when the limit was reached.”

Edison resigned from one position as a telegraph operator when he was knocked unconscious by a fellow telegrapher who had become drunk and wanted to retrieve his money. Still, in 1890 Edison noted, “Spirituous liquors I use very moderately, but I am fond of an occasional glass of beer or champagne, and am not a total abstinence man
either in theory or practice.”

Happy 169th Birthday Thomas Edison

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 6th

Edison Wild Wizard, Thomas Edison and Robot Edison will be present at Edison Birthday Party
● February 11, 10:00 a.m. – Edison Ford Museum West Porch
Edison 169 birthday collageThe Edison Festival of Light activities are centered around Edison’s achievements in science and time honored traditions like parades and Edison’s Birthday Party at Edison Ford.

This year, the birthday program will include a science presentation by the Edison Wild Wizard, by Thomas Edison and accompanied by the new Robot Edison, who will drive around and dance.

The program will include performances by the dance and violin student groups from the Edison Park School for the Creative and Elementary Arts. Of course, there will be birthday cake and singing. Seating is limited so come early and enjoy the program. In case of rain, the entire program will move indoors.

Volunteer Meeting and Lecture – Thomas and Mina Edison Photo Memories

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 5th

● February 9, 10:00 a.m. – South Florida Water Management Building
jan and jamie by the riverIn honor of Thomas Edison’s birthday month, join Jan and Jamie MaGirl (Thomas and Mina Edison living history volunteers) for “Photo Memories with Thomas and Mina.” Mr. and Mrs. Edison will share and discuss some of their favorite pictures of their life in Fort Myers through a photo album and PowerPoint slides.

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

Edison Ford Annual Antique Car Exhibition 2016

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 2nd

● February 6, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Thomas Edison’s Birthday celebration continues all month long at Edison Ford. Edison Ford will host the annual Edison Ford Antique Car Exhibition.

car show mysore figMore than 100 antique cars will be on exhibit from local car clubs and classic car owners in a fitting tribute to the legacy of Henry Ford, the pioneer of the automobile industry and a winter resident of Fort Myers. Car owners will be on-hand to visit with guests and answer questions.

In addition to the car exhibition, there will be informal tours with Henry and Clara Ford, live entertainment by Flash Back and Everglades BBQ will be providing food, including breakfast, for purchase.

car show hoods openAdmission: Edison Ford Members Free; non-members $20. (Presale tickets are available for purchase by contacting Leeanne Criswell.) For more information or to register contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or 239-334-7419.

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.

NEW Exhibit “Edison & Rubber: A Scientific Quest” – Opens January 31, 2016

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 16th

Rubber exhibit january 2016Did you know that Edison’s last major research project was the search for a domestic source of natural rubber? Have you ever wondered why Edison became interested in this final quest? Edison & Rubber: A Scientific Quest details the importance of natural rubber, the beginnings of Edison’s interest in this commodity, the formation of the Edison Botanic Research Corporation, the successful experiments with goldenrod and other plants, and the final chapter of the project after Edison’s death in 1931.

Edison’s final undertaking had truly international implications, and this exhibit will help visitors understand the importance of the Laboratory and the research that took place there, as well as what went on behind the scenes.  There are areas for student exploration and even areas of goldenrod and bamboo on the floor for sitting.

The all new exhibit, Edison & Rubber: A Scientific Quest, opens to the public on Sunday, January 31st. An opening ceremony will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and will feature interactive activities, living history actors, hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Immediately following the opening ceremony, Dr. Richard Wallace, professor of Organic Chemistry at Armstrong State University and consultant for the project, will speak about the chemistry behind the rubber research that took place in the laboratory. His lecture also will include what makes the lab and the project to find an American source of natural rubber so historically and scientifically unique and why it’s in the news today with threats to rubber bearing plants.

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Ribbon Cutting at Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 10th

bell tower january 2016● February 18, 4:30 p.m.
We have been open a few months and we’re already a success. Come celebrate with us at the Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops, located next to Williams Sonoma, on the north end of the mall near Saks.

Our new store is three times larger, has a spacious book store area with seating and a beverage area. Plus, we have one of our antique cars and antique piano on display. There will be refreshments, live music and a visit from dignitaries.

Edison Ford Antique Car Exhibitions 2016

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 7th

car show jan 2016 update     Whether you own an antique car, or just like to look and imagine yourself behind the wheel of one, then you will want to attend the car shows at Edison Ford this year.

  • January 16, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Antique Lincoln, Mercury, Woodies and Antique Boats

      If you own an antique, this is a great opportunity to show it off at the most beautiful location in Lee County. The Ford lawn, along the Caloosahatchee River offers refreshing breezes and stunning views. Everglades BBQ will provide food for purchase and there will also be live entertainment by Flash Back.

There is no fee to enter. Please try to register by January 8. You may also register the day of the exhibition.

Cost: Edison Ford Members Free; non-members $20. For more information or to register contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at 239-334-7419 or lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

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Mina, Clara & Friends … Tea & Conversation

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 5th

● January 14, March 10, April 14 – 10:30 a.m., Edison Caretakers House
Mina, Clara & Friends – Tea & Conversation is a popular play series. 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.