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Veterans Get in FREE on Memorial Day at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 14th

Memorial day 2014To honor the men and women who have served our country, Edison Ford is offering FREE admission to United States veterans and their families on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016. Free admission includes an audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, laboratory and museum.

Veterans will also receive a 10% discount on a Edison Ford membership and items purchased in the Museum Store, Ford Cottage Shoppe, Garden Shoppe and Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops. To receive free admission, veterans must present a VA identification card or their DD214 papers. Current servicemen and women presenting an active military ID always receive FREE admission to Edison Ford throughout the year.

The Petting Zoo is Back!

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 12th

● May 29, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
petting zoo sebastianBring the kids to pet the animals! There is always a variety of animals to pet, including rabbits, chickens, piglets, goats, a duck, calf and a sheep!

The kids really enjoyed petting the animals when the petting zoo was here the last time – and so did some of the parents! Cost: $1 per child. Beginning in July the Petting Zoo will continue monthly.

Edison Ford Volunteer Meeting and Lecture

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 8th

● May 10, 10:00 a.m. – in the Museum Hall of Inventions
phonograph expert timothy fabrizioGuest speaker, Timothy Fabrizio has been researching and writing about the history of recorded sound for over 40 years. He has worked at institutions such as the Library of Congress and the George Eastman Museum, appeared on national television and co-authored eight books. He has lectured in countries around the world, and received awards for his published work. He will be talking on “Edison and the Phonograph – Mastery, Myth, Maybes and Misses.”

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

Moms Get FREE Admission on Mother’s Day at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 5th

To celebrate Mother’s Day, all moms are invited to come visit Edison Ford for FREE! This is a great way for visitors to enjoy the day with their mothers.

mother's day 2016 watering can clipartPinchers will serve a special Mother’s Day brunch from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for  $35.99. For family and friends coming from The Marina at Edison Ford after the brunch, there will be a $10 Riverside only ticket sold at The Marina at Edison Ford, so visitors can walk along the riverfront and see Edison’s and Ford’s winter homes with their moms. Regular priced tickets will be available for purchase if visitors would like to see the museum and lab as well.

Mimosas will be available for purchase at the Ford Cottage Shoppe from Noon – 2:00 p.m. where guests can sit, relax and sip a mimosa while enjoying a great view of the river. Don’t forget to check out our retail stores. Moms will receive a 10% discount off retail purchases made in the Ford Cottage Shoppe, Museum Store and the Garden Shoppe.

Get Ready for the 2016 Lee VCB Travel Rally

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 3rd

travel rally group● May 4, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Lakes Regional Park

There will be a lot of fun and games for kids of all ages, including the following races: Kids Luggage Lug, Bellman’s Race, Make that Bed, and Waiter’s Race for the Gold! Edison Ford will even have some teams racing, so come out and cheer for us! Kids can also get their faces painted, watch magic tricks and see some cuddly critters. Don’t forget to stop by the Edison Ford booth and watch our Wild Wizard make some polymer and other science tricks.

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“Ask the Curator”

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 3rd

• Wednesdays – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

  • May 4 – What was Thomas Edison’s day job? Did you know that Edison was a traveling telegraph operator, and that many of his early inventions were based on telegraph-related technology? Learn how a telegraph is operated and how this technology changed the world.
  • ford chuckwagonMay 11 – Did Ford create the original camper? Special guest Automotive Curator James Moss will explore a truly unique vehicle: the 1918 Ford Model T Chuckwagon, used on camping trips in the early 20th century.
  • May 18 – Electric cars: cutting edge technology? In May of 1902, Thomas Edison tested electric cars using his own brand of storage batteries – were they a success? Learn more about the history of this technology, which is still in the news today, with Chief Curator Mike Cosden.
  • Edison with model T hood openMay 25 – How do you start a Model T? Learn how to start a 1923 Model T Ford with Automotive Curator James Moss.

Included with Edison Ford admission, free for Edison Ford members.

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.

book kyra belan divine ladies in america book kyra belan earth myths and ecofeminist art

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