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“Ask the Curator”

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 31st
  • Wednesdays – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Every week we will focus on a historical artifact from the Edison and Ford era including furniture, inventions, clothing, machinery, books, etc. The topics will be set up monthly so you can focus on your interests and even bring your own treasure for a “look see.”

The topics for September are:

  • Ford flathead v8 Matt and Jim MossSeptember 2 – Ford Flathead V-8 with Registrar Matt Andres and Automotive Curator James Moss
  • September 9 – Edison and the Ediphone with Registrar Matt Andres and Senior Site Historian and Chemist Jim Niccum
  • September 16 – Edison the Gardener with Registrar Matt Andres and Chief Horticulturist Debbie Hughes
  • September 23 – Estates Furniture Preservation with Registrar Matt Andres and Museum Conservator Megan Kissinger
  • September 30 – Edison Fish Stories with Registrar Matt Andres and Chief Curator Mike Cosden

We plan to also have an “Appraiser’s Afternoon” scheduled periodically as part of this ongoing program. Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members included with Museum and Lab admission.

Director Tour Season – Kicks Off on October 17, 2015

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 30th

     The Edison Ford Director Tours have been a successful program for the past 14 years.  The Director Tours began as a program to inspire staff and friends by visiting other museums, gardens, great cities, old hotels, and restaurants around Florida and has continued to grow.

director tour august 2015     A destination that was so popular it required two buses last year is the Homestead and Redlands area of South Florida.  For many, many years, this area has been the tropical fruit, agriculture and plant nursery hot spot for Florida.  We found miles and miles of nurseries, interesting foods, and even a winery.  Edison Ford Director Tours will offer the popular destination again this year.

director tour august 2015 2     New this year is our first destination of historic Punta Gorda which has completed a dramatic revitalization after storm damage.  The outing will include a cruise of Charlotte Harbor and the Peace River, trolley tours of the historic area and time for shopping.

The Director Tours this year include: Punta Gorda, Sarasota Modern Architecture and Ringling Museum, Homestead, Cortez Fishing Village Everglades City, Lakeland and Tampa.

Contact Nancy Achter to be placed on the mailing list at either 239-334-7419 or nachter@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

 

Mina, Clara and Edison Ford Volunteers

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 28th

     “Mina Edison  and Clara Ford Teas” have many reasons to be successful, but the greatest reason is the interest, talent and commitment of a great group of Edison Ford Volunteers.

Several months ago, Jan MaGirl and Clara Schmidt who are longtime Edison Ford docents, presented a “conversation lecture program” at the monthly volunteer meeting that was based on the historic reflections of Mina and Clara on their life, fame and fun.  It was a rousing success.

clara and mina tea august 2015     Both Jan (Mina Edison) and Clara (Clara Ford) have been studying the famous families for many years and have visited other Edison and Ford sites around the nation.  They are friends, just like Mina and Clara, so it is a wonderful exploration into the two legendary women with a modern twist.  To make it more interesting Jan MaGirl is married to Jamie MaGirl, who is also an Edison Ford lab docent and frequently portrays Thomas Edison.  Clara Schmidt’s husband in real life is named Doug, but her historical husband, Henry Ford, just happens to be portrayed by Edison Ford former historian Doug Jaureguy.  There are lots of interesting connections.

Jan and Clara are still exploring history of the women, their families and the national and international history that played such an important part of their legacy in Florida.  Chief Curator, Mike Cosden, and his department are constantly providing research findings, photos, and facts as the program develops.  Holly Shaffer, co-manager of the Volunteer Program, feels that “This event is unique for it provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of the Estates’ leading ladies.”

Tea Talk with Mina Edison and Clara Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 26th
Edison Caretaker's House

Edison Caretaker’s House

Available for Groups … Limited Seating

      The new monthly program, “Tea with Mina Edison and Clara Ford”, is one of the hottest new offerings at Edison & Ford.  In fact, so hot, that it’s Sold Out for Saturday, August 22nd with a wait list and Saturday, September 26th is filling up fast.

For groups of 15 or more, special dates can be arranged by calling Edison Ford at 239-334-7419.  In October and November, the Teas will move to Thursdays to increase the availability of this popular new program.

The Teas have been featured in the News-Press, Gulf and Main Magazine and Lifestyles Southwest Florida.  Why the success?  Mina and Clara will tell you that is fun to get together with a small group around a table, sip Mina’s tea, nibble on sweets, and hear about life from the two great ladies.  From time to time, their husbands will drop by to chat, along with visits from the gardener, or other historically interesting friends. During Mina’s time, she created the Round Table at the Estates to chat with community friends and leaders. This great idea will expand over time.

 

Special VIP Experience at Edison Ford in July and More to Come

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 15th

photography with the news press august 2015     Thirty News-Press subscribers were treated to a special VIP experience at Edison Ford in July. The subscribers, known as “Insiders” got a chance to see and photograph the Edison Ford Winter Estates like never before. Award-winning News-Press photographers, Andrew West and Sarah Coward, presented the overview in the River Room at The Marina at Edison Ford.

The group was led through gates at The Marina at Edison Ford to photograph the trees, gardens, homes, and of course, the amazing sunset in the Edison Cove. There will be future collaborative classes with the News-Press. Many of the Edison Ford Members are already News-Press subscribers.

To become a News-Press “Insider” visit the News-Press online.

Bark on the Ark – August 15, 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 11th

Dog bark on the ark august 2015     Enjoy a cruise with your best four-legged friend aboard the Pure Fort Myers Edison Explorer. Enjoy the water and fresh air cruising along the Caloosahatchee.

The captain will create a special experience for you and your dog. Dogs must be well behaved and well trained, and current on all vaccinations. Owners assume all responsibility.

Maximum 15 dogs and 20 people.

Contact Edison Ford or The Marina at Edison Ford at 239-919-2965. Cost: $39 per person.

 

Volunteer Meeting and Lecture – Hurricane Preparedness

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 5th
  • WINK meteorologist Joey Sovine

    WINK meteorologist Joey Sovine

    August 11, 10:00 a.m. – Lecture Hall in South Florida Water Management Building

        Get tips on how to prepare and respond during emergency storm conditions from a professional, WINK TV News Meteorologist, Joey Sovine.  

Joey will answer your questions about what items you might want to invest in before a storm and even what to do after a storm has passed.  Whether you are new to the area or a longtime resident, it is a great way to become informed, make a plan and put your mind at ease.

WINK hurricane guide 2015     WINK Hurricane Guides will be distributed at the meeting with tips and advice. Jim Farrell, Chief Meteorologist, is on the cover of the Hurricane Guide.

 

Special Cruise Available

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 4th
  • EcoCruise to Picnic Island – August 8, 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.

      This local favorite is an eco-adventure for all ages. Walk among black and white mangroves, beautiful soft white sand, enjoy some shelling and discover life all around you. The bright blue waters of the Picnic Island Basin are perfect for dipping your toes or dropping a fishing line. Cruise the Edison Explorer and enjoy a nature lecture along the Caloosahatchee and walking tour on Picnic Island with the Captain, also a Master Naturalist.

Bottled water and light snacks provided. Reservations required. Contact Edison Ford or The Marina at Edison Ford.

Cost: $39 per person. Other fall dates available – click here for more dates and for reservationsRiver excursion sept 2014.

 

NEW … “Ask the Curator”

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 2nd
  • Wednesdays – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Every week we will focus on a historical artifact from the Edison and Ford era including furniture, inventions, clothing, machinery, books, etc. The topics will be set up monthly so you can focus on your interests and even bring your own treasure for a “look see.”

The topics for August are:

Matt Andres, Mike Cosden, Andrew Scheip, Brent Newman

Matt Andres, Mike Cosden, Andrew Scheip, Brent Newman

  • August 5 – Ford 1918 Model T Roadster (“Chuckwagon”) with             Automotive Curator James Moss
  • August 12 – Electric Vehicles and Edison Storage Batteries with Senior Site Historian and Chemist Jim Niccum
  • August 19 – Edison Power Systems and the “Current Wars” with Curator Mike Cosden
  • August 26 – Edison Films and Kinetoscopes with Volunteer Jim Hopton

We plan to also have an “Appraiser’s Afternoon” scheduled periodically as part of this ongoing program.

Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members may join with any estates admission.

Daily Cool Programs in the Museum

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 31st

August programs 2015