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This blog features articles and projects written by the Cultural Resources staff and interns here at Thomas Edison NHP. Unique artifacts and documents, as well as interesting projects, will be featured here.

Year of Innovation: April's Featured Exhibit is Edison Portland Cement

April 01, 2014 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

Thomas Edison NHP is celebrating a "Year of Innovation", using the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey as an opportunity to showcase unique artifacts from the collection. April's featured exhibit is Edison Portland Cement. The exhibit features historic photographs as well as advertisements.

 

Featured Manuscript: Edison Asks about Mummy Eyeballs

March 26, 2014 Posted by: Tim Pagano, Park Ranger

Halloween might be seven months away, but this featured manuscript includes Edison asking a friend about some mummy eyeballs.

 

Featured Artifact: Miller Family Photo Album

March 25, 2014 Posted by: Beth Miller, Curator of Glenmont

Tucked away on the third floor of the Edison family home is a photo album featuring Mina's relatives. Learn more about it from this post by the curator of Glenmont.

 

Year of Innovation: March's Featured Exhibit is Edison's Ore Milling Business

March 01, 2014 Posted by: Carla Eilo, Intern

Thomas Edison NHP is celebrating a "Year of Innovation", using the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey as an opportunity to showcase unique artifacts from the collection. March's featured exhibit is Edison's ore milling business. Featured are historic photographs from the mine in Ogdensburg, NJ as well as an iron ore briquette and a journal kept by Edison associate Charles Batchelor.

 

Theodore Edison Collection Returns to Park

February 04, 2014 Posted by: Edward Wirth, Archivist

The Theodore Edison Collection has returned to the park! The collection was organized and processed and should become open to research in the coming year.

 

Year of Innovation: January's Featured Exhibit is Edison's Electric Lighting System

January 10, 2014 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

Thomas Edison NHP is celebrating a "Year of Innovation", using the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey as an opportunity to showcase unique artifacts from the collection. January's featured exhibit is Edison's electric lighting system. Featured are unique light bulbs from the William J. Hammer Collection here at the park, now on display through the remainder of the month.

 

Year of Innovation: December's Featured Exhibit is the Tinfoil Phonograph

December 12, 2013 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

Thomas Edison NHP is celebrating a "Year of Innovation", using the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey as an opportunity to showcase unique artifacts from the collection. December's featured artifact is an 1878 tinfoil phonograph, on display for the remainder of the month.

 

Year of Innovation: November's Featured Exhibit is Menlo Park

November 18, 2013 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

Thomas Edison NHP is celebrating a "Year of Innovation", using the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey as an opportunity to showcase unique artifacts from the collection. November's featured exhibit highlights Edison's work at Menlo Park.

 

Visitor Learns More About Grandmother During Park Visit

November 07, 2013 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

It’s not every day that somebody comes to the park and says that a relative had sung for Edison here at the laboratory. But that’s just what happened to Ranger Carmen Pantaleo recently.

 

Featured Manuscript: Unnamed Edison Employee Jots Down Memoirs in Lab Notebook

November 06, 2013 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

The unnamed Edison employee who wrote this lengthy entry, dated May 31, 1916, turned a laboratory notebook upside down and began writing from the end of the volume. The front of the notebook has twenty to thirty pages of drawings of phonograph horns, probably by another hand. The entry is fascinating as it chronicles some of the travels of this self-proclaimed 28-year old bachelor.

 

Year of Innovation: October's Featured Exhibit is Edison's Electric Pen

October 01, 2013 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

Thomas Edison NHP is celebrating a "Year of Innovation", using the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey as an opportunity to showcase unique artifacts from the collection. October's featured artifact is Edison's electric pen, now on display for the remainder of the month.

 

A Clipping from the Archive: "Cigarette Champion Challenges Edison"

September 28, 2013 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

In 1914, Thomas Edison instituted a new policy in his West Orange laboratory prohibiting the smoking of cigarettes. This, and comments he shared with his friend Henry Ford, sparked off a public debate over cigarette smoking.

 

#AskaCurator, Special Twitter Event Sept. 18

September 14, 2013 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

On September 18, submit your questions on Twitter to hundreds of museum professionals, including the curatorial staff here at Thomas Edison NHP! Link included in article.

 

Crafting a New Exhibit: The Reaction to the 1914 Fire

September 09, 2013 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

In this final installment, Nick and Evan tell some of the more interesting stories from the 1914 fire, including Mina's efforts as well as the reaction from some of Edison's more famous contemporaries.

 

Crafting a New Exhibit: Edison's Fire Companies and the Great Fire of 1914

August 08, 2013 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

This blog post, written by our two high school interns Nick & Evan, covers the story behind Edison's Fire Companies as well as the sequence of events surrounding the fire here at the complex on December 9, 1914.

 

Featured Artifact: Certificate by Maxfield Parrish

August 06, 2013 Posted by: Joan Harris-Rico, Collections Manager

This post, written by Collections Manager Joan Harris-Rico, features a unique artifact in the museum's collection: a certificate created by Maxfield Parrish and presented to Edison by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation at Monticello.

 

This Just In: Historic Edison Automobiles Headed for Conservation

July 27, 2013 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

The end of July saw the departure of three historic Edison automobiles for some needed conservation. Thomas Edison's c.1900 Locomobile, 1922 Ford Model T, and Charles Edison's 1932 Brewster are all featured.

 

Crafting a New Exhibit: High School Interns Begin Work on Fire Exhibit

July 24, 2013 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

The first post of a new series, Nick and Evan discuss how their project came into being and what the early processes have been like thus far.

 

Two Interns Join Curatorial and Interpretation Divisions for Summer 2013

July 18, 2013 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

This post features two new interns who recently joined the Curatorial and Interpretation Divisions and how they became interested in learning more about Thomas Edison!

 

Did You Know?

Laboratory Library

Henry Hudson Holly was a famous architect known for designing Victorian style houses such as the Glenmont Estate, the home of Thomas Edison. Edison was so impressed by Holly’s work that he commissioned Holly to design his personal library in the laboratory, which is located down the street from the estate. However, Edison did not like the pace at which Holly was working, and he was eventually fired.