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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.

Thomas A. Edison's Childhood Objects

September 30, 2014 Posted by: Joan Harris-Rico, Collections Manager

Have you ever wondered if any of Thomas Edison's childhood objects have survived to this day? Read this piece by the park's collection manager to find out. You will learn a bit about young Tom Edison's childhood through the artifacts that still survive.

 

Thomas Edison, Electric Trains and the Railroad

September 02, 2014 Posted by: Eric Faeder, Intern

All aboard for history! A summer intern here at the park discusses Thomas Edison’s involvement with the railroads and electric trains. He explains how Edison’s inspiration for many of his future inventions could have been attributed to his involvement with the railroads. Read this post to stay on track.

 

Historic Glenmont Employee of the Month

August 15, 2014 Posted by: Beth Miller, Glenmont Curator

On Edison day, in June, visitors voted for the historic Glenmont employee of the month. Here we showcase the "Home Executive", you may have heard of her...

 

Featured Artifact: Unraveling the Mystery of the "Fancy Chair"

July 22, 2014 Posted by: Beth Miller, Glenmont Curator

Curator Beth Miller teases out the details of a chair that has been in the Edison's home for over ninety years, yet has never been thoroughly researched. The chief question: Who actually made it?

 

Historic Edison Laboratory Employee of the Month--July

July 16, 2014 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

Visitors voted all during Edison Day in June for the historic Edison employee of the month. Here we showcase one of the lesser-known employees who contributed to the success of the operations here in West Orange.

 

Year of Innovation: July's Featured Exhibit is 'The Motion Picture Camera'

July 03, 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. July's featured exhibit is 'The Motion Picture Camera'. The exhibit features a c. 1912 Edison Home Projecting Kinetoscope as well as historic film canisters and photographs.

 

New Exhibit: The Dream Rocket Project

June 17, 2014 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

Thomas Edison NHP is participating in the Dream Rocket Project! A new exhibit of over 180 pieces of artwork is now on display through the summer!

 

New Article: The Dickson Experimental Sound Film

June 13, 2014 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

Museum curator Jerry Fabris was recently featured in a new article describing preservation of film and the earliest recorded film soundtrack.

 

Historic Edison Laboratory Employee of the Month

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

Visitors voted all during Edison Day on Saturday for the historic Edison employee of the month. Here we showcase one of the lesser-known employees who contributed to the success of the operations here in West Orange.

 

Historic Glenmont Employee of the Month

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

Visitors voted all during Edison Day on Saturday for the historic Glenmont employee of the month. Here we showcase one of the lesser-known employees who worked in the Edisons' home.

 

Year of Innovation: June's Featured Exhibit is 'A Phonograph in Every Home'

June 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. June's featured exhibit is 'A Phonograph in Every Home'. The exhibit features a c. 1909 Fireside phonograph as well as historic advertising and photographs.

 

Featured Manuscript: Finding the Buried Treasure

May 13, 2014 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

If you had been around during Edison's time, wouldn't you have asked him for help detecting buried treasure?

 

Early Edison Cylinders Visit Northeast Document Conservation Center

April 23, 2014 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

Recently, Jerry Fabris, curator of sound recordings here at TENHP, visited Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, Massachusetts where some of the earliest examples of recorded sounded were digitized.

 

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!

 

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