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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.

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?

 

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: 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Did You Know?

The graves of Thomas and Mina Edison.

Thomas Edison passed away in 1931 and his wife Mina passed in 1947. They were buried at Rosedale Cemetery. In 1963, the family had Thomas and Mina re-buried at the home they loved and where they spent their 44 years together - Glenmont.