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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: 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.

 

Did You Know?

Photograph of Thomas Edison at the age of fourteen years.

There is a rumor that Edison was actually born in Mexico, based on his middle name Alva. However, Alva was the name of a family friend, Captain Bradley. When he was young, Edison's nickname was "Al," from his middle name Alva.