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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: 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Did You Know?

1888s photo of the Black Maria - the world's first motion picture studio.

West Orange, NJ, was the birthplace of motion pictures. In 1893, Thomas Edison built the first building for the recording of motion pictures. It was dubbed THE BLACK MARIA. It got its name because it was large and black and looked like the police wagons of the day, which were called black marias.