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    Thomas Edison

    National Historical Park New Jersey

Edison Day in Review

Chemists in colorful goggles ready to do an experiment with kids.

Three members of the American Chemical Society are all ready to help with a fun science experiment.

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Edison Day 2014 - What a Day!

Approximately 3500 people came to Edison Day. There was something for everyone-from science experiments to an electric car show.

The day began at 10 am at both the Laboratory Complex and at Glenmont. At the Laboratory a visitor could attend a wax cylinder recording session, try out some science experiments (sponsored by the American Chemical Society), earn a Junior Ranger badge, take a look at a 1927 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8 A S Roadster which was highlighting the 2015 Edison Concours Elegance. Visitors could learn about Historic Speedwell and try their skills at telegraphy, view winners of the Black Maria Film Festival and find out more about New Jersey's 350th anniversary.

Glenmont, Edison's home, was host to an electric car show as well as showing off Edison's electric cars. One could walk through the home, take a tour of estate grounds and make an origami pot to plant a sunflower seed. Visitors could even play Edison's favorite game Parcheesi.

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Edison Employee of the Month Winners!

At the Laboratory the winner is Alice and Leonard Puffer

Alice and Leonard Puffer worked for the Edison company for a combined 48 years. Leonard, who saw employment in a number of areas, traveled extensively out west helping Edison dealers implement a new distribution system while Alice worked as a secretary for Charles Edison and a number of other executives over the years.

To learn more about the Puffers click here.

At Glenmont the winner is Queenie Adams

Queenie Adams, an African American cook for the Edison family, worked not only at the Glenmont estate, but at the Miller family cottage at Chautauqua, NY and the Edison winter home in Fort Myers, Florida, as well. Queenie was considered "as much a wizard in the kitchen as her...employer was in the laboratory."

To learn more about Queenie Adams click here.

Did You Know?

Two men standing by a trolley.

The storage battery provided electricity for train lighting, switching equipment, and railway signaling. Because it was an economical, lightweight option, it was used for a variety of tasks such as: powering telephone switchboards, emergency lights, truck and automobile lighting and ignition system.