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    Thomas Edison

    National Historical Park New Jersey



Special programs in November:

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, November 28th through January 4th


The sights and sounds of the season will greet you when you come on a tour of Thomas Edison's home during "Holidays at Glenmont," starting on November 28, 2014 and continuing through January 4, 2015. Glenmont will be decorated much as it was while the Edison family lived there. Favorite musical pieces will be playing and greenery and red poinsettias will deck the mantles above the fireplaces. Staircases will be ringed with boughs and red ribbon bows and wreaths will hang in every window. A majestic 10 foot tree will be lit and the presents underneath will be waiting as if the Edison children Madeleine, Theodore and Charles, will soon come running down the stairs from their rooms - after they've checked their stockings in the upstairs Living Room! Glenmont is available on a first come first served basis only.

Harry's Magic Invention Bag

Sunday November 9 and 23, 1:00 p.m. –4:00 p.m.

Learn about invention and the important role Edison played in taking invention from a cottage/hobby activity to a full commercial activity- practiced by all major corporations. Hear Harry Roman as he discusses the major role NJ plays in the national invention scene-and all the great inventions NJ inventors have brought into our world.

Harry, a nationally known inventor, was a critical player in establishing the NJ Inventors Hall of Fame in 1989, and later went on to chair the organization from 1996-2004. The Hall of Fame honored him with an Inventor of the Year award in 2005 for his pioneering work in robotics, and honored him again in 2012 with a special achievement award for his dedication to the organization.

The Edison Men and the US Navy

Friday November 28th, 10:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m.

Bet you did not know that both Thomas Edison and his son Charles played important roles in the US Navy, in WWI and WWII. Come hear Harry Roman tell the exciting story of their involvement and how it affected our nation…and Charles's ties to the famous battleship New Jersey. Learn also about the two naval vessels that once bore the Edison name!

Alternate Technologies and Their Ties to Thomas Edison and the West Orange Labs Saturday November 29th, 1:00 p.m. –4:00 p.m.

Many folks consider Thomas Edison an early and staunch supporter of alternate technologies. Hear Harry Roman discuss the different aspects of alternate technologies and Edison's involvement in them. Lots of really cool and useful facts are to be had. And Harry always brings along toys and stuff from his basement workshop to see and touch! Join the fun.

Harry Roman, volunteer and Edison Innovation Foundation author and advisor, is a retired engineer from PSE&G where he created and managed that company's solar and alternate energy programs from 1975 through 2006 when he retired.

These programs are part of THE YEAR OF INNOVATION celebrating the New Jersey 350th Anniversary in 2014. Since 1664 New Jersey has provided a welcome home for inventors and entrepreneurs like Thomas Edison and there is no better place to learn about the history of innovation than Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange. Special programs each month explore the themes in EDISON AND THE RISE OF INNOVATION a book written by National Park Service archivist Leonard DeGraaf and published by Sterling Signature in October 2013. Another famous innovator –Bill Gates –has written the foreword to this fresh look at Thomas Edison. For more information and updates about THE YEAR OF INNOVATION - First Friday, Second Saturday and Third Thursday events, please visit www.nps.gov/edis monthly. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


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