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    Thomas Edison

    National Historical Park New Jersey

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  • A Walk through Motion Picture History

    Friday, July 4, 2014

    Learn about the innovations in motion picture technology that were developed at Thomas Edison's laboratory. Take a guided walk of the laboratory and learn about movie technology that transformed human communication. More

  • Thomas Edison and the Motion Picture Industry - Hollywood New Jersey

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

    Come join us and learn about what Thomas Edison was doing in the motion picture industry. This hands-on program is especially designed for children. More

  • Lights! Camera! Edison!

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Lights! Camera! Edison! is an overview of Thomas Edison’s role in the birth of motion pictures here in West Orange and his 30-year career in the movie business. More

  • Reimagined Kinetoscopes: Film Demonstration & Hands on Workshop at the Black Maria

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Using the technologies and practices originally used by Thomas Edison, MONO NO AWARE will help workshop participants re-enact classic kinetoscope films at the Black Maria using props provided by FilmBiz. Reservations required. Call 973-736-0550 ext. 89. More

Did You Know?

The talking doll that Edison sold had a ceramic head and metal body.

Was Teddy Ruxpin the first talking doll? Think again. Some of the first phonographs that Thomas made were actually talking dolls. The dolls were 18" tall and each had a very small phonograph in its body. The dolls repeated nursery rhymes. You could even buy dolls that spoke different languages.