Year of Innovation
Thomas Edison National Historical Park Celebrates New Jersey’s 350th
The Year of Innovation
Step back in time and visit Thomas Edison's home, Glenmont and the laboratory where he perfected the phonograph, invented the motion picture camera, developed his storage batteries, and introduced many other products. We will be having special programs for all ages throughout the year!
It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to participate in our special programs!
1st Fridays at 2:30pm - for families and general audiences
2nd Saturdays at 10:00am - especially for children
3rd Thursdays in the Evening - for adults
The Year of Innovation themes explore the chapters in "Edison and the Rise of Innovation" a new book by National Park Service archivist Leonard DeGraaf. The book chronicles Edison's life and work, making lively and lavish use of rarely seen primary sources to reveal the places where he lived and worked, including his laboratories in New Jersey and Florida. It draws on Edison's personal and business letters, lab notebooks, drawings, advertising material, and modern and historic photos to reveal Edison the innovator. Another famous innovator - Bill Gates - has written the foreword to this fresh look at Thomas Edison.
A NEW THEME EACH MONTH (click for events):
Did You Know?
Henry Hudson Holly was a famous architect known for designing Victorian style houses such as the Glenmont Estate, the home of Thomas Edison. Edison was so impressed by Holly’s work that he commissioned Holly to design his personal library in the laboratory, which is located down the street from the estate. However, Edison did not like the pace at which Holly was working, and he was eventually fired.