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    Thomas Edison

    National Historical Park New Jersey

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    On November 2, 2014 because of road closures in Llewellyn Park the last Glenmont House tour will be at 2pm and the grounds will be closed at 3pm.

Year of Innovation

Year of Innovation

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):

2013
OCT The Education of an Inventor
NOV The Invention Factory
DEC The Tinfoil Phonograph

2014
JAN Edison’s Electric Lighting System
FEB From Menlo Park to West Orange
MAR Ore Milling
APR Portland Cement
MAY Edison in World War I
JUN A Phonograph in Every Home
JUL Motion Pictures
AUG Storage battery
SEP Rubber
OCT Remembering the Wizard
Nov Edison Lives On

Did You Know?

megalethoscope

Did you know before Edison invented the phonograph people entertained themselves with a device called the megalethoscope. This device was used to view photographs through a large lens, which creates an optical illusion to create dramatic visual effects.