Edison Family and Friends


December 2014

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The Year of Innovation ends with a look at Thomas Edison's family and friends.Explore these ideas, attend a program, and see a special exhibit of original artifacts, documents and historic photos during the month of December at Thomas Edison National Historical Park (NHP). The programs are free with admission and will be held at the Laboratory Complex at 211 Main Street unless noted.

1st Friday –December 5th at 2:30 p.m.

The Edisons of Fort Myers

Tom Smoot, Trustee, Charles Edison Fund

See this wonderful personal collection of images of Thomas and Mina Edison, their children and grandchildren along with family friends Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone and John Burroughs.

Tom Smoot is a lifelong resident of Ft. Myers Florida. For eighteen years he was the chairman of the Edison Winter Home Board and one of the founders of the Edison Ford Winter Estates Foundation. He is also the Florida trustee of the Charles Edison Fund of Newark, New Jersey. He is the author of The Edisons of Fort Myers, Discoveries of the Heart, 2004.

2nd Saturday –December 13th at 10:00 a.m. (especially for families)

Mrs. Edison's Scrapbooks

Mina Miller Edison had three children, three step children and a very famous husband.How do we know about the family? One way is through her scrapbooks.Join a ranger for a special walk through the laboratory while learning about the family.See if you can name all six children.Have fun making a scrapbook page of your visit to the park.Reservations are required for this program. Please call 973-736-0550 extension 89.

3rd Thursday –December 18th at 2:30 p.m.

Mina Edison's Cooking Culture at Glenmont

What is your cooking culture? What are your family's favorite foods, when are they served, and what do they say about your values? Join us as we explore Mina Edison's cooking culture while she juggled a household "to do" list that included everything from intimate family dinners to formal parties on the lawn. Historic recipes will be available as a take away for you to try at home. Reservations and special car passes are required for this program. Please call 973-736-0550 extension 89.

Last updated: December 3, 2014

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