Remembering The Wizard


October 2014

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The Year of Innovation looks at Thomas Edison's final days, his role as a cultural icon and the preservation of the Edison legacy. Explore these ideas, attend a program, and see a special exhibit of original artifacts, documents and historic photos during the month of October 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.

Thursday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at the West Orange Public Library,
46 Mt. Pleasant Ave.

How to Preserve Your Personal Digital Collections
Jerry Fabris, Museum Curator

Have you ever lost a large group of your own digital photos, or other important digital files?Most people today need to save digital information –photographs, audio, video, email, documents.Yet, preserving digital files can be problematic, especially on a household budget. Drawing from guidelines developed by the National Digital Information Infrastructure &Preservation Program, this free one-hour presentation will provide basic tips to help make your personal digital collections last long-term, into the future.

As a Museum Curator at Thomas Edison National Historical Park, Jerry Fabris preserves the park's extensive audio collections and serves on National Park Service's Digital Information Services Council.He has a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University.

2nd Saturday –October 11th at 10:00 a.m. (especially for children)
Leaving a Legacy

Thomas Edison is best known for the phonograph, light bulb and motion pictures, but his legacy is much more.Join a ranger to explore the laboratory complex and discover the many things that make up Edison's legacy. As part of the program you will make a hand print to leave behind as part of your legacy, just as Edison did.

3rd Thursday –October 16th at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Last Moments

Thomas Alva Edison died in October 1931 at his Glenmont Estate. He was 84 years old. To commemorate the anniversary of his death, we will offer evening tours of his home in Llewellyn Park. During the Last Moments tours visitors will hear about his final hours and the impact that his passing had on the world. Listen to passages from his last will and testament and view condolence telegrams from around the world. Edison's death mask and a cast of his right hand will be on exhibit.

Tour tickets are limited and reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling 973-736-0550, ext.89.

Last updated: September 25, 2014

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211 Main Street
West Orange, NJ 07052


(973) 736-0550 x11

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