Edison Ford August Programs and Events



Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
Photos:  NEW Henry Ford exhibit now open in Edison Ford Museum; Edison Ford Garden Talk and tour of NEW Clara Ford Rose Garden on August 10. 

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs and Events –August 2013

Fort Myers, Florida (August 2, 2013) –August at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with the NEW Henry Ford Exhibit open in the Edison Ford Museum; Garden Talk and tour of the new Clara Ford Rose Garden; registration for Emerging Inventors; and Volunteer Meeting with author Carlene Brennen; as well as a variety of other special programs and activities throughout the month.   The August schedule of programs and events includes:

Edison Ford Garden Talk:  Growing Roses in Southwest Florida, August 10, 9 a.m.
Mrs. Edison and Mrs. Ford both had a love for many flowers, but roses were among their favorite.  Tour the new Clara Bryant Ford Rose Garden at the Ford estate and the heirloom rose collection at the Edison estate with Historic Garden Manager, Steve Hottovy and learn which varieties of roses grow best in southwest Florida, as well as tips on planting, pruning and fertilizing. Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5. 
Edison Ford Monthly Volunteer Meeting and Program, August 13, 9:30 a.m., Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shoppes
In 1916 Thomas Edison said “The tarpon has put Fort Myers on the map as a fishing resort with the biggest sportsmen in the country.”  Edison enjoyed tarpon fishing when visiting his winter estate.  Join Edison Ford Site Historian, John Telischak and author Carlene Brennen, The Birth of Big Game Fishing who will discuss the  history of tarpon fishing in southwest Florida, and Edison’s love of the sport.   Books available for purchase. For additional information call the Volunteer Department at 239-334-7419.  Meeting open to Edison Ford Volunteers and potential volunteers.
 KIDding Around – Kitchen Chemistry, August 27, 5 – 7 p.m., Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops
Join the Edison Ford Wild Wizard to learn how liquids turn into gases and make your own polymer. 
NEW Ford Exhibit Open in Edison Ford Museum
In celebration of the 150th birthday of Henry Ford, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates has opened a new exhibit, Henry Ford, 150 Years of Innovation.  The NEW exhibit features Ford’s contributions to the automotive industry including several of his 161 patents, a collection of historic photographs, as well as artifacts and Ford inventions. Henry Ford, 150 Years of Innovation highlights Ford’s interest in the Edison Botanic Research Corporation and includes his experiment with soy beans.   The exhibit includes a replica of one of the antique American quilts from the Ford collection as well as other items that reflect the interests of the Ford family.  The Edison Ford Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
NEW Clara Ford’s Rose Garden Open at Ford Estate
Clara Bryant Ford, the wife of Henry Ford for 59 years, had a passion and love for roses. 
In honor of Clara Ford, garden staff has created a small historic rose garden at the Ford’s Florida estate.  The new rose garden features antique and heirloom roses of the 1920s era, adapted to the Southwest Florida climate.  Funding for the Clara Ford Rose Garden was provided by a gift from Peggy Campbell, great niece of Clara Bryant Ford. 
Registration for Edison Ford Homeschool Open (Grades K – 6)
The Edison Ford Wild Wizard returns with a new series of engineering and science hands-on classes that will engage students, as well as NEW hands-on history classes with Professor Pearce.  All Edison Ford homeschool classes are based on Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards as well as Florida Common Core Science Standards.  For a list of topics and dates visit the website:  www.edisonfordwinterestates.org or call the Education Department at (239) 334-7419.  Cost:  Edison Ford Members $10; non-members $20; $10 for each additional child.
Emerging Inventors Registration Open
Edison Ford Emerging Inventors Early Learning Program for one - three year old children and their parents, grandparents and other family members classes will begin October 2013 and will be held on the first and third Thursday of each month (except January and March 2014), from 9 – 10:30 a.m.  The program includes socializing, education activities, story time, singing, crafts and exploring the homes, gardens and museum at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.  Each session will introduce science through activities and time to tend the Emerging Inventors Vegetable Garden!  Cost: Edison Ford Members: $5 (one adult; one child); Edison Ford Non Members: $15 (one adult; one child); each additional child:  $5.  Subject to availability. Registration is required by calling the Edison Ford Education Department at 239-334-7419.

The Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The Edison Ford is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

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