Edison Ford July Programs and Events



Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
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Photos: Celebrate Henry Ford’s Birthday at Edison Ford on July 30; NEW family hands-on science tour on Sundays; river cruises and Edison Ford tour return on July 7 and 8 

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs and Events – July 2013

Fort Myers, Florida (July 28, 2013) –July at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with the a NEW tour Inside the Lab/Museum Hands-On Science on Sundays; the return of Edison Ford Tour & River Cruises; and Henry Ford’s 150 Birthday Celebration; as well as a variety of other special programs and activities throughout the month.   The July schedule of programs and events includes:

NEW – Inside the Edison Lab/Museum Hands-On Science, Sundays, 2 p.m.
The Edison Research Lab will be open for a behind the scenes program which includes demonstrations with inventions inside the museum and hands-on activities featuring the phonograph, ediphone, movies, making rubber polymer, batteries, the assembly line and other activities.  This program is great for families and “inquiring minds” of all ages.  Cost:  Edison Ford Members: a $10 donation is suggested; non-members:  adults $30; children ages 6 -12 $5.  Groups can register for special times and rates with advance reservations. 
Gallery Talk:  Henry Ford and the Automobile, Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m.,
Every Wednesday throughout the month of July join Edison Ford site historians and curators for a Gallery Talk about Henry Ford and his automobiles inside the Edison Ford Museum.  Lecture is free with museum admission. 

River Cruises & Tour Return for Summer Season – NEW Days and Times, Sundays and Mondays, 10, 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Captiva Cruises will be offering Edison Ford Boat Cruises and Tours beginning July 7 and 8 throughout the summer season.  The cruise tour shows the importance of the Caloosahatchee River ecologically and culturally; a view of Edison Ford from the water; and includes an audio tour of the Edison Ford estates and gardens; as well as admission into the Edison Botanical Research Laboratory and Edison Ford Museum.  Cost:  Edison Ford Members $20; non-members:  adults $40, children (ages 6 – 12) $30.  Tickets may be purchased at the Edison Ford ticket office.  Group rates are available with a minimum of 15 people.  For more information call 239-334-7419. 
Edison Ford Open Fourth of July
Thomas Edison claimed that the Fourth of July was his “favorite holiday.”  He would devote the entire day to his children, waking up early to set off fireworks and enjoy ice cream and watermelon.  Celebrate the Fourth at Edison Ford with an audio or site historian tour, demonstration on Edison’s “favorite invention,” the phonograph and lunch at The Banyan Refreshment and Picnic Area by Everglades BBQ.  Reservations not required. 
Edison Ford Monthly Volunteer Meeting and Program:  Henry Ford, 150 Years of Innovation, July 9, 9:30 a.m., Edison Ford Museum
Join Edison Ford Curators for a sneak peek of the new exhibit opening, Henry Ford, 150 Years of Innovation, in the Edison Ford Museum on July 30, 2013.  Curators will share interesting facts about Ford that they learned while researching for the exhibit.  Meetings and lectures are open to current Edison Ford volunteers, potential volunteers, and the public.  For additional information contact the Volunteer Department at 239-334-7419. 
Gallery Talk: Edison’s Phonographs, July 9, 16, and 23; 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Edison collector and guest Curator, John Kurdyla will present Galley Talks about Edison’s favorite invention, the phonograph, along with Jim Niccum, conservator of the extensive Edison Ford collection of phonographs and sound inventions, as well as Fred Stebbins, Edison Ford volunteer and retired mechanist.  Gallery Talks are free with paid museum admission. 
Garden Talk:  Building and Growing in Raised Bed Gardens, July 13, 9 a.m.
Thomas Edison established raise beds and mounds in his research plots to further his work in his Fort Myers Botanical Research Lab.  Raised beds and mound gardens are a great tool used today for successful gardens in Southwest Florida.  Join Historic Garden Manager, Steve Hottovy and learn how to improve soil content and water management through planting raised and mound gardens.  Participants will receive 20% off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.  Cost:  Edison Ford members FREE; non-members $5.
KIDding Around:  Smarts In Arts, July 23, 5 – 7 p.m., Edison Ford Shoppe, Bell Tower Shops
Join the Edison Ford Wild Wizard at the Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops and learn about Edison’s work with solar energy and film.  Children will create flip books and solar necklaces. 
Celebrate Henry Ford’s 150th Birthday at Edison Ford - NEW Ford Exhibit Open in Edison Ford Museum, July 30, activities throughout the day
July 30th marks the 150th birthday of Henry Ford and the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is celebrating with a new exhibit, Henry Ford, 150 Years of Innovation;  Ford era music; contra dance performances; behind the scenes tour of the Ford Estate; Gallery Talk in the Edison Ford Museum; antique cars; Car Talk program and cake!
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.  Call 239-334-7419 or visit the website:  www.edisonfordwinterestates.org for a schedule of events and programs
Visitors will also receive 20% off Ford merchandise in Edison Ford retail shops including the NEW Edison Ford Shoppe in Bell Tower Shops. 
Clara Ford’s Rose Garden Dedication, July 30, 11 a.m.
Clara Bryant Ford, the wife of Henry Ford for 59 years, had a passion and love for roses.  Fair Lane, the Michigan estate of the Fords had more than 350 varieties of roses and 10,000 rose plants in their five acre garden.
In honor of Mrs. Ford Edison Ford garden staff has created a small historic rose garden at the Ford’s Florida estate.  The rose garden features antique and heirloom roses of the 1920s era, adapted to the Southwest Florida climate.  Rose varieties are for sale in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.  Funding for the Clara Ford Rose Garden was provided by a gift Peggy Campbell, great niece of Clara Bryant Ford. 
Registration for Edison Ford Homeschool (Grades K – 6) Open
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. 

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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