Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs and Events –September 2013


Fort Myers, Fla (August 28, 2013) –September at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with Garden Talk and Tour of Edison’s Rubber Research Plants; registration for Emerging Inventors;  and Quilting and Stitchery Demonstrations in the Edison Caretaker’s House,  as well as a variety of other special programs and activities throughout the month.   The September schedule of programs and events includes:

Edison Ford Garden Talk:  Edison’s Rubber Research Plants, September 14, 9 a.m.
Thomas Edison evaluated more than 17,000 varieties of latex producing plants and trees in his Fort Myers Laboratory.  Many of these varieties can be found on his winter estate.  Join Historic Garden Manager Steve Hottovy for a tour of the gardens, learn the history of Edison’s botanical research and how to make rubber plants part of your garden at home.   Participants will receive 20% off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.  Cost:  Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5. 
Edison Ford Monthly Volunteer Meeting and Program, September 17, 9:30 a.m., Edison Ford Shoppe, Bell Tower Shops
Site Historian and Volunteer Coordinator, Bobby Feldman will discuss Charles Edison, son of Thomas and Mina Edison as well as Bobby’s interest in bike polo. Site Historian and Volunteer Coordinator, Holly Shaffer will discuss Thomas Edison and baseball.  The American Red Cross will discuss tips on how to react in the event of an emergency. If you are interested in becoming an Edison Ford Volunteer contact the Volunteer Department at 239-334-7419.  For more information on Volunteer Opportunities visit the website:  www.edisonfordwinterestates.org
KIDding Around – Engineer Like Edison, September 24, 5 – 7 p.m., Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops
Join the Edison Ford Wild Wizard and learn about Edison’s work with electricity through light bulb demonstrations and static electricity.  Event and program FREE. 
Quilting and Stitchery Demonstration, September 28, 10 a.m. – Noon
Both the Edison and Ford families collected handmade quilts, embroidered linens and other textiles.  Continuing the tradition, members of the Southwest Florida Quilter’s Guild and Southwest Embroidery Guild meet monthly at Edison Ford to demonstrate their work and answer questions.  In the warmer months, the members meet inside the Edison Caretaker’s House and in the more temperate months, activity moves out of doors to the porches of the historic homes.  Demonstration included in Edison Ford Complete Tour admission and is FREE to Edison Ford Members. Items will be available for purchase.
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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