Founding Females Portrait Exhibit Opens at Edison Ford


Media Release - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEChris Pendleton, President & CEOLisa Wilson, Marketing & PR Director239-334-7419 Founding Females Portrait Exhibit Opens at Edison Ford FORT MYERS, Fla. (February 26, 2016) -- On March 6 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., the Founding Females Portrait Exhibit opens at Edison & Ford Winter Estates. The opening includes a gallery talk, reception and book signing with authors Tom Hall and Robin Tuthill. The reception also will feature a painting demonstration by Linda Busch Benson.

Along with the exhibit, there will be lectures, films, teas, and other activities to explore the lives of women both in Southwest Florida and throughout the world. The exhibit commemorates National Women's History Month, celebrated in March and is open through May 27.

The exhibit "puts a face with the names of the women who settled in Fort Myers in The years following the end of the Civil War and helped transform the town in the last third of the 19th Century from a rough-and-tumble cow town into the commercial, cultural and tourist center of Southwest Florida," said Hall, co-author of "Female Pioneers of Fort Myers."  

"For myriad reasons, the names and accomplishments of these female visionaries were largely relegated to footnotes and parentheticals in the annals that recounted the achievements of their male counterparts," said Tuthill and Hall. Published after the successful 2015 showing of the Founding Females of Fort Myers exhibit, the authors note that the book "brings the personal stories of 24 remarkable women to the forefront."  Hall and Tuthill will speak at the exhibit opening and will be available to sign copies of their new book, which is available in the Edison Ford Museum Store. There will also be a book signing at the Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops on March 23 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Free for Edison Ford Members; $20 for non-members. For more information, call 239-334-7419 or visit


Edison & Ford Winter Estates 
Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Edison Ford was awarded the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, an official project of “Save America’s Treasures," a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. In 2014 the Edison Botanical Laboratory was designated as a National Historic Chemical Landmark. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the website at