Henry Ford Estate Opens October 21 with Quilt Show, Book Signing and Conversation with Mina and Clara


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PHOTO: Visitors viewing quilts during the annual "Airing of the Quilts" at Edison & Ford Winter Estates.

Henry Ford Estate Opens October 21 with Quilt Show, Book Signing and Conversation with Mina and Clara

FORT MYERS, Fla. (October 3, 2017) -- On October 21, Edison & Ford Winter Estates will open the Henry Ford estate with the annual "Airing of the Quilts" clothesline quilt show. Dozens of quilts from the Quilters' Guild will be on display, suspended from clotheslines between trees from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Antique quilts from the 1880s to 1940s will be on display inside the Ford house. 

At 11 a.m., living history characters, Mina Edison and Clara Ford will host "Quilts, Cookies and Conversation." They will share stories about their lives and adventures in Fort Myers. 

Local authors will be on site to sign books and answer questions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Authors include Chris Pendleton, Mike Cosden and Brent Newman of "Edison and Ford in Florida;" Jared Beck and Pam Miner of "River and Road: Fort Myers Architecture from Craftsman to Modern;" Pam Rambo of "Guide to Speaking Shellanguage;" photographer, Ilene Safron of "City of Palms - A Contemporary Portrait;" and others.
Quilters' Guild participants will have quilts available for sale and living history characters of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford as well as their wives will be on site for photo opportunities. 
 Henry Ford and his wife, Clara, collected quilts and other historical objects that were created and used by people from all across the United States. The quilts were often made from modest scraps of material, which demonstrated the resourcefulness of American women.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for teens ages 13 to 19, $13 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and under (includes quilt show and conversation with Mina and Clara.) The book signing is free. Admission is free for Edison Ford members. Following the quilt show, the Ford estate will close at 2 p.m.; the lab and museum will be open until 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 239-334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org
Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Edison Ford has been awarded the National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures," a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. Recently, the Edison Botanical Laboratory was designated as a National Historic Chemical Landmark.