July Events at the Estates



Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
Photo attachments: Lee County residents receive half price admission on July 4th includes homes, gardens, lab and air-conditioned Museum; come celebrate Henry Ford’s 148th birthday with a behind the scene tour of his winter estate.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs – July 2011

Fort Myers, Florida (June 17, 2011) – July at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with the return of a Free Day for educators, kids and school support staff, Henry Ford’s Birthday and half price admission to Lee County residents on the Fourth of July, as well as a variety of special exhibits, children and adult programs, throughout the month. The July schedule of programs and events include:

Estates open July 4th with half price admission to Lee County ResidentsThe Edison & Ford Winter Estates will be open the Fourth of July from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with half price admission to Lee County residents. Visitors must show proof of residency.

Monthly Volunteer Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation, July 12, 9:30 a.m.
Join Estates curatorial staff and learn about the new Estates Museum exhibit, “Into the Wild: Edison, Ford & Friends” as well as volunteer opportunities, policies and general Estates volunteer information. This is a regular monthly volunteer meeting and mandatory training for all new Estates volunteers but potential volunteers are welcome.

FREE Day for Educators, Kids and School Support Staff, July 23, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Science…Engineering… Chemistry…History… Art…Teachers and kids will receive FREE admission throughout the day as well as the opportunity to register for a variety of activities involving science, engineering, chemistry, history and art, teacher training and special tours. Registration is recommended by calling the Estates Education Department at 239-334-7419. Teachers and school staff must present a school issued identification badge to receive free admission, children must be accompanied by a paid adult.

Happy Birthday Henry Ford, July 30
The Estates will be celebrating the 148th birthday of Henry Ford with behind the scenes tours of “The Mangoes,” the winter estate of Henry Ford and his family, every half hour beginning at 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The behind the scenes tour is free to Estates members, and is included in the price of a homes and garden tour ticket.

Registration for Edison & Ford Winter Estates Inventor’s Summer Camp For budding rocket scientists, film makers, animators and science detectives, registration is still open for Estates Inventors’ Summer Camp at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Camps are open for grades 1st – 6th and sessions are separated by grade levels, 1st – 3rd and 4th – 6th. Cost for Estates Members is $200; non members $230. Scholarships are available. Several camps are full, call the Estates for more information on availability.

The Estates Inventor’s Summer Camp schedule is the following:
NEW Super Solar Scientists July 5 – July 8
ESI – Edison Science Investigation, July 11 – July 15
Movie Making Magic, July 18 – July 22
Kitchen Chemistry, July 25 - July 29
NEW Smarts in Art, August 1 – August 5

Registration forms are available on line at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org or may be picked up at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates at 2350 McGregor Blvd. For more information or to sign up contact the Estates Education Department at 239-334-7419.

NEW German Language Tour, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
For German speaking visitors, the Estates is now offering a German language tour led by an Estates Site Historian on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. The tour includes the historic homes, gardens, and Edison Botanic Research Laboratory all in German.

Behind the Scenes Tour, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
Visitors will enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour inside the Edison and Ford homes. These unique tours are offered at no cost to Estates Members and $40 for non members. Due to the intimate nature of “Behind the Scene Tours” space is limited and registration is required.

Estates Botanical Tour moves to Saturday mornings, 10 a.m.
The Estates Botanical Tours will continue to be held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. but will change from Friday mornings to Saturdays mornings at 10 a.m. The tour includes a walk through the historical gardens, and a behind the scenes tour of the Estates Propagating Nursery led by Estates horticultural staff. Cost for the tour is Estates members, FREE; non members, $24 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 -12. Visitors may upgrade their ticket for $6 to include a self-guided audio wand tour of the historic buildings and Estates Museum. Group botanical tours are available at a discounted price and may be scheduled throughout the week by calling 239-334-7419.

Edison Ford Young Inventors Tour, Sunday – Friday 10 a.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Inventor’s Tour is a hands-on Museum experience for children focusing on the inventions of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Children will learn how the inventions work and have the opportunity to operate historic education artifacts including the light bulb, recorded sound, assembly line and rubber research. The tour is offered on a first come, first served basis and includes admission to the Lab and Museum. Estates Members are FREE; non members $12, $5 children ages 6 -12, children five and under FREE. Tickets are available at an additional cost to upgrade to a complete Home and Gardens Estates Tour.

The Estates is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The Estates 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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The Estates has received a grant from the Florida Legislature through the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, assisted by the Florida Historical Commission.