June Events at the Estates



Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director

Photo attachments: Edisonia Native Girl book signing and program at the Estates on June 11; celebrate Father’s Day at the Estates with FREE admission for father’s – Thomas Edison was the father of six and grandfather of four; Edison Ford Young Inventor’s Tour offered every day throughout the summer.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs – June 2011

Fort Myers, Florida (May 20, 2011) – June at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with the return of a Free Admission for Father’s on Father’s Day, and a book signing and program with Denege Patterson and Florence Keen Sansom, as well as a variety of special exhibits, children and adult programs, throughout the month of June. The June schedule of programs and events include:

Book signing and program: Edisonia Native Girl, June 11, 11 a.m.
Florence Keen Sansom, born in the Edison Caretaker’s House in 1917, is the subject of Denege Patterson’s book, Edisonia Native Girl. Join Sansom as she presents “A Heart-to-Heart Conversation” chronicling her childhood, gardens, artwork and Florida in the 1920s. Patterson and Sansom will be available to sign books after the program. Refreshments will be served. Cost: Estates Members FREE, non members $5.

Free Admission for Dad’s on Father’s Day, June 19
The Estates is offering FREE admission to any father accompanied with their paid child on Father’s Day. Free admission includes a tour of the newly restored homes, the historic botanical gardens, the Estates Museum and Edison’s Research Laboratory.

Monthly Volunteer Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation, June 14, 9:30 a.m.
Join Estates staff to learn about volunteer opportunities, Estates policies and general Museum information. This is a regular monthly volunteer meeting and mandatory training for all new Estates volunteers but potential volunteers are welcome.

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 by calling the Estates at 239-334-7419.
The Estates Inventor Summer Camp schedule is the following:
Eager Engineers, June 13 – June 17 (GRADES 1-3 full, GRADES 4-6 open)
Spaceships & Rockets, June 20 – June 24
NEW Animation in Action, June 27 – July 1
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 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.

NEW website: www.edisonfordwinterestates.org
Visit the Estates new website for news, upcoming events, purchasing tickets and memberships, renewing memberships and shop on line at the Estates Museum Store and Garden Shoppe.

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, beginning June 4, 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.

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 on a first come, first serve 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.