New exhibit, "Thomas Edison, Lewis Latimer & the Light Bulb" opens

01/25/2012

Media Release - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
293-334-7419

Attachment: Exhibit panel of “Thomas Edison, Lewis Latimer & the Light Bulb”

New exhibit, "Thomas Edison, Lewis Latimer & the Light Bulb" opens

Fort Myers, FL (January 24, 2012)- The Edison & Ford Winter Estates has prepared a new exhibit, “Thomas Edison, Lewis Latimer & the Light Bulb” for the Black History Museum and the Lee County Black History Society. The exhibit will open in time for Black History Month at the Black History Museum. There is also a similar exhibit at the Edison Ford Invention Museum at the Edison Ford Winter Estates.

Lewis Latimer worked for, and with Thomas Edison for many years and also held many important patents himself. Latimer was the son of former slaves and grew up in the era of invention of the light bulb and early communications.

The following materials highlight Latimers work in connection to Thomas Edison and the light bulb. Contact the Chief Curator at Edison Ford Winter Estates, Alison Giesen at 239-334-7419 for additional images and insight into the exhibit. To contact The Lee County Black History Society call Harriet Meyers at 239-332-8778.

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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