September Events at Edison Ford



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Photos: New exhibit, Edison & Ford Cartoons: Then and Now opening includes Doug MacGregor, Ponce DeLeon Meets Thomas Edison. News-Press, 2011 and Joseph Keppler, portion of the cartoon The decadence of the wizard of Menlo Park – from the photograph to polyform. Puck, 1880; Edison Ford Homeschool classes begin September 17, 2012

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs –September 2012

Fort Myers, Florida (August 28, 2012) –In addition to tours and regular activities at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, there are special programs and activities to engage both visitors and residents throughout the week.

The month of September is highlighted with the opening of a new exhibit, Edison & Ford Editorial Cartoons: Then and Now; new programs for Emerging Inventors and Homeschool students; the continuation of Garden Talks and Edison Ford Tour, Lunch & River Cruise on Wednesdays and Thursdays; as well as a variety of other special programs throughout the month. Call 239-334-7419 for additional information.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates September programs and activities include:

Exhibit opening Edison & Ford Editorial Cartoons: Then and Now, September 6, 4 – 7 p.m.
The exhibit features a collection of editorial cartoons of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford from the 20th century into modern times. At 5:30 p.m., visitors will tour the Gallery with Edison Ford chief curator, Alison Giesen and cartoon illustrator and author, Doug MacGregor for exhibit insight. The exhibit continues through February 2013. Free to the public.

Emerging Inventors Early Learners, September 6 - Super Sprouts and September 20 – Lovely Leaves, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Emerging Inventors Early Learners class for one – three year old children and their parents, grandparents or other family members and includes socializing with others, education activities, story time, singing, crafts and exploring the homes, gardens and museum at the Edison Ford. Edison Ford Members $5, non members $15 (one adult, one child), additional $5 per child.

Garden Talk: Edible Fall Gardens, September 8, 9 a.m.
Edison Ford horticultural staff is planting this fall for a winter harvest in the organic vegetable garden, just as Edison’s staff did nearly one hundred years ago. Learn which vegetables thrive and how to grow your own garden at home. Includes tour of the Edison Ford demonstration garden. Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non members $5. Participants will receive 20% off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.

Monthly Volunteer Lecture & Meeting, September 11, 9:30 a.m.
Chief curator Alison Giesen and curatorial staff will present a gallery lecture and tour of the Estates newest exhibit, Edison & Ford in Cartoons: Now and Then in the Edison Caretaker’s House, as well as demonstrate hands-on activities with the Museum Smart Cart. Meeting and Lecture is open to current Edison Ford volunteers as well as prospective volunteers and the public. For additional information contact the Edison Ford Volunteer Department.

Homeschool: Designing Plant Packages, September 17 and September 21, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (students grades 1st – 6th)
Homeschool students will learn about photosynthesis, as well as plants and their interdependence with the environment, to design and build a package to ship a plant through the mail. Students and their parents can enroll in a two hour program with curriculum that follows the Next Generation Florida Sunshine State Standards. Pre-visit curriculum materials will be mailed to registered families. Registration required. Edison Ford Members $10; non members $20 (one adult, one child) additional $10 per child.

Draw your own superhero cartoons, September 22, 10 a.m. – noon, (students grades 4th – 7th)
Join cartoonist Doug MacGregor and learn the basics of cartoon character design, facial expression, character development and putting characters into motion. Bring a sketch pad, pencil and imagination! Cost: Edison Ford Members, $20; non members $30. To register call the Edison Ford Education Department.

Edison Ford Tour, Lunch, & River Cruise, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Visitors to the Edison Ford will enjoy an audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, museum and lab; boat cruise on the Caloosahatchee River as well as tour of the river with naturalist commentary; and buffet lunch at the Royal Palm Yacht, a private club overlooking the river. Cost: Adults $45; Children 12 and under $35.

Looking ahead to October:

Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival Retrospective

Friday, October 5, 7:30 p.m., Edison Ford Winter Estates
Saturday, October 6, 7:30 p.m. Edison State College, Fort Myers Campus

Photography Classes, Improving Your Travel Photography Skills

October 17, 1 -3 p.m.

Annual Clothesline Quilt Show

October 27, 10 am. – 2 p.m.

The 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

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