Young Inventors

Complete the History Detective challenge - see below for activities!

Visit the Edison Ford Winter Estates to become a Young History Detective!  Read the questions, follow the clues and circle the answer of your choice. See Site Historians for answers afterwards.

1) Watch the orientation video in the Orientation Gallery in the Edison Ford Museum. How many patents did Thomas Edison have to his credit?

A)10093 B) 1093 C) 193 D) 1003

2) In 1925 a Banyan tree sapling was planted on the Eastern Side of the Edison Winter Estate. Originally planted for rubber research, the sprawling tree is now a major landmark at the Edison Ford Winter Estates. What is the tree’s circumference today?

A) 93 Feet B) 247 Inches C) 524 Inches D) 376 Inches.

3) Thomas Edison’s Caretaker’s House is a good example of a Florida “cracker house”. A “cracker house” is a shelter built by early Florida pioneers and cattle herders. The main section of this cracker house is one of the oldest standing structures in the City of Fort Myers, dating back to the 1870’s. Who built this cracker house?

A) Frank Lloyd Wright B) Thomas Edison C) The Summerlin family D) Henry Ford 

4)  The Edison Estate is centered around two homes, the main house and the guest house. Together, these homes are known as _________ _______?

A) Seminole Lodge B) Edison Lodge C) Caloosa Retreat D) Menlo Park

5) The hanging light fixtures inside the Edison homes, are known as electroliers. These electroliers which were produced at Menlo Park, are some of the oldest light fixtures. How many light bulbs are in the electrolier that hangs in the master bedroom of the Edison home?

A) 5 B) 7 C) 4 D) 12

6) What is now the Moonlight Garden, was once an electrical laboratory where Thomas Edison worked on bamboo light bulb filaments and other inventions. Eventually the lab was moved by Henry Ford to Greenfield Village, Michigan. The Moonlight Garden was then constructed. Who designed this garden space?

A) Mina Miller Edison B) Ellen Biddle Shipman C) Thomas Alva Edison D) Eleanor Roosevelt

7) In 1914 Henry Ford came to Fort Myers to visit his good friend Thomas Edison. Two years later he purchased the neighboring property from Robert Smith for $20,000. In 1945, Ford himself sold the property to the Biggar family. How much did Ford sell the property for?

A) $25,000 B) $100,000 C) $20,000 D) $35,000

8)  In 1908, a Model T took approximately 23 hours to produce. By the 1920s production time dropped to approximately 90 minutes, helping to lower the cost of the automobile. What did Henry Ford introduce to the automotive world to accomplish this feat?

A) Tires B) Assembly Line C) Computers D)Engines

9) In the search for an American supply of rubber, Edison eventually identified the Goldenrod plant as the most promising source. Find the fourteen foot high Goldenrod, what is its scientific name?

A) Solidago Leavenworthii B) Solidago Edisoniana C) Carpe Diem D) Solidago Floridiana

10) In Fort Myers, Edison spent much of his time working in his office at the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory. Looking into his office, what artifact is out of place?

A) The Chairs B) The Telephone C) The Desk D) The Cot

11) In the Edison Ford Museum, “Wizard Invents Gallery,” find a model, or a picture of the first motion picture studio. What was it called, and where was it located?

A) The Black Maria, West Orange, New Jersey B) Universal Studios, Hollywood California C) Edison Park, Orlando Florida D) Warner Studios, Burbank California

12) Find the “Wizard Child” display in the museum. What was Edison’s job at the Grand Trunk Railway?

A) Ticket Seller B) Train Conductor C) Newsboy D) Lightning Rod Salesman

13) At the age of 21, Thomas Edison filed his first patent. What was it?

A) Phonograph B) Light Bulb C) Electric Pen D) Vote Recorder

14) Find the “Into the Wild” exhibit in the museum. The “Four Vagabonds” started their camping trips in 1914. Who were the Four Vagabonds?

A) Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison, John Burroughs, Henry Ford B) Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Warren Harding C) Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Calvin Coolidge D) Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison, Mina Miller Edison, Henry Ford

15) In the orientation gallery in the museum, find the phonograph with the wooden frame built around it. Why is the frame around this phonograph?

A) Thomas Edison thought the phonograph needed extra support B) Thomas Edison wanted to change the look of the phonograph C) Thomas Edison used the frame to feel the sound vibrations D) Thomas Edison used it to help move the phonograph