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May 17, 2024
Digital Discussion

Digital Discussion – Amelia Earhart, Aviation Pioneer 
May 21, 10:30 a.m. 

Be engrossed in the story of Amelia Earhart’s life and her historic
accomplishments as a pioneer in the field of aviation and women’s
rights. This program will be led by Museum Manager, Holly Shaffer. 

This is a free virtual lecture. Click here to register online.   

Upcoming Events

Farmers Market
Every Friday in June and July 
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Find some fresh new ingredients to whip up some savory cuisine!
Choose from fresh produce and other items, get something to eat
and drink, listen to music, and stroll through the wildflower and
Bromeliad gardens. Plus, there will be fruit trees, herbs and
flowering plants available for sale in the Garden Shoppe. 

The Farmers Market is a free event with free parking (does not
include admission to the museum, laboratory or riverside of the

Other Programs

Phonograph Demonstration with John Kurdyla 
May 22, 1:30 p.m.

Phonograph expert, John Kurdyla will demonstrate the Edison
standard phonograph and teach visitors how to record a message
on the device. This program is included with admission to the site.
The presentation will take place in the new Learning Laboratory
in the museum.   

Open Summer Camp Sessions

Fundamental Physics Summer Camp 
June 10-14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Spots open for Grades 1-3

Detect all the properties of the facets of everyday things! From
the sound waves of the phonograph to the mystery of light in a
bulb, this camp explores the wild world of physics. Campers
will learn how to amaze as they conduct experiments and learn
about the world around us. Advance registration is required.

Click here to register online. 

Edison Ford members: $225; non-members: $250 

Space and Rockets Summer Camp 
July 1-3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Spots open for Grades 1-3

  Blast off to a new level in this exhilarating camp! This camp
is part space and part rocket science. Campers will learn about
their place in the universe as they design and launch their own
water-powered rocket. Experience is not required but the laws
of motion are! Advance registration is required.

Click here to register online. 

Edison Ford members: $135; non-members: $150 

Mechanical Marvels Summer Camp 
July 22-26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Spots open for grades 1-3

Make use of the capacity of apparatuses to form new developments!
Campers learn about simple machines, mechanical advantages, and
gear systems in the fast-moving camp! Advance registration is

Click to here to register online. 

Edison Ford members: $225; non-members: $250 

Wired Wizardry Summer Camp
June 17-21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Spots open for grades 1-3

Become your own electrical wizard! In this crash course of electronics,
campers learn about watts, amps, volts and the power of circuits. The
week concludes with campers designing a light system in their own
miniature model house. Advance registration is required.

Click here to register online. 
Edison Ford members: $225; non-members: $250  

Become a MEMBER and get unlimited free visits, discounts on
purchases in the Garden Shoppe, retail stores, special events
and adult education classes!  Join today!    

Ongoing Programs

Piano Performance
May 22, 1 p.m.
Takes place every Wednesday 

Join Curatorial Registrar, Chet, for a special piano performance.
He will play Mina Edison’s 1932 George Steck piano in the guest
house. Included with admission. 

Step into History Presentations 
Tuesdays and Thursdays
10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Each week, Edison Ford Historians present an in-depth look at a
topic related to our site. This program is held in the 15,000-square-
foot museum. Included with admission.

Yoga by the River 
Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Class will be held in the River Pavilion (weather permitting).
All skill levels are welcome. This class is taught by Bonnie
D’Angelo, a certified yoga instructor. 

Edison Ford members: $15; non-members: $20 per class.
Tickets may be purchased online or at the ticket counter.
Bring a yoga mat, water, and towel. Admission to the site
is not included.

Art in the Gardens
Open through May 26
Walk through an area that unleashes creativity in the Art in the
Gardens exhibit! The theme this year is “Art on Wheels.” There
is no charge to view this exhibit. It is located in the Garden
Shoppe area, next to the museum porch.  

Help restore our beautiful gardens. Donate today!  

What’s Blooming

Royal Poinciana 
The Royal Poinciana, Delonix regia is setting the
area ablaze with a fiery reddish-orange color!
This ornamental tree is native to Madagascar and
can reach heights up to 40 feet. Between May and
July, this tree produces large clusters of flowers that
range in color from deep red to bright orange. The
blooms resemble an orchid, featuring four spoon-
shaped petals and one slightly larger petal (called
the standard). After Edison purchased his Fort Myers
property in 1885, he sketched a landscape plan for the
grounds that indicated he wanted Royal Poincianas 
planted on both sides of McGregor Boulevard; however,
Royal Palms were planted instead, starting in 1907.


The Calabash, Cresentia Cujente, is embellishing the gardens
with glossy, smooth fruits that form unique decorations! This
tree is native to Africa and Central and South America and can
reach heights up to 25 feet tall. It produces large, yellowish-
green flowers that open at night! These nighttime blooms are
pollinated by bats. After the tree is pollinated, fruits with a hard
green shell will form along its trunks. These fruits are not edible;
however, they are used for making musical instruments and bowls.
The common Calabash has been on site at the Estates since at least
1929 because Dr. Henry Nehrling wrote of it when describing this
once wild landscape. Visitors can find this tree by the river across
from the Edison Guest House.     

International Museum Day 

International Museum Day 

Tomorrow, May 18 is International Museum Day! The world is full of diversity and constantly evolving
rapidly and museums are the keys to connecting cultures, revealing untold stories, and sustaining pieces
of where we came from, bringing the past and the present together. We have thousands of artifacts on
display in several galleries throughout our museum, plus thousands more in our archives! Travel through
time in our Timeline of Innovation, which houses inventions created by Thomas Edison and Henry Ford
from each decade, along with news headlines to capture what was happening in the United States. Visitors
can also take an expedition in our Into the Wild exhibit, detailing the camping trips the inventors took to
different places in the country. Additional galleries highlight the recreational time that the two men spent
in Fort Myers and the work they did here.

We recently opened a new exhibit, titled “Fanatics – Thomas Edison, Connie Mack and Spring Training in Fort
Myers,” exploring the baseball connection between Edison and Mack. The latest new space in our museum is the
Learning Laboratory that showcases nearly 200 artifacts, like Edison’s personal desktop items, Mina’s household
products, and more. This space is also used for educational and history presentations.

Celebrate this occasion by supporting and engaging in a profound experience at our museum!   

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