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Weekly News    May 24, 2024

Open on Memorial Day
May 27, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

We will be open our regular hours of operation from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Memorial Day!
Take some time to remember and reflect on how beautiful our communities are and take a
little venture to a historical spot near beautiful, sunny Downtown Fort Myers. We hope to
see you soon!  

The Caloosahatchee Bridge (US 41/Cleveland Ave.) will be closed for approximately
10 weeks starting May 31. The bridge closure does not affect Edison and Ford Win-
ter Estates, which will be open regular hours during the bridge work. Visitors com-
ing from North Fort Myers can take the Edison Bridge or Interstate 75 to cross the
Caloosahatchee into the City of Fort Myers.  

Upcoming Events

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

Make shopping more pleasant in the surroundings of a beautiful town jewel! 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 property).   

Open Summer Camp Sessions

Fundamental Physics Summer Camp 
June 10-14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Spots open for Grades 3-5
Build up your knowledge of the things that compose our world! 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 experi-
ments 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 3-5

Soar to new achievements 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 3-5

Carry out the work of equipment to construct a range of things! Campers
learn about simple machines, mechanical advantages, and gear systems in
the fast-moving camp! Advance registration is required.

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 3-5

Fuse together different elements to wire your own system! In this crash
course on 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 re-

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
Takes place every Wednesday 
1 p.m.
Share in traditions of the past with Curatorial Registrar, Chet, as he per-
forms on 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

 Peruse students’ artwork 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

Crepe Myrtle 

The branches of the Crepe Myrtle, lagerstomemia indica, are covered with bright flowers!
It is native to China, Japan, and other parts of Southeast Asia. This unique plant comes in
a range of sizes, from dwarf varieties that reach less than four feet to varieties that grow
more than 20 feet. In May through the fall, this garden gem will produce large clusters of
purple, lavender, white, pink, and red flowers that form along the tips of its branches. The
tree derives its common name from its crepe-like, crinkled petals and leaves that are simi-
lar to the true myrtle, Myrtus communis. After the tree blooms, round, half-inch fruits will
form that will remain throughout the winter months. Visitors can find this tree throughout
the botanical gardens.

Apple Blossom Shower Tree

The Apple Blossom Shower tree, Cassia javanica, is spread with belts of bright pink!
It is native to Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Malaysia and reaches heights between 35
to 45 feet. In April and May, this garden gem will produce clusters of flowers, ranging 
from pale red to dark red that extend along its branches. After the blooms form, long,
cylindrical brown seed pods will begin to emerge. The flowers are complemented by
compound leaves that contain 5-12 round leaflets. For best growth, plant this tree in
well-draining soils in areas that receive direct sunlight. Its wood is used for building
poles, carpentry, and light construction. Visitors can find the Apple Blossom Shower
Tree on the street side of the Ford property.     

On This Day in History

Edison Storage Battery Company Established 

On May 27, 1901, Edison organized the Edison Storage Battery Company. It was organized
to develop, manufacture and sell Edison’s alkaline storage battery. It produced batteries for
mining lamps, train lighting and signaling, submarines, electric vehicles and other uses. The
company had its own research department and sales force, but it also sold batteries through
separate sales companies, including the Edison Storage Battery Supply Company and Miller
Reese Hutchinson, Inc. On June 30, 1932, the company ended its legal existence and became
the storage battery division of Thomas A. Edison, Inc. The division was sold to the Electric
Storage Battery Company (now Exide Technologies) on July 20, 1960. 

Edison was intrigued with chemical batteries since childhood and one of the first people to
try designing consumer-friendly batteries in connection with his electric pen copying sys-
tem and electric phonograph. He made important improvements in primary battery design,
notably the Edison-Lalande cell. He investigated the development storage batteries with
alkaline electrolytes for use in automobiles. It took him a decade to develop a viable iron-
nickel battery, and by that time, automobiles powered by internal combustion engines be-
came dominant in the market. Edison later found use for his battery in railroad systems,
power plants, and miner’s lamps, resulting in it becoming his most profitable invention.

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