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Upcoming Programs and Events at Edison Ford

July at Edison Ford is highlighted with several special events. Edison Ford is offering FREE admission for children ages 15 and under on July 4. The monthly volunteer meeting speaker is Debbie Hughes, Edison Ford Senior Horticulturalist, who will discuss Edison Ford’s involvement with a worldwide plant rescue program. The NEW Museum West Porch will be dedicated on July 25. Events include:

July 4 at Edison Ford
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Edison & Ford Winter Estates is offering FREE admission to children, ages 15 and under, on Friday, July 4, 2014. Spend the day with Edison Ford from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with a self-guided audio tour of the museum, historic homes, gardens and laboratory. The museum contains an impressive collection of inventions, artifacts and special exhibits.
Did you know the Fourth of July was Thomas Edison’s favorite holiday? He would devote the entire day to his children, waking up early to set off fireworks. Celebrate America’s birthday at Florida’s own “National Treasure”.

Monthly Program – Edison Ford is an Orchid Rescue Site
July 8, 10:00 a.m.
South Florida Water Management Building Lecture Hall

Guest speaker, Debbie Hughes, Edison Ford Senior Horticulturalist, will discuss Edison Ford’s involvement with CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), a worldwide plant and rescue program. Edison Ford is a plant rescue site for orchids that are confiscated at our nation’s seaports and airports. Over 150 countries have agreed to participate in the trade agreement that ensures the survival of wild animals and plants. Meetings are open to current Edison Ford volunteers, potential volunteers and the public.

Garden Talk: How to Prune Your Garden
July 12, 10:00 a.m.
Summer in Florida is a time of growth in the garden. It is also a time when heavy rains can disturb the balance of delicate landscaping. Edison Ford horticulturalists will provide tips and hands-on demonstrations and teach the best techniques to improve the health, integrity and beauty of your trees, shrubs, and perennials.
Cost: Members FREE; non-members $5. Each participant will receive a certificate for a 20% discount in the Garden Shoppe.

Making Music & Sound, Museum Hands-On Demonstrations
July 15, 22, 29 & August 5, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Edison Ford Invention Museum, Music Gallery

Using a reproduction of Edison’s original phonograph, visitors will enjoy working with Edison Ford Curators and Site Historians Brent Newman, Matt Andres, Jim Niccum and Guest Curator, John Kurdyla to reproduce sound. In 2014, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates was given a working prototype of the first Edison phonograph, which was crafted by machinist, Bill Miller. The device records sound on metal foil which can be played back to show how the vibrations and the sound are recorded and music is created. The audience will be invited to take part in this hands-on science demonstration and learn about the many types of phonographs which are in the Edison Ford Museum collection.
Seating is limited; reservations are requested by calling 239-334-7419. Groups of 15 or more may book a demonstration on selected dates and times.
Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members fee included with admission to the Lab and Museum.

Museum West Porch
Unveiling & Summer Concert with Friends
July 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The NEW porch on the Edison Ford Museum will be dedicated with an evening event that includes continuous live music performed by some of the Edison Ford favorite guest artists and refreshments will be served. The Museum galleries will also be open for browsing. The Museum West Porch is the first addition to the Museum in 30 years and will add a beautiful new covered space and allow for easy access to the gardens and galleries. RSVP to 239-334-7419.

Happy Birthday Henry Ford
July 30, 2014
Ford Motor Company Employees Admitted FREE

Edison Ford will be celebrating the 151st birthday of Henry Ford with FREE admission to active and retired Ford Motor Company employees on July 30, 2014. Free admission includes a self-guided audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, lab and museum. Edison Ford will be offering a special behind-the-scenes tour of “The Mangoes,” the winter estate of Henry Ford and his family, beginning every half hour starting at 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for ALL visitors. Edison Ford Members are FREE; the non-members behind-the-scenes tour is included in the regular price of a homes and garden tour ticket.

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