Wednesday, December 26, 2012
All National Parks, including the West Orange Edison sites, are open during the holidays
Think tank, West Orange-style! The Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange is open during the holiday week. After undergoing extensive renovations, the Laboratory Complex reopened in October 2009, when Patch visited. The original music recording studio, Thomas Edison's private laboratory, and a photography studio are now open to the public for the first time in the history of the park. The original furnishings have been moved back into many rooms and the vast and unique museum collections are available for all to see, hear, and experience. Installation of an elevator and stair tower adjacent to the main laboratory building allows public access to the upper floors of the laboratory that now feature new exhibits. Visitors can …
Friday, October 19, 2012
The Friends of Thomas Edison National Historical Park invite you to get
into the Halloween spirit
Boo! Not scared yet? Then try this: The The Friends of Thomas Edison National Historical Park invite you to get into the Halloween spirit with a viewing of the first motion picture adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The film will be shown at Hat City Kitchen at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 28. Tom Meyers, Executive Director of the Fort Lee Film Commission, and John Columbus, Founder and Director of the Black Maria Film Festival, will introduce the film and lead a discussion following the screening. The, 15-minute Frankenstein, released by the Edison Company in 1910, was believed lost to posterity until a single print was discovered in the mid-70s. Seeing the film is a rare and seasonally-suitable opportunity! For additional …
Saturday, October 13, 2012
The Thomas Edison National Park will be presenting a "Last Moments" tour on October 20.
In October 1931, Thomas Alva Edison died at his Glenmont Estate at the age of 84. To commemorate the anniversary of his death, the National Park Service will offer two evening tours of Edison’s home, Glenmont, in Llewellyn Park. The “Last Moments” tours will take place on Saturday, October 20, at 7 and 8 p.m. Advance reservations are required and space is limited. Call 973-736-0550 ext. 89 for tickets and important driving information. Admission to the program is free. Edison died on October 18, 1931, leaving behind a career that spanned four decades. His public profile and global impact led President Herbert Hoover to request a dimming of all lights nationwide in his memory. After his death, his family arranged a public viewing at …
Friday, June 29, 2012
This week's installment takes a closer look at the park's Heavy Machine Shop.
The West Orange Patch brings you a new video series called "Edison Unveiled." This new series will bring the Thomas Edison National Historical Park to your computer screen, and each installment will highlight something different found within the park. This week's installment features the Heavy Machine Shop.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
12 sound recordings made in the late 1800s capture voices of prominent figures, musical performances; available online
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Karen Yi
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Sound recordings made on Thomas Edison's wax cylinder phonograph will, for the first-time in more than 100 years, be played for the public. The National Park Service announced earlier this week the release of 12 records made in 1889 and 1890 in Germany, Austria, Prussia and France. Though scratchy, the dozen recordings capture a medley of musical performances and the voices of prominent German figures Otto von Bismarck and Helmuth von Moltke. The wax cylinder records were found in a decrepit wooden box in 1957 burrowed inside the library of Edison's laboratory. Museum curators catalogued the finding and said the box contained 17 brown wax cylinders in "fair and poor condition" as many of the cylinders were fragmented and missing pieces, …