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Thomas Edison

National Historical Park - New Jersey

Thomas Edison National Historical Park preserves Thomas Edison's laboratory and residence, Glenmont, in West Orange, New Jersey. These were designed, in 1887, by architect Henry Hudson Holly. The Edison laboratories operated for more than 40 years. Out of the West Orange laboratories came the motion picture camera, improved phonographs, sound recordings, silent and sound movies and the nickel-iron alkaline electric storage battery.

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https://www.nps.gov/edis/index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Edison_National_Historical_Park Thomas Edison National Historical Park preserves Thomas Edison's laboratory and residence, Glenmont, in West Orange, New Jersey. These were designed, in 1887, by architect Henry Hudson Holly. The Edison laboratories operated for more than 40 years. Out of the West Orange laboratories came the motion picture camera, improved phonographs, sound recordings, silent and sound movies and the nickel-iron alkaline electric storage battery. Thomas Edison’s home and laboratory are a step back in time, when machines were run by belts and pulleys and music was played on phonographs. Where to the uninformed passerby, the buildings betray little evidence of the industries they once started. Discover where America’s greatest inventor changed our world forever. From the Garden State Parkway take exit 145 or from the New Jersey Turnpike take Exit 15W to Route 280 West. Take Route 280 West to Exit 10. Turn right onto Northfield Avenue. At second light turn left onto Main Street. Go about 0.75 mile to parking on left and Laboratory Complex on the right. From Route 280 East take exit 9. Turn left onto Mt. Pleasant Avenue. At second traffic light turn left onto Main Street. Go about 0.50 mile to parking on left and Laboratory Complex on the right. Glenmont Visitor Center As a public health precaution, and in response to NJ Executive Order 107 the Glenmont Visitor Center is currently closed. Laboratory Complex Visitor Center Open Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 10am - 4pm. Ranger can assist with visitor orientation and information. You must stop here first to obtain passes to Glenmont. Restrooms available From the Garden State Parkway take exit 145 or from the New Jersey Turnpike take Exit 15W to Route 280 West. Take Route 280 West to Exit 10. Turn right onto Northfield Avenue. Left onto Main Street. Go about 0.75 mile to parking on left and Laboratory Complex on the right. From Route 280 East take exit 9. Turn left onto Mt. Pleasant Avenue. At second traffic light turn left onto Main Street. Go about 0.50 mile to parking on left and Laboratory Complex on the right Glenmont - Home of Thomas Edison Large salmon colored Victorian mansion with green lawn and blue sky Thomas Edison purchased Glenmont as a wedding present for his wife Mina in 1886, for the cost of $125,000 USD. Heavy Machine Shop at the Edison Laboratory Complex Large work space room with machines connected to belts and pullies One of main machine shops, where Thomas Edison and his staff worked on research and development, prototypes, and products. Glenmont Garage Cream colored, two story cement building surrounded by large trees Thomas Edison's poured concrete garage houses both electric and gas powered vehicles belonging to the Edison family. Park Entrance Small red building next to large brick building with a water tower in the background. Just as Thomas Edison did every morning, visitors can walk in his footsteps by entering the laboratory complex's iron main gate. Replica Black Maria Large black building covered in tar paper surrounded by a barrier fence The Black Maria was the first building built for the recording of motion pictures. This exact replica of the original was built as a movie set for the film "Edison the Man", starring Spencer Tracy, in 1954. Partnerships add a Charge to your Travel Plans The National Park Service, the National Park Foundation, BMW of North America, the U.S. Department of Energy, concessioners, and gateway communities have collaborated to provide new technologies for travel options to and around national parks. As part of this public-private partnership, BMW of North America, working through the National Park Foundation, donated and arranged for the installation of 100 electric vehicle (EV) charging ports in and around national parks. On Location: An Introduction to Film in National Parks National parks have provided the backdrop for many iconic American films, including the original "Star Wars" trilogy at Death Valley National Park, "Thelma and Louise" at Canyonlands National Park, and many more. Filmmakers have been recording at National Park Service sites since the early years of motion picture history. While the location might not be the first thing in the credits, these films and television shows shine a spotlight on park landscapes. A uniformed ranger shakes hands with C3PO, a Star Wars character, in a bare and hilly landscape. Learning Landscape Preservation at Thomas Edison National Historical Park For students at Stephen T. Mather Building Arts and Craftsmanship High School in New York City, parks are an extension of the classroom. Along with core academic classes, they learn concepts and skills of preserving historic landscapes and structures, then apply that classroom learning in the field. This year, the tenth grade class sharpened their landscape preservation skills at Thomas Edison National Historical Park. Mather High School students stand in front of a row of tools on the lawn of Glenmont Estate. Melting the Amber: Northeast Region Launches Innovative Historic House Pilot A historic house can be like an ant trapped in amber. What was once alive and growing is sealed in a single sepia-tinted moment. What if we could melt the amber? Park employees stand on the porch of Thomas Edison's home, Glenmont Thomas Edison and Military Preparedness "As new technologies changed military conflict during World War I, Thomas Edison called for industrial preparedness, experimented on some of the Navy's most difficult technical problems and helped the U.S. government prepare for future wars by advocating the creation of the Naval Research Laboratory." World War I Political Cartoon Fat Book Week You've heard of #FatBearWeek...now get ready for #FatBookWeek! In honor of the 10,000+ books in the Longfellow family collection, we called on other literary-minded sites to submit the fattest book in their museum collections for a tournament-style bracket of 10 heavyweight tomes. Check out the bracket, then visit @LONGNPS on Instagram each morning from October 6-12 to vote for your favorite bulky book! Graphic of a bear with a paw on a stack of books. Text reads "Fat Book Week October 6-12, 2021"

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