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Books for Children
Books for Adults
Places to Visit

Books For Children

  • Asimov, Isaac. How Did We Find Out About Electricity? New York: Walker, 1973.
  • Cousins, Margaret. The Story of Thomas Alva Edison. New York: Random House, 1981.
  • Edison Special Edition, Cobblestone, 1980. Reissued as Edison. New York: Eastern Acorn Press, 1982.
  • Greene, Carol . Thomas Alva Edison, Bringer of Light. Chicago: Children's Press, 1985.
  • Hutchings, David W. Edison at Work. New York: Hastings House, 1969.
  • Quackenbush, Robert. What Has Wild Tom Done Now? Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1981.
  • Ross, Josephine. Thomas Edison. London: Hamish Hamilton 1982.

Books for Adults

  • Baldwin, Neil. Edison: Inventing the Century. New York: Hyperion, 1995.
  • Conot, Robert. A Streak of Luck. New York: Seaview Books, 1979.
  • Friedel, Robert and Paul Israel. Edison's Electric Light: Biography of an Invention. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1986.
  • Josephson, Matthew. Edison. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1959.
  • Wachhorst, Wyn. Thomas Alva Edison, An American Myth. Cambridge, MA.: MIT Press, 1981.

Places to Visit

The Edison Festival of Light
It began as a tribute to commemorate the life and achievements of Fort Myers' most famous citizen, Thomas Alva Edison. Fifty-seven years later, it has developed into Southwest Florida's greatest celebration.

Edison National Historical Site
Main Street at Lakeside Avenue
West Orange, New Jersey 07052
(201) 736-5050
The West Orange laboratory Edison established in 1887 and the grounds surrounding Glenmont. the house where Edison lived from 1886 until he died.

Edison Winter Home and Museum
2350 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, Florida 33901
(813) 334-3614
Edison's winter home built in 1886, and a tropical botanical garden and research laboratory Edison used for his rubber experiments in the 1920s, with a museum of Edison memorabilia and inventions.

The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Boulevard
P.O. Box 1970
Dearborn, Michigan 48124-4088
(313) 271-1620
In Greenfield Village is a reconstruction of the Menlo Park, New Jersey, complex with many original artifacts. Look for the Sarah Jordan boardinghouse where many of Edison's workers lived during the Menlo Park years. Many Edison inventions and patent models are on exhibit.

Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum
9 Edison Drive
Milan, Ohio 44846
(419) 499-2135
The house where Edison was born and lived until he was seven years old, with exhibits about Edison's life, featuring several of his inventions.

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