Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, NJ

On Sunday, May 7, 2017 the IEEE Consultants’ Network of Northern NJ ( will conduct a field trip to the Edison Laboratory in West Orange, starting at 9:45 am.

About the Topic

[From National Park Service] Thomas Edison National Historical Park promotes an international understanding and appreciation of the life and achievements of Thomas Alva Edison by preserving the last and largest of his laboratories, home of the perfected phonograph, motion pictures, the nickel-iron alkaline storage battery, and a variety of other products. Glenmont, the Edison estate in nearby Llewellyn Park, was the domestic retreat from the frenzy of lab and factory. 

The Laboratory Complex includes fourteen historic structures, six of which were built in 1887 as the first laboratory dedicated to the “business of inventing.” Many rooms contain their original furnishings. A replica of the world’s first motion picture studio, the “Black Maria,” is also part of the park. Museum collections encompass over 400,000 artifacts including prototype and commercial Edison products, laboratory furnishings and equipment, and personal items used by the Edison’s in their home. The Edison Archives includes an estimated five million documents, 48,000 sound recordings, 10,000 rare books, 4,000 laboratory notebooks and 60,000 photographic images. These collections are among the largest in the National Park Service. The Edison home at Glenmont is a twenty-nine room brick and timber mansion built in 1880 and surrounded by fifteen acres of landscaped grounds, a greenhouse and potting shed, barn and stables, and a garage (made of Edison poured concrete). 

Registration and Fees

The size of our tour group is limited. In order to participate, you MUST contact Steven Garfinkel at in advance, no later than by May 3. 

The Consultants’ Network does not charge any fees to participate in the tour. However, the normal NPS museum entrance fee applies.

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Sunday May 7, 2017 at 9:45 AM

Thomas Edison National Historical Park, 211 Main St, West Orange, NJ 07052

Non-members welcome!