Edison's New Jersey
You can't go far in NJ without seeing a sign that says Washington Slept Here, but what about Edison Slept here?! Edison had a love of napping. "You know when I am working on anything I keep at it night and day, sleeping a few hours with my clothes on." TAE, 1889.
This robust map shows the important sites in New Jersey related to the life, naps and work of Thomas Edison.
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The Year of Innovation
Did you know The Thomas Edison Papers is a cooperative project between Rutgers University and The Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange? What was originally thought to be one million pages of Edison's lab books, note books and letters turned out to be over five million pages and we were sorting and cataloging together from the very start! During this next year we are supporting the Thomas Edison Historical Park's "THE YEAR OF INNOVATION" series by highlighting and exploring corresponding documents available in our editions. Be sure to check out our Year of Innovation each month for a new Edison study!
Featured Document: Edison Memo Book, 1886
Volume 8 includes Edison's purchase of land for a winter home and laboratory on Florida's Gulf Coast. He sketched in characteristic detail how he wanted the grounds to look and wrote dozens of specific instructions for setting out a variety of decorative and fruit-bearing plants. Visitors to Fort Myers today can still see Edison's vision in the landscaping of his property. Check out the notebook entry - Image 19