Author Leonard DeGraaf to Speak at Edison National Historical Park on October 30
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 • 10:38pm
WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at 6:30 p.m, Thomas Edison National Historical Park Archivist Leonard DeGraaf will speak about his new book, Edison and the Rise of Innovation. The program will be held at the Laboratory Complex at 211 Main Street. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Reservations can be made by calling 973-736-0550 ext.89. There is no fee for the program. Books will be available for purchase. The Friends of Thomas Edison NHP will provide light refreshments at a book-signing and reception following the presentation.
Thomas Edison (1847-1931) was more than history’s most prolific inventor. He combined scientific knowledge, well-equipped laboratories, talented collaborators, investment capital and a bit of showmanship to change the way we innovate new technologies. Edison and the Rise of Innovation chronicles Edison’s life and work, making lively and lavish use of rarely-seen historic photographs, lab notebooks and advertising material. Published by Sterling Signature in October 2013, it was produced in association with the Edison Innovation Foundation, the Charles Edison Fund and the National Park Service. Another famous innovator – Bill Gates – has written the foreword to this fresh look at Thomas Edison.
Edison and the Rise of Innovation introduces the inventor who did more than just invent the phonograph, incandescent electric light and motion picture camera, he translated ideas into commercial products, creating dozens of companies to manufacture and market his inventions. The book reminds us that Edison still matters because he faced the same questions modern innovators confront today: which ideas should I develop? How do I raise money to support research? How do I motivate my team? What’s the best way to manufacture and sell my products?
Before joining the National Park Service in 1991, DeGraaf was on the staff of the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers University. He is the author of Historic Photos of Thomas Edison (Turner Publishing, 2008), and his articles have appeared Business History Review and other publications. He received an MA in history from Rutgers University.
Please join us at this event as we kickoff of THE YEAR OF INNOVATION to celebrate the New Jersey 350th Anniversary in 2014. Since 1664 New Jersey has provided a welcome home for inventors and entrepreneurs like Thomas Edison and there is no better place to learn about the history of innovation than Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange. Special programs for all ages will be offered monthly. For more information and updates about THE YEAR OF INNOVATION, First Friday, Second Saturday and Third Thursdayevents, please visit www.nps.gov/edis monthly. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Thomas Edison National Historical Park is a National Park Service site dedicated to promoting an international understanding and appreciation of the life and extraordinary achievements of Thomas Alva Edison by preserving, protecting, and interpreting the Park’s extensive historic artifact and archive collections at the Laboratory Complex and Glenmont, the Edison family estate. The Visitor Center is located at 211 Main Street in West Orange, New Jersey. For more information or directions call 973- 736-0550 extension 11or visit our website at www.nps.gov/edis.
The Friends of Thomas Edison National Historical Park, is a not-for profit organization dedicated to supporting Thomas Edison NHP in the preservation, restoration and promotion of Thomas A. Edison’s laboratory and home through advocacy, volunteer service and fundraising. The Friends also strive to foster an appreciation of Thomas A. Edison and his achievements by assisting in the planning of special events and providing programs that satisfy the needs and interests of its members and the local community.