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Learn About Edison's Electric Lighting System at Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Cynthia Cumming

Monday, December 30, 2013 • 12:30am

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Thomas Edison National Historical Park, located at 211 Main St. in West Orange, continues its Year of Innovation programming with series of events highlighting Edison's experiments in electrical lighting as well as new milennium lighting technology.

Edison helped to establish the development of the first truly practical incandescent electric lamp as well as the infrastructure for mass production, and therefore, electric light and power utilities.  Early central stations established in London and Pearl Street in New York City paved the way for a display at the 1889 Paris Exposition. 

Here is the schedule of events:

Jan. 3 at 2:30 p.m.
Thomas Edison and the Paris Exposition of 1889
 
Edison's exhibits comprised over a third of the space allotted for American companies at the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris.  Mass market versions of his phonograph's were featured.  
 
Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. (for children)
How does a light bulb work?
 
Learn about the 3000-plus products Edison tried for use as filaments for his electric light. Try an experiment to see if you can light a bulb.
 
Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. 
Electric Lighting – Then and Now
 
See how lighting technology has changed over the years.
 
The Year of Innovation celebrates the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey in 2014. For more information and updates about THE YEAR OF INNOVATION - First Friday, Second Saturday and Third Thursday events, visit www.nps.gov/edis each month.
 
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