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National Park Service to Present "Thomas Edison's Last Moments" at Glenmont in West Orange, Saturday, October 20, 2012

Cynthia Cumming

Friday, October 12, 2012 • 2:21pm

WEST ORANGE, NJ – To commemorate the death of Thomas Alva Edison on October 21, 1931, the Nation Park service is offering two tours of Glenmont, Edison's home, in Llewellyn Park, on Saturday, October 20, at 7:00 and 8:00 pm.

Advance reservations are required and space is limited. Call 973-736-0550 ext. 89 for tickets and important driving information.  Admission to the program is free.

When Edison died, President Hoover called for a nationwide dimming of lights.  A two day public viewing was held at the Main Street Laboratory, followed by a private family viewing on the 21 at Glenmont.

The tour will include readings of Edison's Last Will and Testament, his death mask created by family friend and sculptor Earle Frasier, and a bronze cast of Edison's hand.

Edison purchased Glenmont as a wedding gift to his wife, Mina, and they raised their family there.  Half of Edison's patents were generated in West Orange.

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 Edison 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 please call 973-736-0550 ext. 11 or visit their  website at www.nps.gov/edis.

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