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Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange Records 46,677 Visitors in 2013

Cynthia Cumming

Monday, July 28, 2014 • 9:18pm

WEST ORANGE, NJ - West Orange's own National Park, Thomas Edison National Historical Park located at  211 Main Street, got some good news last week from the National Park Service. 2013 Saw 46,677 visitors to the historic site and those visitors spent $2.6 million in communities in and around the area, helping to support 30 jobs.
 
“Thomas Edison NHP is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said superintendent Thomas E. Ross. “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides and to use the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service - and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.” 
 
To read the report conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service, go to http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm.
 
TENHP is offering several unique programs during the month of August as part of their ongoing "Year of Innovation" celebration.
 
Unless noted, all programs are included with the price of admission.
 
1st Friday – August 1 at 2:30 p.m.
Alternate Technologies – Ties to Thomas Edison
Retired engineer and inventor Harry Roman will discuss common alternate technologies, including batteries.
 
2nd Saturday – August 9 at 10 a.m. (especially for children)
Power Up
Bring your kids to learn about solar energy systems and batteries. Retired engineer and inventor, Harry Roman will be here to organize the fun and learning. 
 
3rd Thursday – August 21 at 5 p.m.
LABORATORY COURTYARD CONCERT LABORATORY ECHOES: MUSIC FROM THE AGE OF EDISON
Rick Benjamin and members of the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
Performing music from the heyday of the Edison Laboratory, ranging from popular "hits" of the era to compositions by Edison staff musicians, as well as music celebrating Edison's inventions. All music will be performed from original 19th and early 20th century scores. To learn more, go to: www.paragonragtime.com.
 
August 28 to September 21, 2014
EXHIBITION - TRANSFORMED: LOOKING AT THE AGE OF EDISON THROUGH THE WITNESS TREES OF GLENMONT
ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery, 580 Forest Street, Orange, NJ
An exhibition of artworks made from trees downed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 from Thomas Edison’s estate, Glenmont, in Llewellyn Park. A joint program of the Rhode Island School of Design, the National Park Service (Witness Tree Project) and ValleyArts, the exhibition will be featured at the ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery, 580 Forest Street, Orange NJ. The Gallery is open Thursdays 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Sundays 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment.  Admission is free. More information and a schedule of gallery talks will be posted at valleyartsnj.com and nps.gov/edis.
 
June 7 to August 31, 2014
DREAM ROCKET ART EXHIBIT – Free admission on August 24 
In March, 2014 local artists started submitting 2x2 squares of cloth designed to represent INNOVATION – EDISON AND BEYOND. The artwork may be about something that Thomas Edison invented, something related to New Jersey and its many innovators, something that still needs to be invented or something that represents innovation to the artist. Our local theme was chosen for the New Jersey 350th anniversary, celebrating Liberty, Diversity and Innovation. Almost 200 pieces of artwork have been on exhibit throughout the Laboratory Complex since June 7. Sponsored by the International Fiber Collaborative (IFC), the Dream Rocket Project (DRP) launched in 2009, is collecting 8,000 works of art that will be stitched together to wrap a Saturn V Moon Rocket replica at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama for a public art exhibition. The exhibit will close on August 31 and the artwork will travel to Huntsville, Alabama.
 
Summer hours for the park are 10 am to 4:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday and admission is $7. Children under 16 are free.
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