A Legacy of Innovation: Thomas Edison and Henry Ford in Florida

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Please join us as we welcome Mike Cosden, the Chief Operating Officer of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, FL who will discuss how two American Icons spent their winters in a tiny town in southwest Florida, and what they accomplished there. He will explore how the lives and work of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison left a lasting legacy in Florida, Georgia, and beyond.

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates includes the Edison and Ford homes, Edison Caretaker’s House and the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory. The Edison Ford Museum features an impressive collection of inventions and artifacts, special exhibitions and archives. Mr. Cosden will share with us how Thomas and Edison and Henry Ford cultivated a friendship, worked together to improve automobiles and searched for a natural source of rubber that could be grown domestically.

Mike Cosden is the Chief Operating Officer of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. In that role, he works to develop original exhibits, update the Edison Ford museum, preserve historic structures and artifacts, and interpret the legacies of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. He is co-author of the book “Edison & Ford in Florida.”

This lecture is Part I of a two-part series. Save the date for Thursday. January 4th at 7 p.m. when Dr. Richard Wallace will go more in depth about the experiements being performed by Edison and Ford in Fort Myers and Richmond Hill.

This event is free for members of the society or $5 for non-members. Memberships available at event.