Thomas Edison National Historical Park
211 Main St, West Orange, NJ 07052
Keynote Speaker: Rita DiMatteo
Llewellyn Park Historical Society
Rita DiMatteo is the co-author of Postcards from Llewellyn Park along with noted photographer and visual artist Bill Westheimer. DiMatteo will discuss the origins and development of the first private community in the U.S., including community and landscape design, neighborhood life in the mid 1800s, the area’s significance as home to Thomas Edison and other influential residents, as well as efforts to preserve the integrity of its common parkland and historic structures. Q&A and book signing to follow the talk.
Luncheon & Business Meeting
Presentation of the John Cotton Dana Award
Every other year this award is presented to an outstanding museum professional who has made significant contributions to the growth and development of New Jersey museums. Mr. Dana, who founded the Newark Museum in 1909, was a pioneer in his belief that museums should strive to become stronger and more enriching presence in people’s lives. His progressive philosophy regarding the educational and community service roles of museums still holds true today.
Tours of Glenmont Estate
Spend an afternoon exploring Glenmont, the estate of Thomas and Mina Edison. Thomas Edison purchased this grand estate for his new bride, Mina Miller Edison, in 1886. It is here that the Edisons raised their children and entertained friends, family, and Edison business associates.
Door Prize: Museum Swag Bag!
Who doesn’t love museum swag? All attendees will be entered for a chance to win a basket full of New Jersey museum gifts, keepsakes, and surprises. New members get an extra chance to win!
Member registration is now open; nonmember registration opens May 1. Limited capacity – register early!