If you missed this very popular free tour last fall, the Sparta Historical Society’s special exhibit at the Van Kirk Homestead Museum, “Thomas A. Edison: The Person, The Vision, and His Genius,” will continue to be open by appointment through Spring 2021.  The exhibit is an overview including Edison’s personal life, telegraphy, sound machines, mining interests, light bulbs, rechargeable batteries, the Vagabonds, and his faithful team known as the Insomnia Squad.  For the first time, it brings together artifacts from numerous institutions as well as from the largest privately-held Edison collection in the world. 

Using all safety guidelines, groups of up to 4 may make a reservation for a 45-minute talk and tour in the gallery.  Alternatively, time can be reserved to independently study the exhibit.  The Edison exhibit is the only area of the Museum currently open.  Reserve by calling 973-726-0883, wait for menu options and Press #2.  Leave a message with name(s), phone number, and a preferred day and time.  We will return the call to confirm.

The Van Kirk Homestead Museum is located at 336 Main St. (Route 517) in Sparta, NJ; use the Sparta Middle School driveway.