WEST ORANGE, NJ - As part of its Year of Innovation programming, Thomas Edison National Historical Park continues its unique glimpses into Thomas Edison's world in the month of September with "Thomas Edison-Rubber and Road Trips."

In the late 1920s Edison, along with close friends Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, researched domestic sources of natural rubber. Special exhibits, original artifacts, photos and more will be on display at the Laboratory Complex located at 211 Main Street, West Orange, unless otherwise noted, and are included the $7.00 admission fee.

September 5, 2:30 pm: "Edison’s Quest for Rubber In 1927," film and discussion with Joan Rico-Harris, Museum Curator. Believe it or not, Edison selected goldenrod as a promising source of domestic rubber in his Ft. Myers Botanical Research lab.

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September 13 at 10:00 am (for children): "Chemistry 101," mix up batches of silly putty and slime while learning about Edison's rubber experiments. A parent or guardian must also attend. 

September 18 at 7:00 pm: "Our Vacation Days: The Road Trips of Thomas Edison," with Archivist Leonard DeGraaf. From 1915 to 1924, Edison traveled annually across the USA with the likes of Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, John Burroughs and Warren Harding. Rarely seen photos of Edison and his friends on vacation will be shown and discussed.
Don't forget...the recently opened "Transformed: Looking at the Age of Edison Through the Witness Trees of Glenmont" at the Firehouse Gallery in Orange.  For more information, go to: http://thealternativepress.com/towns/west-orange/articles/transformed-looking-at-the-age-of-edison-throug.

For more information about Thomas Edison National Historical Park, go to: http://www.nps.gov/edis/index.htm.