EDISON, NJ - Residents of Edison Township and surrounding communities are invited to participate in a day of celebration for the renovation of the famous Edison Memorial Tower,on Christie Street, on Saturday, October 24.
Thomas Edison, for whom the township is named, perfected the incandescent light bulb in 1879 on the spot where the tower now stands. A daylong celebration is planned. The free event is being sponsored by the board of the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park.
“The special relationship Middlesex County shares with the legacy of Thomas Edison has never been forgotten, and this monument is one of the most significant reminders of that relationship,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “To see the Tower restored will be an event that should not be missed.”
“The Tower has long been a symbol of Edison Township and the developments made here by Thomas Edison himself,” said Freeholder Charles E. Tomaro, chair of the County’s Infrastructure Management Committee, who also serves on the Thomas Edison Center Board. “It is only fitting that it should be lit once more for all to enjoy.”
There will be activities for children's enjoyment, tables sponsored by area businesses, and music provided by school bands and choirs. The museum and its outdoor gift shop will open for tourists. Refreshments will be available for purchase on site. A picnic grove for seating is available.
A re-enactor portraying Thomas Edison will be available for photo opportunities and a park ranger from the Thomas Edison National Historical Park will be conducting two demonstrations on how recordings were done on wax cylinders, which were another of Edison's numerous inventions. The culmination of the event will be the lighting of the Tower, which has been dark for years.
Parking will be available at the Menlo Park Elementary School, 155 Monroe Avenue, (off Calvert Street-West). Busing to the Thomas Edison Center will be provided from Menlo Park School.
The rededication day marks the beginning of fundraising for an expansion to the Thomas Edison Center, with plans to include an educational center and community meeting place.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 12:30 P.M. The tower will be lighted at 7 P.M
A raindate is set for October 25.