WEST ORANGE, NJ - The public is invited to attend the Second Annual Muckers’ Ball, which is being held on Oct. 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, located at 211 Main Street in West Orange. The main Edison Laboratory building will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the leisurely enjoyment of guests.

The fee for members is $45; non-members $55; and $60 at the door. Tickets may be purchased online or by mail HERE. Online and mail-order sales close at midnight, on Sept. 25. Click HERE to become a member.

The event will be held under canvas and under the stars at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park. Food will include hors d’oeuvres, casual grub, sweets, beer, wine, and soft drinks with offerings from The Manor and The Essex House.

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Guests will dance and sing along to the music of Jim Keefe, who will be offering a mix of vintage and contemporary tunes. There will also be a multimedia display by visual artist Keri Knowles. 

The event is called the Muckers’ Ball because in the era of Thomas Edison, the researchers in Edison’s laboratory called him “the old man,” and in turn, he called them "muckers." When they worked all night, Edison fed his muckers on site. The event celebrates those days at the very spot where the muckers worked—and ate.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Friends of Thomas Edison National Historical Park, a non-profit organization that has been supporting the Edison legacy since 1984. Projects to be funded are as follows:

  • $20,000 to repair line shafts in heavy machine shop that run along the ceiling to transfer power to the shop machines.
  • $10,000 to conserve two rare Edison talking dolls in the TENHP collection.
  • $20,000 to replace approximately 20 historic plantings at Glenmont destroyed in the storms of 2012-2013.

The Friends of Thomas Edison National Historical Park were formed as a charitable, non-profit organization to promote directly the historical, scientific, educational and interpretive activities of Thomas Edison National Historical Park and to: Stimulate interest in the West Orange Laboratory of Thomas A. Edison and his home “Glenmont;” Generate appreciation of the Edison heritage and history; Assist in planning and sponsoring special events related to and supporting Thomas Edison NHP; and Conduct fundraising projects for the purpose of sustaining the functions of the Friends of Edison and in support of the preservation, historic, scientific and interpretive activities of Thomas Edison NHP.