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Edison National Historic Site
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. Historic District
U.S. National Historic Site
U.S. National Historical Park
Thomas Edison National Historical Park is located in New Jersey
Location: Main St. between Alden and Lakeside Sts., West Orange, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°47′13″N 74°14′16″W / 40.78694°N 74.23778°W / 40.78694; -74.23778Coordinates: 40°47′13″N 74°14′16″W / 40.78694°N 74.23778°W / 40.78694; -74.23778
Area: 21.25 acres (0.08 km²)[2]
Built/Founded: 1887
Architect: Holly,H. Hudson
Architectural style(s): Late Victorian, Queen Anne
Visitation: 11,663 (2003)
Governing body: National Park Service
Added to NRHP: October 15, 1966
Designated NHS: September 5, 1962
Designated NHP: March 30, 2009
NRHP Reference#: 66000052[1]

Thomas Edison National Historical Park preserves Thomas Edison's laboratory and residence, Glenmont, in West Orange, New Jersey. For more than forty years, the laboratory had a major impact on the lives of people worldwide. Out of the West Orange laboratories came the motion picture camera, improved phonographs, sound recordings, silent and sound movies and the nickel-iron alkaline electric storage battery.

The history of how the site became a National Historic Park is complicated. Edison's home was designated as the Edison Home National Historic Site on December 6, 1955. The laboratory was designated as Edison Laboratory National Monument on July 14, 1956. On September 5, 1962, the 21-acre (85,000 m2) site containing the home and the laboratory were designated the Edison National Historic Site and overseen by the National Park Service.[2] On March 30, 2009 it was renamed Thomas Edison National Historical Park, adding "Thomas" to the title hopes to relieve confusion between the Edison sites in West Orange, NJ and Edison, NJ.[3] Following extensive renovations of the laboratory complex, there was a grand reopening on October 10, 2009.

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In popular culture

In 2002, the group They Might Be Giants released a song called "The Edison Museum" about this site.

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References

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. http://www.nr.nps.gov/.  
  2. ^ a b "Edison Park Management". National Park Service. http://www.nps.gov/edis/parkmgmt/index.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-16.  
  3. ^ "ACT COMMEMORATING THE LITE, OR LIFETIME INNOVATIONS OF THOMAS EDISON". Congressional Record. February 28, 2006. http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/query/R?r109:FLD001:H50395. Retrieved 2009-08-16.  

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