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Get ready for our 75th Edison Birthday Celebration at the Birthplace! Join us the weekend of October 22nd.

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"All things come to those who hustle while they wait."

- Thomas Alva Edison

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History in August

August 27th, 1878: Begins electric lighting experiments.

August 09th, 1884: Mary Stilwell Edison (Edison’s first wife) dies at Menlo Park, age 29.

August 3rd, 1890: Edison's third son, Charles, is born.

August 1890: Purchases property in Silver Lake, New Jersey (now the Bloomfield-Belleville area); locates the plant of the Edison Manufacturing Company on the site.

August 24th, 1891: Executes patent applications (U. S. Pats. 493,426 and 589,168) for the kinetoscope and kinetograph.


When did Thomas Alva Edison receive a special Congressional Medal for "illuminating the path of progress through the development and application of inventions that have revolutionized civilization in the last century"?

Which is the correct answer?
July 1927
October 1928
September 1929

Last month's question: True or False: Thomas Edison’s first teacher was his mother.

Answer: False

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