— Edison’s Birth 175 Years Ago —

— Creation of the Edison Birthplace Museum 75 Years Ago —

The 175th Anniversary Celebration of Thomas A. Edison’s birth in 1847 was held on Oct. 22, 2022, in Milan, Ohio. Featuring many events and displays, it was great fun and informative for all who attended.

Edison Birthplace Vice President Don Gfell brought and displayed many original Edison devices and exhibits, highlighting a variety of Edison inventions. Of special interest was his narrated demonstration of an original Edison projector showing original movie footage — some of the

first moving pictures in history.

He also operated an original Edison cylinder recorder/player, sounding an early recording of Mr. Edison thanking the attendance of an early audience, which applied to those in attendance at this event more than a century later.

The local high school’s Edison Drama Club gave a live stage performance of the locally-created musical Edison Lite (Re-Lit), which was written and first performed twenty-five years ago for Edison’s 150th birthday celebration. It was written and directed by drama teacher Rex Stanforth and performed by drama club members from Edison High School.

Throughout the hall were posters and displays telling stories of Edison’s life, both as a child in Milan and later in his productive adult years.

The event was advertised regionally. People from 51 different zip codes attended, including visitors from Michigan and Pennsylvania.

The event also celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Edison Birthplace Museum. Over those years, thousands have visited the birthplace and learned of Thomas Edison’s origins in Milan, where his destiny as a world-changing inventor first germinated. Many event participants were able to tour the birthplace.

We are indebted to Don and Bobbie Gfell for all they did, Rob and Patty DeLand of White Dog Bed and Breakfast for artwork and hospitality, the Village of Milan who assisted with our Banner Project, and to the Milan Township trustees, who provided the large display room in the historic Town Hall on the village square for the event. Shores and Islands Ohio provided a grant to publicize the event.

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"Everything, anything is possible. We know nothing; we have to creep by the light of experiments, never knowing the day or the hour that we shall find what we are after."

- Thomas Alva Edison

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Spring 1862
Fall 1853

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