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New exhibit to open at Edison and Ford Winter Estates

By Staff | Sep 25, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Thomas Edison stands in his research laboratory, holding one of his experimental light bulbs.

The public is invited to the “DC vs. AC: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify America” exhibit opening on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Edison Caretaker’s House at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates.

The exhibit explores the differences and similarities of the inventors, as well as the differences between alternating and direct current. Chief Curator Brent Newman will give a gallery talk on the relationships in the context of 19th century history and science.

The event coincides with the opening of “The Current War,” a movie about how Edison and Tesla disagreed on which type of electric current was best. Edison believed his direct current was superior to Tesla’s alternating current; however, Tesla ultimately won that war, as alternating current is used around the world today.

Exhibit opening attendees will receive a complimentary glass of beer or champagne, light hors d’oeuvres will be provided and a pianist will play period music; a cash bar will be available.

Admission is free for Edison Ford members and $10 for non-members.

The Edison and Ford Winter Estates is at 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.