Mdou Moctar to record at the Edison Laboratory

WEST ORANGE, NJ – On Wednesday, May 2, at 7 p.m., Thomas Edison National Historical Park welcomes guitarist Mdou Moctar and his band from Agadez, Niger; Mdou Moctar will make sound recordings at Edison’s West Orange Laboratory using a 1909 wax cylinder phonograph. Internet users can watch live streaming video of the recording session via […]

Students light up annual Earth Hour event at Edison NHP

Students light up annual Earth Hour event at Edison NHP

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Just as the concept for the annual worldwide Earth Hour event has evolved, so too has the West Orange Environmental Commission’s annual event at Thomas Edison National Historical Park, held on March 14 and featuring a wide range of environmental initiatives. WOEC Chairman Mike Brick served as emcee for the event […]

Black Maria returns to WO

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Sponsored by the West Orange Film Society, the Black Maria Film Festival returns to the AMC Dine-In Theatre, Essex Green 9, in honor of Thomas Edison’s birthday, on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at The films will be presented in-person […]

Glenmont named a ‘must-see building’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Last month, USA Today published a list compiled by the magazine and American Institute of Architects of New Jersey’s 25 must-see buildings. Thomas Alva Edison’s West Orange estate, Glenmont, made the cut and was included on this distinguished list. “It is fitting that America’s greatest inventor of mass-produced technology should reside […]

Liter of Light returns to WO at end of national tour

Liter of Light returns to WO at end of national tour

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School students became engineers Monday, Dec. 11, when they gathered to build circuits with Liter of Light, a nonprofit organization that aims to bring affordable and sustainable solar light to people without access to electricity. A crowd of students, teachers and town officials came together to make the […]

Muckers Ball brings the Edison factory to life

Muckers Ball brings the Edison factory to life

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The 2017 Muckers Ball was a huge success on Saturday, Oct. 14, helping to raise funds to conserve Thomas Edison’s electric charging station in the Glenmont Garage. The event, which featured live music and food donated by local eateries, celebrating Edison’s spirit of invention as well as the hard work of […]

Family fun at Thomas Edison NHP

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Thomas Edison National Historical Park will be joining national park sites around the country in celebrating National Public Lands Day with a fee-free day on Saturday, Sept. 30. All activities are free and reservations are not required. The laboratory complex at 211 Main St. in West Orange will be open with […]

Get electrified by the fourth annual Muckers Ball

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Friends of Edison will host its fourth annual Muckers Ball, to raise funds for the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the 211 Main St. The Muckers’ Ball provides an enjoyable evening to celebrate the Muckers who worked with […]

‘The Origins of Sound Recording’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The National Park Service recently released an online exhibit and videos that share the latest historical research into the beginnings of recorded sound technology. The web presentation, titled “The Origins of Sound Recording,” is available at Recent research calls attention to the work of mid-1800s French inventor Edouard-Leon Scott de […]