Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Aaron Karlsruher

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Located at 37 Honey Suckle Ave in West Orange, New Jersey, The Thomas Edison National Historical Park in a unique monument that pays homage to one of the world’s most important and influential inventors.  The park consists of 14 buildings that encompassed all aspects of Edison’s life including his laboratory and his Glenmont estate as well as the manufacturing plants where his inventions and products were massed produced.  What surprised me most about the monument was the vast are Edison’s inventions covered.  Though known mostly for the incandescent light bulb, Edison had over 1,000 U.S. patents in his name.

Visiting the park prompted me to think not only about the genius of Thomas Edison, but more importantly the profound and lasting effects his inventions have had on the way we live today.  Without such inventions as the first car battery, the first incandescent light bulb, the first movie camera and first sound recording methods American culture, and the landscape of the modern world would be entirely different.

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is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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