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Light’s Golden Jubilee

Henry Ford planned a major celebration for the 50th anniversary of Edison’s first successful incandescent lamp. Years before, Ford had purchased the ruins of Edison’s Menlo Park facility, and reconstructed it at his Edison Institute in Dearborn, Michigan (now The Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village).

The program included a large dinner and a re-creation of Edison’s original experiment. The ceremony was presented over a national radio audience. Special guests at the program included President Herbert Hoover and some of Edison’s original Menlo Park employees, including Francis Jehl, who assisted Edison with the demonstration.

 
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