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The Port Huron Museum Presents: The Thomas Edison Heritage Tour

Article courtesy of the Port Huron Museum

The Thomas Edison Heritage Tour is the Blue Water Area’s premier excursion throughout Port Huron. The Tour explores Edison’s early life and helps create a historical picture of the great inventor’s formative years.

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The Thomas Edison Train Depot, built in 1858, is located just south of the Blue Water Bridges on the St Clair River and mouth of Lake Huron. It is now the The Thomas Edison Depot and houses an extensive educational collection examining many aspects of Edison’s life.

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The stage will be set at the beginning of the tour with a stroll through the Depot itself. You will then board Port Huron’s historic Trolly for a two hour tour lead by “Depot Dave” Dazer, site manager of the Edison Depot. Dave shares his passion and extensive knowledge of Edison’s life, triumphs and tragedies. The trolley travels to meaningful locations throughout the Port Huron area while listening to a detailed narrative.

Where was Edison’s family home located?
Why did Edison’s education cease at a very young age?
What were the mysterious circumstances surrounding the loss of the Edison family home?
What happened in 1862 that changed Edison’s life?
What does the boulder in Pine Grove Park represent?
What was the family tragedy involving Charlie Edison?
Where’s the building downtown Port Huron that Edison held his first job?
Young Tom Edison-the movie, starring Mickey Rooney premiered in 1940.
Lot’s of fun celebrity history happened in Port Huron-get the scoop!

And, so much more!

The tour concludes at Lakeside Cemetery to pay respect to the inventor’s close and extended family members buried there.

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The tour is made possible by the Port Huron Museum and Blue Water Transit. It has limited seating and it sells out fast so book your seat at Eventbrite.com or by calling the Port Huron Museum at 810 982-0891 extension 118. Like The Port Huron Museums on Facebook and find out about all our special events.

The next Edison Heritage Tour is scheduled for Monday, July 16 at 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Another is on Tuesday, July 31 also from 6:30-8:30 pm. August dates are Saturday, August 11 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm with one other date still to be determined.

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The Port Huron Museum of Arts and History was founded in 1967, and through a community-wide volunteer effort, opened its doors in 1968. Housed in an historic Carnegie Library (built in 1904), the Museum provides exhibitions and programs relating to local history, fine arts (with an emphasis on regional art), decorative arts, natural history, and Great Lakes marine lore. The Museum is the only year-round, multi-disciplinary cultural institution in Michigan’s Thumb Region (a five-county area). The Museum began as a completely volunteer-operated organization, and now employs a staff of seven full-time, three part-time, and seasonal part-time staff during the summer months. In addition to serving our own community, the Museum is recognized throughout the state of Michigan and nationally as a center for research in folk arts, archeology, and Great Lakes marine lore.

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