FORT MYERS, Fla.- On Sunday, May 25th, The American Chemical Society will recognize the Edison Botanical Research Laboratory as a National Historic Landmark, the first recognition of it's kind in Florida.
The lab was founded by Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, post World War One. After the three men became concerned about America's dependence on foreign sources of rubber.
Edison and his team analyzed more than 17,000 plant samples from around the world for their latex content and crossbred species to increase their rubber content.
“Because of Edison’s contribution to chemistry, we have been designated as the first site in Florida and only one of a few in the nation. We are a scientific site as well as a beautiful estate and garden,” says Edison Ford President & CEO Chris Pendleton.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony and join in on the celebration for the plaque unveiling as well as tours of the laboratory, typically not open to the public.
You'll also have the chance to try your hand at science, with family-friendly science activities and demonstrations with the Edison Ford Wild Wizard, Chemists.
The ceremony will take place from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Edison Ford Estates, located at 2350 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers.