Historical Society of
Township of Bloomfield, New Jersey, founded in 1812

Tuesday, March 28

Edison and the Rise of Innovation

7:30 PM, Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 Broad Street
Leonard DeGraaf, Thomas Edison National Historical Park Archivist


Thomas Edison (1847-1931) was more than history’s most prolific inventor. He combined scientific knowledge, well-equipped laboratories, talented collaborators, investment capital and a bit of showmanship to change the way we develop new technologies. Edison and the Rise of Innovation chronicles Edison’s life and work, making lively and lavish use of rarely-seen historic photographs, lab notebooks and advertising material. Published by Sterling Signature in 2013, it was produced in association with the Edison Innovation Foundation, the Charles Edison Fund and the National Park Service. Another famous innovator—Bill Gates—has written the foreword to this fresh look at Thomas Edison.

Edison and the Rise of Innovation introduces the inventor who did more than just invent the phonograph, incandescent electric light and motion picture camera, he translated ideas into commercial products, creating dozens of companies to manufacture and market his inventions. The book reminds us that Edison still matters because he faced the same questions modern innovators confront today: which ideas should I develop? How do I raise money to support research? How do I motivate my team? What’s the best way to manufacture and sell my products?


Saturday, April 29

Morris Canal Greenway in Bloomfield Hike

10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

This hike is fully booked. If you'd like to be notified of future hikes, email MorrisCanal@gmail.com.

Sponsored by the Morris Canal Greenway in Bloomfield Committee, Historical Society of Bloomfield, and the Bloomfield Recreation Department


Looking north towards the Berkeley Avenue Bridge over the Morris Canal and Second River (to the right).

Morris Canal Aqueduct over Second River near the Second River footbridge from Newark Avenue to Walnut Street.

Former Erie Railroad Bridge over the Morris Canal. Near GSP southbound Exit 149.


New Addition to our web site

Our newest addition is a set of historic maps of Bloomfield from the 1906 Mueller Atlas of Essex County


Morris Canal in Bloomfield Presentation was March 22

If you missed the program but would like to learn about the Morris Canal in Bloomfield, you can watch the program on WBMA TV online: Morris Canal in Bloomfield

90 Broad Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

Museum Hours
Wednesday: 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Saturday September to June: 10:00am - 12:30pm
and by appointment

Soldier and Sailors Monument
on the Historic Green

Historical Society of Bloomfield Collection

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