For more than forty years, the laboratory created by Thomas Alva Edison in West Orange, New Jersey, had enormous impact on the lives of millions of people worldwide. Out of the West Orange laboratories came the motion picture camera, vastly improved phonographs, sound recordings, silent and sound movies and the nickel-iron alkaline electric storage battery.
Thomas Edison National Historical Park provides a unique opportunity to interpret and experience important aspects of America's industrial, social and economic past, and to learn from the legacy of the world's best known inventor.
The National Park Foundation encourages and promotes local fundraising support at individual national park sites. Friends of Edison is a nonprofit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Thomas Edison's laboratory and home.