Edison Statue on Bench Dedication
The Edison Birthplace will dedicate the “Edison Statue on Bench” on Tuesday February 11 at 1:30 PM. The image of Edison sitting on this bench was inspired by Thomas Edison’s last visit to his birthplace on August 11, 1923. At the event, apple pie, which was Edison’s favorite dessert, will be served. Visitors are also free to take a photo sitting next to Edison.
This Edison Statue on Bench recognizes the special efforts and leadership of Chairperson Don Gfell and the late Jeanette Henry, who led the many “Friends of Edison Birthplace” to make the U.S. Capitol Statue a reality. The Edison statue in the National Statuary Hall Collection, unveiled September 21, 2016, is one of two representing the great State of Ohio in Washington D.C.
Special gratitude is due to the sculptor, Alan Cottrill, who created three remarkable statues of Edison in his studio in Zanesville. In addition to the images of Edison represented in Statuary Hall and now at the Birthplace, he also created the Edison statue in front of Milan Township Hall.