FORT MYERS DAR CHAPTER HONORS MINA EDISON

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The Caloosahatchee Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has presented a Certificate of Award for Women in American History in honor of Mina Edison, wife of Thomas Alva Edison.

J. Tom Smoot Jr., a trustee of the Charles Edison Fund, accepted the honorary certificate.

Edison was instrumental in the formation of the Caloosahatchee Chapter of the NSDAR in 1927 with 21 members. The chapter now has 120 members. Her personal correspondence, housed at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, documents her commitment to the beautification of Fort Myers and her efforts to consolidate the missions of local clubs and civic organizations.

In 1919, she founded the Fort Myers Round Table. She invited local leaders to assemble at Seminole Lodge, her home in Fort Myers, to discuss and implement plans for community improvement. She advocated recreation and musical instruction for children and the recognition of women.

On March 17, 1947, five months before her death, Mina met with the Thomas A. Edison Botanical Gardens Committee. She outlined her wishes for future landscaping of Seminole Lodge, which she had donated to the City of Fort Myers.

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