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Seduced by the Light: The Mina Miller Edison Story

Monday, March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

You may be unfamiliar with the name Mina Miller Edison,  but without her we would have a very different image of Thomas Edison!


Plan to join us for a special program with scholar Alexandra Rimer, author of the first and only biography of Mina Miller Edison,  who became Thomas Edison’s second wife when she was twenty years old.

With unprecedented access to Edison family diaries, memoirs and letters, Rimer was able to reveal how much of Edison’s much-mythologized public persona was in fact shaped by Mina.  Despite the challenges the young socialite encountered in becoming a wife to a difficult, distracted man and mother to his wayward children, Mina dedicated herself to ensuring Edison’s lasting fame as the most famous inventor in American history. Rimer has recovered Mina’s long-overlooked role in the Thomas Edison story–one of sacrifice and determination.

Copies of the book will be available to purchase from the author.

Registration is requested by not required.

Alexandra Rimer has been an Assistant Editor at the Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University since 2005. She is a co-recipient of the Eugene S. Ferguson Prize (Papers of Thomas A. Edison), Society for the History of Technology, 2005. She is also a frequent lecturer on Mina Miller Edison at the Thomas Edison National Historic Park in West Orange, New Jersey.


Women's History Month



Monday, March 4
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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