A Step Back in Time
by Christine Adams Beckett
There are only about three and a half miles between Central Montclair and Thomas Edison National Historic Park in West Orange, New Jersey. It is a place that has recently undergone extensive renovations, yet a visit will leave those touring the premises with the impression that curators turned the key after years of leaving the buildings just as they were when Edison passed, in 1931. The new-and-improved labs opened to the public in 2009 after a $13 million renovation, but the work reflected more behind the scenes improvements: structural repairs to the roof and foundation, windows, fire detection and suppression systems, an elevator, heating and cooling systems. Original furnishings were restored to their rightful places and the result is a very convincing impression: time travel is possible.