Public Archaeology

Thomas Edison Home Site, Archaeological Dig and Public Tours

Join us (ASNJ, Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage, and the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park) as we search for Edison's home near the corner of Christie Street and Monmouth Avenue in Menlo Park, Edison Township on September 23 and 24 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Archaeologists will be searching for the house foundation and artifacts associated with Thomas Edison and his family. This is a public archaeology open house event. The public is welcome to join us on guided tours of the archaeological site, look at artifacts while they are being uncovered, learn the history of Thomas Edison's Menlo Park lab, and visit the Thomas Edison Memorial Tower and the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park. Society member volunteers will be needed for this event. Room permitting, members of the public may have the chance to help archaeologists look through sifting screenings for artifacts. For more information visit our sign up sheet and Society Member Volunteer's Needed page. For additional information on this event, please visit the Menlo Park Museum events page. In addition to working on the excavation, ASNJ will also be selling t-shirts (as supplies last) and society memberships.  

Read the press release about this event here.

Note: All ASNJ member volunteers must contact Michael Gall via email at mjgall79@yahoo.com to express interest in volunteering for this event and to confirm shift availability. Volunteers associated with ASNJ must be current ASNJ members.

Current ASNJ members can sign up for a shift here: Sign up Genius


Follow Up - October 9, 2017

The ASNJ visited Menlo Park on September 23 and 24 in the hopes of finding the remains of Thomas Edison's home. This event attracted a high number of attendees from the community. Visitors were able to take a tour of the park and visit a mix-bag of professional and avocational archaeologists as they excavated the site. For more information about this project and what was found, check out the media coverage on this story by New Jersey News 12. The ASNJ would like to thank all of their participants in this program and especially thank the Middlesex County Office of Cultural Heritage and the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park for inviting us to assist with this public outreach event!

If you would like to volunteer with the ASNJ or if you want to learn more about New Jersey archaeology, you should consider joining the ASNJ. Check out all member benefits here.

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