Northwestern Oklahoma State University
2929 E. Randolph
Enid, OK 73701
The Winter Chautauqua features two daytime workshops and an evening presentation highlighting the life and work of legendary American inventor Thomas Edison. Renowned Edison scholar Peter Small will lead the workshops and present a first person historical portrayal in these interactive programs.
10:30 am Workshop: NWOSU Enid Boardroom
Mr. Small's presentation will focus on 19th and 20th century inventions and inventors who preceded Thomas Edison, many of whom worked on similar projects and competed with each other to perfect items such as the telephone and phonograph.
12:00 pm Workshop: NWOSU Enid Boardroom
A brown bag lunch presentation will feature a detailed look at Edison and his key inventions, including a focus on his skills as a businessman; the development of his research laboratory; and the evolution of the phonograph, incandescent lamp, and motion picture technology he pioneered.
7:00 pm Performance: NWOSU Campus Commons
Mr. Small will perform in a first-person portrayal of Thomas Edison, discussing his life and work, followed by an audience Q&A. Mr. Small has researched the inventor for over 25 years and has performed as Edison at the Thomas Edison Workshop in Buena Park, CA; the Thomas Edison Festival in Port Huron, MI; and the Edison Symposium at the Edison National Historic Site in West Orange, NJ.
Inventor Thomas A. Edison, 1922