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John Kurdyla returns for two phonograph demonstrations at the Edison Ford Shoppe

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Guest Curator John Kurdyla and Edison & Ford Winter Estates Site Historian Jim Niccum are teaming up to conduct special phonograph demonstrations at the Edison Ford Shoppe in the Bell Tower Shops on December 26 and January 2 at 2 p.m. An Edison expert and author of the book When Music Was Magic, Kurdyla will present hands-on demonstrations of the phonograph, which was Edison's favorite of the 1,093 inventions he patented during his prolific lifetime.

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Visiting from Vivona, Italy, Kurdyla has one of the largest private collections of Edison phonographs and is considered one of the top experts in the field of Edison recorded sound. He last visited the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in July, 2012, when he headed the popular 11 day "When Music Was Magic" program that first introduced Kurdyla to Edison Ford volunteers and guests.

The demonstrations on December 26 and January 2 are free to the public and Kurdyla’s book will be available for purchase and signing.

The Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The Edison Ford is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at


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