Event Announcement: "Lighting the Way", Saturday March 27th at 12pm

“Lighting the Way”: Packard Incandescent Lamp History

The National Packard Museum will resume in-person educational programming on Saturday, March 27, 2021. Charles Ohlin, the museums Director of Educational Services will present Lighting the Way: Packard Incandescent Lamp History. Pre-registration is requiredfor this lecture which is open to the public and free with paid admission to the museum. Due to COVID-19 health restrictions, space is limited, and attendees are required to wear face masks and maintain social distancing. The seminar begins promptly at 12:00 PM.


While the history of the Packard Electricand Packard Motor Car Companies hasbeenwell documented, very little has been writtenabout the Packard brothers first business venture inthe incandescent electric light industry. The youthful Packard brotherswere a dynamic duoin 1890. J.W. Packard was a prolific inventor who developed technology that improved upon Thomas Edisons light bulb patent. W.D. Packard was the promoter, selling Packard lamps all over North America. Liketheir automobiles, Packard lamps were prizedfor their high quality, winning the prestigious top prize at the Chicagos Worlds Fair in 1893. The story of Packardlampsis surprisingly dramatic. Learn about the men and women who made and sold Packard lamps. Hearhow the Packardbrothers navigatedthe cut-throat industrial worldof the late 19th and early 20thCentury beforetheir lamp business was swallowed up by a secret monopoly. There is so much to learn, so much to discover, so much history to explore, and it is all waiting for you at the National Packard Museum!

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