On Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7 p.m., the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC) will present “Edison and the Origins of Electric Lighting,” a lecture by Dr. Paul Israel, Director and General Editor of the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers University. In his talk, Dr. Israel will explore Thomas Alva Edison’s inventions and how electric lighting became a part of everyday life. With access to 5 million pages of documents that chronicle the extraordinary life and achievements of the New Jersey inventor, Israel brings fresh insight into Edison’s career, the “War of the Currents,” and the impact he made on science and our country. This program is part of the SPARK! Lecture Series sponsored by Investors Bank and in conjunction with METC’s current exhibit Spark! The Explosive and Dirty History of Light. Admission is $8, $5 for Members and Seniors. Registration is required and guests can register for this and other events at www.metc.org.