Letter Accepting Honorary Chairmanship of the Sponsorship Committee of the Edison Pioneers.
[Released April 30, 1929. Dated April 12, 1929]
My dear Mr. Barstow:
I have your kind letter of March 30th, requesting that I accept the Honorary Chairmanship of the Sponsorship Committee of the Edison Pioneers.
I shall be delighted to act in any capacity that will be a genuine tribute to Mr. Edison's services.
[Mr. W. S. Barstow, The Edison Pioneers, Dearborn, Michigan]
Note: The Edison Pioneers were a group of individuals who had been associated with Thomas A. Edison during his early career. In 1929, they played the leading role in organizing "Light's Golden Jubilee," a celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of Edison's invention of the incandescent lamp. Following a series of "light festivals" in various cities, the celebration came to a climax on October 21 with a ceremony in Dearborn, Mich., sponsored by Henry Ford and featuring the dedication of a restored Menlo Park Laboratory and a new Edison Institute of Technology. President Hoover was honorary chairman of the committee organizing the celebration and also a featured speaker at the Dearborn ceremony. For his address there and other related documents, see Items 157, 245, and 246.
Herbert Hoover, Letter Accepting Honorary Chairmanship of the Sponsorship Committee of the Edison Pioneers. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/209575