Opening February 25th - April 22nd, 2016.
James D. Newton (1905-1999) was a prominent twentieth century entrepreneur and author of “Uncommon Friends: Life with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel, and Charles Lindbergh,” which recounts his friendship with these visionary figures. The Uncommon Friends exhibit follows Newton, a young real estate developer whose fated encounter with Mina Edison would alter the course of his life. His friendships with the likes of Edison and Ford would inspire him throughout his adventurous life, including his time enlisted in the United States Army and his subsequent involvement with the Moral Re-Armament movement. Much like their influence on the twentieth century, these men would have lasting impact on Newton’s life until his eventual death in 1999 at the age of 94.
The Uncommon Friends Foundation, established in 1993 and named after Newton's memoir, is dedicated to lifelong character building among today's youth and business leaders, and the historic preservation of James D. Newton's papers, photographs, and artifacts in the City of Fort Myers. In 2012, the Uncommon Friends Foundation and Florida Gulf Coast University Library partnered to digitally preserve and provide public access to this captivating collection of materials which can be viewed on DigitalFGCU.
The exhibit “Uncommon Friends: The James D. Newton Collection” is on display Feb. 25 through April 22 in FGCU Library Archives, third floor, room 322. Viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
For more information, contact Kaleena Rivera at (239) 590-7506.