Premiere of A Short Film on Lewis Latimer – OHNY 2020

Join Lewis Latimer House Museum for the premiere of a short film, “Lewis H. Latimer, Electrical Pioneer and Inventor, a Seldom-Told History,” produced by IEEE REACH, for this year’s Open House New York Weekend!

Seldom told is the story of Lewis Latimer, yet his name should be synonymous with the history of electric light. The self-taught son of fugitive slaves, Latimer’s career spans from exemplary service for the Union in the Civil War to drafting a patent for Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone, to working for the famous inventor Hiram Maxim. In addition, he travels the world, installing some of the first electric light facilities. He works for Thomas Edison’s company, where he becomes the only African American “Edison Pioneer”. Learn Latimer’s story and take a look around the Queen Ann style wood frame residence that was his former home. This 6-minute video features interviews with museum staff and Edison experts, footage of the house, and archival photographs. 

About Open House New York Weekend 

Each October, Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors to New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. From colonial to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances, and other special events taking place over the course of the weekend. Through the unparalleled access that it enables, OHNY Weekend deepens our understanding of the importance of architecture and urban design to fostering a more vibrant civic life and helps catalyze a citywide conversation about how to build a better New York. This year’s festival will feature a hybrid of virtual experiences and outdoor self-guided explorations. Imagine: Digital sneak peeks, hyperlocal itineraries, and zero crowded elevator rides. For more info visit

The video will be launched on Friday, October 16, and stay on view on our About page.

12:00-5:00 PM