Since Smithsonian Affiliations started collaborating with the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History, we’ve learned a lot about Places of Invention. (See this blog to learn more about our collaboration.)
Affiliate staff and their community partners, on the roof of the National Museum of American History during the kickoff workshop for Places of Invention
Affiliates have joined the action too. On June 15, Affiliate staff and their community partners joined a day-long workshop to kickoff their individual research projects around their own communities and what makes them so innovative. (Read more about the kickoff workshop on the Lemelson Center’s blog, Bright Ideas.)
Now, we are all much more attuned to what makes a place of invention – be it exceptional natural resources, the right mixture of people and skills, or an inspiring location… or something else. Invention was readily on view during a recent trip to western Massachusetts, and we suspect, can be documented in many other communities as well.
Join the quest for invention and share your stories with us!
Congratulations to all the Affiliates making headlines last week!
New York State Museum (Albany, New York)
‘Coywolves’ a product of evolution
Fishers, the newest predator in the CNY wildlife scene
Museum of the Rockies (Bozeman, Montana)
MSU study explores violent world of raptors
How Raptors Use Their Deadly Talons
Videos, claws reveal how raptors use talons. Study: Killing methods include dismemberment, squeezing prey to death
Union Station Kansas City (Kansas City, Missouri)
How 2 cities revived old train stations: Kansas City and Nashville could be models for Detroit
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh, North Carolina)
SECU Supports Museum of Natural Sciences
State Employees’ Credit Union Members Promote Statewide Education Effort with Support of SECU Daily Planet
Greensboro Historical Museum (Greensboro, North Carolina)
NC Finally Recognizes Pre-Woolworth Sit-Ins In 1957
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture (Baltimore, Maryland)
Lewis Museum to honor ‘rebel music.’ Event Friday linked to Montgomery bus boycott exhibit.
American Textile History Museum (Lowell, Massachusetts)
ATHM becomes Smithsonian Affiliate
Buffalo Bill Historical Center (Cody, Wyoming)
BBHC Receives Second Grant to See and Hear Yellowstone
What do sheep and baseballs have in common?
Textile Revolution: An Exploration through Space and Time exhibition entrance
This is one of the many intriguing questions answered in the new permanent exhibition, Textile Revolution: An Exploration through Space and Time at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts.
On June 19, the Museum cut the ribbon on their own revolution. Having been closed for two years, the Museum reopened with updated, interactive displays that tell the history of American textiles, up to the present. “Most people have no idea how their lives are shaped by textiles – far beyond the clothing they wear,” said Jim Coleman, the Museum’s President and CEO. Indeed, the exhibition moves the visitor though spinning yarn in the home in pre-industrial times (hence, where we get the term “spinster“) to contemporary textiles that encompass cars, high-performance bicycles, and “sharkskin” suits worn by Olympic swimmers.
Carbon fibers woven into high-performance bicycle frames.
Lowell Mayor “Bud” Caulfield called the renovated Museum “a jewel in Lowell’s cultural landscape.” Through its innovative approach to illuminating the history of textiles and the importance of textiles to the scientific, medical, aeronautic fields and beyond, the Museum is truly a jewel in America’s cultural landscape. With tens of thousands of textiles spread across at least 6 Smithsonian museums, we can’t wait to get started collaborating with the Museum to enhance the story through our Affiliate partnership.
Kudos to the Museum – its staff, board, donors and supporters - on a job well done!
Museum stakeholders cut the ribbon to the new Museum and permanent exhibition.
The Museum really knows how to celebrate!