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Smithsonian: Picturing Women Inventors

Throughout American history, women with diverse backgrounds and interests created inventions that changed lives every day. But women haven’t always had equal opportunities to be inventors or received as much recognition. The Smithsonian and the United States Patent and Trademark Office present "Picturing Women Inventors," a poster exhibition that explores the inventions of 19 highly accomplished American women. Astronauts, computer pioneers, and businesswomen join athletes, engineers, and even teenagers in this remarkable group of inventors. BCHS added another 21 American women inventors plus artifacts from the BCHS collection to represent their stories. The exhibition will be on view at the Philomath Museum through May 7, 2022.

“Picturing Women Inventors” showcases the breakthroughs, motivations, and challenges women encountered while pursuing their goals as inventors. The poster exhibition highlights stories of inventors like Marilyn Hamilton, who after a hang-gliding accident in 1978 left her paralyzed, invented a lightweight wheelchair that was easy to maneuver. Diversity of background and age are showcased including inventor Alexis Lewis, who in 2011, at 12 years old, was inspired to adapt a traditional Native American sled, called a travois, by adding wheels to create a simpler way to transport families and their belongings in Somalia.

This exhibition was designed to educate and inspire young people to see themselves as future inventors.

The Philomath Museum is located at 1101 Main Street in Philomath and is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free.

Philomath Museum, Philomath, Oregon, operated by the Benton County Historical Society. Formerly the Philomath College, this historic building is now home to a museum.
Starts: November 19, 2021

Ends: May 07, 2022

Occurs: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Time: 10am-4:30pm

Admission: Free

Location: Philomath Museum
1101 Main Street, Philomath, OR 97370

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