Since Smithsonian Affiliations started collaborating withÂ the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History, we’ve learnedÂ a lot about Places of Invention.Â (See this blog to learn more about our collaboration.)Â
Affiliates have joined the action too.Â On June 15, Affiliate staff and theirÂ community partners joined a day-long workshop to kickoff their individual research projects around their own communities and what makes them so innovative.Â (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.Â Invention was readily on view during a recent trip to western Massachusetts, and we suspect, can be documented in many other communities as well.
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