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Picturing Women Inventors

Oct 1 – Oct 31, 2021
Where

Missouri University of Science and Technology
Curtis Laws Wilson Library, Second Floor
400 W 14th Street
Rolla, MO 65409

Where

Missouri University of Science and Technology
Curtis Laws Wilson Library, Second Floor
400 W 14th Street
Rolla, MO 65409

A traveling poster exhibition from the Smithsonian and USPTO, Picturing Women Inventors showcases the breakthroughs, motivations, and challenges women encountered while pursuing their goals as inventors. On display from October 1-31, 2021, on the second floor of the Missouri S&T Curtis Laws Wilson Library, this exhibition is sponsored by S&T Archives and SHSMO–Rolla.

Exploring the inventions of 19 highly accomplished American women, Picturing Women Inventors highlights stories like those of Marilyn Hamilton, who after a hang-gliding accident in 1978 left her paralyzed, invented a lightweight wheelchair that was easy to maneuver. Astronauts, computer pioneers, and businesswomen join athletes, engineers, and even teenagers in this remarkable group of inventors curated to educate and inspire young people to see themselves as future inventors. A companion display highlights women innovators from the university and local area, and S&T Archives has created a lib guide to aid in further research.

During October, a series of free talks accompany Picturing Women Inventors. Held in-person and virtually on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm CDT, hear from Rolla-area historians and archivists about local women inventors and their impact on history:


Picturing Women Inventors is distributed at no cost to schools, libraries, museums and community organizations by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It’s sponsored by Lyda Hill Philanthropies IF/THEN Initiative and Ericsson.

SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for more than 65 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. For exhibition descriptions and tour schedules, visit www.sites.si.edu.

The Lemelson Center has led the study of invention and innovation at the Smithsonian since 1995. The center’s activities advance scholarship on the history of invention, share stories about inventors and their work and nurture creativity in young people. The center is supported by The Lemelson Foundation and located in the National Museum of American History. For more information, visit www.invention.si.edu.