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Dare County Library to Highlight History and Achievements of Women Inventors with Smithsonian Institution Poster Exhibit

The Dare County Library has announced that a Smithsonian Institution poster exhibit highlighting the unique history of female inventors will be held at its Manteo and Kill Devil Hills locations throughout January and February. 2022.

The exhibit, titled “Picturing Women Inventors,” showcases the many breakthroughs, motivations and challenges that American women have encountered while pursuing their goals and ambitions as inventors during the 20th and 21st centuries.

The exhibit will be on display at the Kill Devil Hills Library from January 3, 2022 to January 31, 2022, before moving to the Manteo Library, where it will be on display from February 2, 2022 to February 28, 2022..

Presented by the Smithsonian Institution and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the poster exhibit explores the inventions of 19 highly accomplished American women, ranging from astronauts and athletes to engineers and computer pioneers.

Throughout American history, women of all ages, backgrounds and interests have created inventions that change countless lives every day; however, women have not always had the same chances of being inventors or received as much recognition as their male counterparts.

Among the 19 women inventors presented in the exhibition are Marilyn Hamilton, who after a hang-gliding accident in 1978 left her paralyzed, invented a light and easy to maneuver wheelchair, as well as Alexis Lewis, who at only 12 years old. in 2011 was inspired to adapt a traditional Native American sled known as a ‘travois’ by adding wheels to create an easier way for people to transport their children and their belongings to camps and hospitals in Somalia.

The “Picturing Women Inventors” exhibit is presented free of charge to libraries, schools, 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. The exhibition is sponsored by the IF / THEN initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, as well as by Ericsson, a leading provider of information and communication technologies.

For more information on the next exhibit visit to County Dare, visit www.DareNC.com/Library or contact the Kill Devil Hills Library at 252-441-4331 and the Manteo Library at 252-473-2372 .

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