200 Plus Years of American Innovators (1742-1965)

They each started with an idea, but these innovators didn’t stop there, even in the face of prejudice, lack or formal education, or class constraints. They persevered. They refused to be limited by conventional thinking. They ignored the criticism. They changed the world.

American Innovators

Innovation provides a cornerstone of the American identity. In a nation of immigrants, the genius of innovation has emerged from every ethnic group, gender, economic condition, educational background and race.

This exhibit illustrates the diversity of American innovation by sharing the stories of 17 very unique individuals; people who represent a small slice of the vast amount of innovation that has occurred in America since its colonial beginnings.

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200 Years of American Innovators