Summer camp at Southdale
This history, "Inventing The Works," honors the many talented and generous people who shared  heads, hands and hearts to make The Works work.   To all of you,  from me and from more than half a million kids who have benefited from your work,  thank you!

The Blog posts below highlight the big ideas and inspirations that animated The Works, and tell the inside stories of some of our exhibits and programs.

The History page will chronicle the creation of The Works from 1987 to 2011.  Right now, it's a table of contents with just a few live links; over time, I will add links to other narrative chapters.  The People page profiles many of the remarkable people -- staff, board, donors, exhibit makers and other volunteers -- who worked together to build The Works.

Build Room at the
Edina Community Center
Exhibits lists and dates all the exhibits that made it to the exhibit gallery and recognizes the creator(s).  There's also a discussion of the exhibit philosophy that guided our work. 

The Programs page gives the context of program development at The Works, and links to descriptions and stories of each of The Works' programs.    The Projects page lists the treasure trove of hands-on engineering projects our creative staff invented between 1995 and 2011.

Exhibit gallery at the Bell Museum
The site also includes links to some of the News coverage The Works received, and some of the wonderful letters from kids that we enjoyed.

I'd welcome YOUR memories and stories about The Works from the early beginnings to 2011.  Please comment below, or contact me at inventingtheworks@gmail.com

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