Come explore a Smithsonian exhibition!
Travel to innovative rural communities across the nation. Spark! Places of Innovation explores stories of towns that tapped into existing strengths to confront challenges and create opportunities. See how their unique combination of place, people, and creativity ignited change — socially, artistically, technologically, or culturally. Be inspired to spark innovation in your own town today!
The story of human history is written in inventions and innovations. People are problem-solvers. Sometimes, we invent. More often, we innovate—we introduce a fresh idea or an invention into use in some way that creates a new way of doing or thinking.
Invention can happen anywhere, and it’s happening right now in small towns across America. Rural Americans are creating new products, taking risks, meeting challenges together, and seizing upon exciting opportunities that change local life and sometimes reach far beyond.
Spark! Places of Innovation is a Museum on Main Street exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institution. Inspired by Places of Invention, an exhibition developed by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.
Want a little sneak peek of the exhibit? Click here to view a virtual, interactive version of our ABC’s of Library Innovation display!
We’re bringing a local perspective!
Here at Loutit, we’ve been hard at work researching and gathering local innovations. Visit the library exhibit to learn more about the innovative history of Grand Haven’s waterfront, Coast Guard Festival, library, industry, agriculture, and so much more!
Learn answers to questions like “How did the Coast Guard Festival get its start?” and “How did the Grand Haven’s industrial docks turn into the beautiful waterfront it is today?” Plus, we have many features of different community partners who innovate every day! All this and so much more in:
Spark! Places of Innovation
We have some amazing programs throughout January and February, while the exhibit is available! Learn about historical innovations made in the Tri-Cities, participate in innovative challenges that’ll make you think outside of the box, explore new innovations from out community, and more! Click any of the images below to learn more, or click here to view our entire Spark! program calendar.
Click here to view exhibit guided tour dates on our calendar. If you’d like to schedule tours for a group, please call (616)850-6917.
Thank you to all of our Community Partners and Sponsors!
This exhibit would not have been possible without your help and support.
|LDL Board of Trustees