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Next month: The Hagley Museum is hosting a maker fest

Calling all tech enthusiasts, crafters, metalworkers, woodworkers, tinkerers, students and entrepreneurs.

The Hagley Museum is awesome. (Photo by Flickr user Scott Dexter, used under a Creative Commons license)

The Hagley Museum in Wilmington is trying something new. They’re hosting a maker fest on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. It’s open to a range of creatures from tech enthusiasts to entrepreneurs, brewers, engineers and more. One of the focuses at this fest are area guitar and violin makers.
Historically, the Hagley Museum makes perfect sense as a maker fest host. The facilities were the site of bleeding edge gunpowder manufacturing in the 19th century. In fact, the property was purchased by Eleuthère Irénée du Pont (yep, those du Ponts) in order to make gunpowder. The E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company’s gunpowder (or black powder) company went on to become the largest in the world.
Which does it for today’s history lesson. Check out the Hagley Museum, if you haven’t already, it’s a beautiful spot with a fascinating story.
Tanya Looney, science program manager at Hagley, offered this in the release announcing the maker fest.

“Celebrating past innovation and nurturing the innovative spirit are two of Hagley’s core values and the Maker Movement embodies these same principles. … We hope this annual event will inspire new Makers and invigorate the Maker in all of us.”

The maker fest will be free for kids five and under, $5 for kids 6-14 and $10 for ages 15 and up. Makers can apply for a table here.

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