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Heritage Farm to represent West Virginia at White House Event

Heritage Farm Museum and Village’s efforts to support the national maker movement has garnered an invitation to the White House for the National Week of Making kickoff event on Friday, June 17th at 9 am. Partnering with the WV Education Alliance and Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, Heritage Farm has engaged thousands of visitors in the state’s largest MakerSpace. Heritage Farm staff have been trained at a Maker “Boot Camp”, and have also hosted the “2015 WV Makes Festival” presented by Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing.  

The White House will be celebrating the National Week of Making from June 17 -23 by inviting champions of making from around the country that have demonstrated support and growth of citizen-makers by hosting events, making commitments, and highlighting new innovations.

Heritage Farm will also be included in the 2016 National Week of Making Fact Sheet release, published by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, for its commitment to lead an “Appalachia Makes” campaign, connecting early settlers’ survival ingenuity and unique Appalachian problem solving skills with today’s technology.  This will include the creation of educational curricula and more than 5,000 original works of art and technology by the end of 2017. 

"We are proud to have the opportunity to share the amazing heritage of Appalachia’s ingenious problem solvers, while showcasing the national maker movement right here in West Virginia. " says Heritage Farm Foundation Trustee, Audy Perry.