Art & Innovation Makerspace

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - Thursday, March 28, 2019

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Barbed wire was invented to solve a real-world problem: farmers needed an inexpensive way to fence in their land! By coming up with creative solutions, DeKalb’s famous innovators— Jacob Haish, Joseph Glidden, and Isaac Ellwood— changed history and shaped the future of our community.
Even though they lived over 150 years ago, innovation (finding ways to improve on old ideas) isn’t just a thing of the past. People are always thinking, day-dreaming, and tinkering.
Do you have ideas that could shape the community of tomorrow?

Art and Innovation Makerspace
Spring Break program for elementary-aged students and families

Date/Time: March 27-28, 9am-11am
Cost: $5 per child per day
Cost is waived for children 5 and under

Using provided supplies, create a model for a device that solves a modern problem. Whether a creative way to recycle old materials, an instrument or game that keeps boredom at bay, or a contraption to help with chores around the house, use your imagination to come up with an invention of your own!

Coloring pages and sensory activities will be available for children 5 and under.

Parents/guardians are welcome to drop off children 6 and older at the museum for the duration of the program, but children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Space is limited, registration required. Please visit to register, or call (815) 756-4609.

Ellwood House Museum
509 N. First Street
DeKalb, IL  60115