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LEWISTON - Museum L-A received the national license to hold the first Maker Faire in Maine. The Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 for a family-friendly showcase of invention, innovation, creativity and resourcefulness. The event allows people to show what they are making, and share what they are learning and it’s coming to Museum L-A in the Bates Mill – the historic hub of technology and innovation in L-A.

“We are so excited and honored to have been granted the national license for this great event,” said Rachel Desgrosseilliers, Museum L-A’s executive director. “At the Museum, through our oral histories, we are inspired by the creative, innovative minds of our ancestors such as our local Adrien Jalbert, who with only a sixth grade education went on to obtain several innovative patents during the 1940s to 1960s for shoe industry machines that are still in use today. Museum L-A plans to be part of creating a “maker” culture that will open doors to allow people of all ages to believe in their creativity and imagination that will bring out the ‘maker kid’ in all of us.”

Maker Faire is a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become a Maker. It’s the World’s Largest DIY (Do-It-Yourself) festival and celebration of the Maker movement – showcasing all kinds of incredible projects and inventions. “Whether they are a highly-educated scientist or a tinkerer in their garage, this is a place for creative people to share what they’ve been inspired to do and inspire others as well,” says Kate Griffith, Special Events Coordinator for Museum L-A. There are plans to involve students and children in related programming to encourage them to explore creative outlets and their imagination.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial/business exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers. “The word is already spreading among our inventors and innovators and several have already asked if they could be a participant, “says Desgrosseilliers.

A core group of creative minds with the vision and passion to make this event happen, now popular world-wide but fairly new to the New England states, has been meeting regularly. Along with Desgrosseilliers and Griffith, committee members include Museum L-A Board members Christine Bosse, Bangor Savings Bank; Kevin Callahan, Kimball Street Studios; and Gene Clough, Bates College. Also on the committee are: Stephen Voltz , EepyBird; Jean Maginnis, Maine Center for Creativity; Sharon Timberlake, USM/LAC-Innovation Program; John Voltz, Blackstone Accelerates Growth; and Lee Upton, Lincoln Lab/MIT (retired).

The inaugural Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2011 celebrated its sixth annual Bay Area event with some 100,000 people in attendance. As Maker Faire has grown in popularity and relevance, additional flagship faires were launched in 2010 in Detroit and New York City. Community-driven, independently produced Mini Maker Faire events inspired by Maker Faire are now being produced around the United States and the world, now including the Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire.

Maker Faire is supported by MAKE Magazine and O’Reilly Media. Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from O’Reilly Media, Inc.

A call for applications to exhibit will be announced soon. In the meantime, visit the event’s website at or email if you are interested.

MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology at your will.

O’Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines and conferences. Since 1978, O’Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying “faint signals” from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making and evangelism