Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 6 – 8pm
On Wednesday, April 1, join the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation for the next program in its award-winning Innovative Lives program series at the National Museum of American History. Innovative Lives: The Quickie Wheelchair features the chair’s inventor, Marilyn Hamilton.
After a hang gliding accident left her paralyzed, Marilyn Hamilton was determined to continue her active, athletic lifestyle. Her heavy wheelchair hampered that ambition. Drawing inspiration from the materials used in hang gliders, she worked with two friends to create a lightweight and highly maneuverable wheelchair. She started the Quickie wheelchair company in 1979—and went on to become a two-time US Open women’s wheelchair tennis champion.
The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities. American Sign language interpretation will be provided. For all other accessibility services, including real-time captioning (CART), please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 202-633-3150. Two weeks’ notice is preferred.
Venue: American History Museum
Event Location: 1st Floor, West Wing
Get Tickets: 2020innovativelives.eventbrite.com
Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program