Craft & Hobby Association Partners with Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

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“Places of Invention” Highlights Innovation and Creativity

The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is proud to announce that it has partnered with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History on an interactive global project, Places of Invention, that explores the relationship between place, time and innovation. Through the National Museum of American History’s Raise it Up! America Innovates program, CHA members are invited to submit their story on how their company and innovations have made its mark in the history of creative arts.

CHA members can add their story to an interactive map through an online portal, and share where their invention was started, why it was started, and the people who helped make it happen.

“CHA members are some of the most imaginative minds in the industry and we are excited to offer them an opportunity to share the origins of their ideas and inspire others to celebrate their creativity,” said Andrej Suskavcevic, President & CEO of Craft & Hobby Association.

Raise It Up! America Innovates is a nationwide celebration of America’s innovative spirit. In addition to Places of Invention, the National Museum of American History is hosting a Summer of Innovation. Visitors can view the new Innovation wing that features new exhibitions and learning spaces that explore America’s insatiable desire for game-changing ideas. The Places of Invention exhibition gallery is in the new Lemelson Hall of Invention and Innovation at the Museum and can be viewed online at:

The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is an international nonprofit trade association consisting of thousands of member companies engaged in the design, manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products worldwide in the craft and hobby industry. For more information about CHA, membership or its award-winning CHA Conference and Trade Show, visit or

The Lemelson Center has led the study of invention and innovation at the Smithsonian since 1995. The center’s activities advance scholarship on the history of invention, share stories about inventors and their work and nurture creativity in young people. The Lemelson Hall of Invention and Innovation opens July 1 and will feature “Places of Invention,” Draper Spark!Lab and “Inventive Minds.” The center is supported by The Lemelson Foundation and located in the National Museum of American History. For more information, visit

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