HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Today we’re Cruisin’ Connecticut, to Hamden to the Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop. Whitney revolutionized the manufacturing industry by inventing the cotton gin and interchangeable parts.
The museum is located where Whitney opened a factory to produce muskets, and at the workshop… the art of ingenuity is being passed down through the generations.
Museum Director, Bill Brown says Whitney was among the leading technological pioneers of his day:
The revolution that he was a part of in 1800, is identical to the modern revolution where you get the Steve Jobs and the Bill Gates. Whitney came here having made fame but not fortune with the cotton gin, and he comes here to make muskets. Whitney realized you have to make tool makers, and we have been continuing that legacy, still to this day. Mastery of tools is like any other kind of learning. It’s no less important to be able to use tools artfully, than it is to be able to write book reports
The museum is transitioning into its fall family workshops, including one teaching kids to make their very own pinball machine. We did just that. And as you’ll see in the video, Laura won quite the prize.
You can visit the Eli Whitney Museum workshops Saturdays and Sundays.