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Buckminster Fuller: Inventor of the Future

September 21, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dymaxion Car

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum celebrates the unbridled imagination of R. Buckminster Fuller this month with a display of his Dymaxion concept car, a chance for children to be inventors and a biographer’s take on Fuller’s career.

Fuller, who spent part of his career at Southern Illinois University and designed a house there, is included in the ALPLM’s special exhibit “Here I Have Lived: Home in Illinois.” He is best known for popularizing the geodesic dome design and coining the term “spaceship earth.”

Part designer and part philosopher, Fuller sought inexpensive technological solutions to problems of housing, transportation and resources. He promoted his ideas with catchy labels for everything. His daily journal, for instance, became the “Dymaxion Chronofile.”

Kids will get a chance to follow in his inventive footsteps Saturday at a Fuller-inspired “inventorspace.” Our education team will help children think outside the box about inventing something to solve a problem. It will be an informal, open space for inventive thinking, and participants may stay for as long as they like during the program times.

Inventorspace runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is included with admission to the museum. Registration is not required; however, the program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

On Sept. 21, the ALPLM will welcome Alec Nevala-Lee, author of “Inventor of the Future: The Visionary Life of Buckminster Fuller.”

Nevala-Lee is a novelist and biographer. He was a Hugo Award finalist for “Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction.” His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Salon and the Daily Beast.

Drawing on meticulous research and extensive interviews, Nevala-Lee will examine Fuller’s body of work as a designer and futurist who captured the attention of both mainstream and counterculture audiences in the 1960s. His revolutionary ideas, which were based on a mystical conception of the universe’s geometry, influenced the founders of Silicon Valley and continue to flourish far and wide, from Epcot Center to a molecule named in his honor.

The presentation is free and will take place Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. To reserve space, visit www.PresidentLincoln.Illinois.gov/Events.

Museum doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to view the “Here I Have Lived: Home in Illinois” until the program begins.


September 21, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
212 N 6th St
Springfield, IL 62701 United States
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