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About The Works

During the last 20 years, The Works has evolved into a destination of learning, creating and doing for thousands of visitors each year.

Howard LeFevre, Founder of The Works. His remarkable foresight is helping us preserve the past, celebrate the present, and look toward the future.

Our Path:

The vision for The Works began in the early 1990s when Howard LeFevre assembled a group of local citizens interested in preserving Licking County's industrial past. Local educators, artists, engineers and community leaders became partners in the creation of an instituion where history was the foundation for educational programs linking the past, present and future. The best and brightest professionals were engaged to shape programs that would refurbish and transform historic structures in order to provide interactive programming experience for all ages. After several additions and periods of growth, today The Works complex links together an entire city block with a pleasant park-like setting where people of all ages come to enjoy educational and artistic experiences and exciting community events.

The Works is an official Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC). Our Smithsonian Affiliation gives us access to special traveling exhibits and other resources from the prestigious Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. With an ASTC membership, members of The Works receive free and discounted general admission to more than 280 science and technology museums around the world. View/download a synopsis of The Works' history, our core programs, and the museum's supporters.


We invite you to get to know The Works Board of Trustees, Advisory Boards, and staff.


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