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June 19th, 1996
Earthsea FTP site closes
Paul Gyugyi announces the closing of his FTP site, earthsea.stanford.edu, which had been the central repository for the community since as early as April 1993.
June 19th, 2000
BrickBay Officially Launches
After completing the beta test phase, Dan Jezek unveils BrickBay, an online marketplace dealing exclusively in LEGO. Eventually, it would become BrickLink, the best known hobbyist source for buying LEGO.
June 25th, 2002
BrickShelf Imposes Moderation
Thanks to some inappropriate content being posted, BrickShelf starts requiring content to be moderated before becoming public.
June 20th, 2003
LEGO Road Show
The 2003 LEGO Road Show kicked off with a practice run in Enfield, CT, before touring North America. AFOL representatives from NELUG were present (rather last minute) to help demonstrate to the company what might be expected from participating enthusiasts.
June 22nd, 2005
First issue of BrickJournal
Joe Meno releases the first ever BrickJournal issue in a free, downloadable format.
June 19th, 2007
JLUG goes down
JLUG.com, the adult oriented LEGO site, went down due to a database failure.
June 20th, 2007
Stajinaria.net goes online
Stajinaria, an adult-oriented LEGO forum, goes online. It was created as a response to JLUG.net going down.
June 21st, 2007
Brickworld 2007
The first Brickworld event took place at the Westin North Shore hotel in Wheeling, Illinois June 21-24, with 230 registered attendees. The head event coordinators were Bryan Bonahoom and Adam Tucker. Richard Stollery was the keynote speaker.
June 19th, 2008
Brickworld 2008
Brickworld 2008 kicks off in Wheeling, IL with 380 registered attendees.
June 19th, 2009
Brickworld 2009
Brickworld 2009 is held in Wheeling, IL, with 570 registered attendees. Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen and Jorgen Vig Knudstorp attended on behalf of LEGO.
June 24th, 2011
Kevin Hinkle appointed North American Community Coordinator
Kevin Hinkle, manager of the Austin LEGO Brand Retail store, is selected as the new Community Coordinator for North America.
About the Project
This project is intended to mark the major milestones in the history of the LEGO hobbyist community. Although it is in part a history of the LEGO company, it's moreover intended to focus more on the myriad of happenings that we in the community remember-- landmark MOCs, community firsts, momentous events, and so forth.

The project was originally developed by Jason Wittenburg in early 2008, but was abandoned some months afterward. Using saved data from the original version, this incarnation is an attempt to keep the project alive, and is currently maintained by David Eaton.

Make a Submission
Help us by adding an event that you don't already see listed. If you aren't sure which ones we have, check the complete timeline.

Events in the AFOL History Project should focus on something that affected the LEGO community. Try to avoid events such as release dates for LEGO sets or themes, unless they made a particularly outstanding effect on the community. It's good to provide community 'first' events, such as a club's first meeting, but try to avoid subsequent repetitive events such as regular LUG meetings or train shows.

Your event text may not be accepted if it doesn't seem to fit, if it looks inaccurate, or if not enough data is provided, but we hope to include most submissions. Also be aware that your exact text may be altered in some cases to match the style of the existing entries.

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Things we'd like to know
There are some things we've looked for but don't have yet. Please let us know if you have any of the following information:
  • Date FBTB forums started
  • Date Tim Saupe announced his leaving FBTB
  • Attendance details for LEGO World events
  • Attendance details for BrickFair events
  • Attendance details for Brickworld events
  • Attendance details for BrickCon events
  • Date of Fibblesnork Guide
  • Date of SimLego's first version
  • Start date for Earthsea FTP Site (pre-ATL?)
  • Start date of A.T.L. (early 1993)
  • First LEGO hobbyist train show (1st known in winter 1985)



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