Today, Special Collections & Archives participated in the third annual Wright Brothers Day from 11-2 in the Student Union Atrium.
The event, organized by the Wright State Marketing Club, connects the Wright Brothers’ innovative spirit with the innovation happening on campus today. It is always held around the anniversary of Wilbur Wright’s 39-minute flight at Huffman Prairie in October 1905, which is considered the demonstration that the Wrights had built a practical airplane.
We brought several items, both original and reproduction, for our exhibit. Original items on display included medals, photographs, and postcards. We had lots of visitors at our table and answered many questions about the Wright Brothers, as well as the Archives.
There were two questions in particular that we received multiple times, in connection with a brief questionnaire scavenger hunt that students needed to complete in order to earn free pizza. Those questions were: “What was the name of the Wright Brothers’ sister?” (Katharine) and “What was the name of Orville Wright’s dog?” (Scipio, after a famous Roman general).
We had great fun sharing our Wright Brothers knowledge and archival materials at today’s event. We also had fun, as you will see, with the fake mustaches that were on hand for the event. I think Orville would have been amused.