Upcoming Event: Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society Meeting on Oct. 6, 2014

The next meeting of the Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society will take place this coming Monday, October 6, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.

This month's HPAHS presenter, Tim Gaffney

This month’s HPAHS presenter, Tim Gaffney

At this month’s meeting, Tim Gaffney will present “Seldom-Heard Stories About the Wright Brothers” (view PDF flyer). 

A book-signing for Gaffney’s new book The Dayton Flight Factory: The Wright Brothers & the Birth of Aviation will follow the presentation.

Gaffney's new book, The Dayton Flight Factory (2014)

Gaffney’s new book, The Dayton Flight Factory (2014)

The meeting and presentation will take place at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center at 2380 Memorial Road (intersection of State Route 444 and Kauffman Road), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. There is ample free parking, and light refreshments will be provided.

You can view the upcoming schedule of meetings and speakers anytime at :  http://www.libraries.wright.edu/community/outofthebox/events/huffman-prairie-aviation-history-society/. However, the October 6 meeting will be the last HPAHS meeting until spring, due to the closing of the National Park Service site for winter.

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Historian David McCullough visits the Archives

Yesterday was an exciting day in Special Collections & Archives. We had the privilege of assisting historian, author, and lecturer David McCullough and his assistant Mike Hill with research for McCullough’s upcoming book about the Wright Brothers, Sky High, which will be released in May.

David McCullough and Dawne Dewey, 25 Sept. 2014

David McCullough and Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives, 25 Sept. 2014

We’re happy to help any and all researchers, of course, but it is always an honor to assist such a well-known and well-respected one as David McCullough!

After a long day of research, Mr. McCullough graciously took time out of his busy schedule to chat with a group of our Public History graduate students in the afternoon. He shared a bit about his career path, praising archives and libraries for their help to him over the years, and answered questions from the students.

Mr. McCullough was also kind enough to pose for photos with SC&A staff members (and Orville and Wilbur) and the students.

SCA staff members with David McCullough, 25 Sept. 2014

SCA staff members with David McCullough, L-R: Toni Vanden Bos, John Armstrong, David McCullough, Dawne Dewey, Lisa Rickey, Gino Pasi, 25 Sept. 2014.

Wright State University Public History graduate students with David McCullough, 25 Sept. 2014

Wright State University Public History graduate students with David McCullough, 25 Sept. 2014

We are looking forward to checking out Sky High when it is released on May 5!

 

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Mustered Out

On September 24, 1864, Captain William Patterson was mustered out of the 1st Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment.  This was almost two weeks earlier than the October 7, 1864, date he originally projected.  He served with 1st OVI from April 16, 1861, beginning with a three-month enlistment, until September 24, 1864 — a total of three-years and five-months of service.

William returned to the family homestead in Dayton, Ohio.  He died on December 4, 1865, of a recurrence of the diseases he contracted during the war.

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