Upcoming Talk on Aeronautics in the Civil War

Allan W. Howey

Allan W. Howey

The next meeting of the Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society will take place on Monday, July 11, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome!

At this month’s meeting, Col. Allan W. Howey, USAF Retired, will present “Aerononautics in the Civil War” (view PDF flyer).

Colonel Howey alternated between cockpits, classrooms, and staff/directorship assignments. He flew the C-141 jet transport, served in the Pentagon, and finished his 34-year military career in 2003 as Director of the Airpower Research Institute. He also taught undergraduate history courses at the Air Force Academy and graduate-level courses at the Air Command & Staff College, including award-winning classes on the Civil War. After retiring, he returned to college and earned two degrees in music education. He now teaches trumpet/jazz lessons and performs in the Dayton area. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Miami Township.

Allan W. Howey

Allan W. Howey

The meeting and presentation will take place at the East Interpretive Center, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park at 2380 Memorial Road (intersection of State Route 444 and Kauffman Road), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

All are welcome!  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/.

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Archives hosts WSU Discovery Camp Visitors

On June 14, we hosted some special “little” visitors from one of Wright State’s Discovery Camps. The students, ranging in age from approximately 8 to 10, are participating in the “Night at the Museum Camp,” wherein they will create their own museum at the end of the week. They visited Special Collections and Archives in order to learn more about how archival materials can be used to help tell the stories that bring a museum to life.

The next day, we received thank-you notes from the students. Judging from the contents of these notes, some of their favorite items during the tour were “the old trophy with the giant bat” (the Michelin Trophy, shown below) and the Wright Brothers’ report cards, both of which were mentioned by multiple students.

Here are some photographs of our WSU Discovery Camp visitors:

Learning about the Michelin trophy (photo courtesy of the camp teacher)

Learning about the Michelin trophy (photo courtesy of the camp teacher)

Checking out our small exhibit of Jewish artifacts (photo courtesy of the camp teacher)

Checking out our small exhibit of Jewish artifacts (photo courtesy of the camp teacher)

Piece of Dayton-Wright Airplane fabric alongside photographs of women sewing the same at the factory in 1910 (photo courtesy of the camp teacher)

Piece of Dayton-Wright Airplane fabric alongside photographs of women sewing the same at the factory in 1910 (photo courtesy of the camp teacher)

Hearing the story behind Katharine Wright's pressed flowers collection

Hearing the story behind Katharine Wright’s pressed flowers collection

Checking out some of the Wright Brothers' many medals and awards

Checking out some of the Wright Brothers’ many medals and awards

Inspecting the report cards of the young Wrights

Inspecting the report cards of the young Wrights

Testing out the stereopticon viewer (always a crowd pleaser!)

Testing out the stereopticon viewer (always a crowd pleaser!)

Photographs were taken by SCA staff unless otherwise noted. Photographs taken by the camp’s teacher were used with permission. All students signed waivers allowing their photos to be used in university publicity materials.

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SCA closed July 11-15

Planning a research visit? We’d love to see you! But please note:

Special Collections & Archives will be closed to the public from Monday, July 11, through Friday, July 15, 2016.

During this time, we will be performing some large-scale collection management activities.

We will re-open Monday, July 18th, and resume our normal summer break hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m) at that time.

We apologize for any inconvenience!

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