Save the Date: Great Wright Brothers Aero Carnival on Sept. 6

Please save the date for the Great Wright Brothers Aero Carnival on Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field. Everyone is invited to this free event hosted by the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, National Park Service.

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Graphic courtesy of Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park , National Park Service

Activities throughout the day will include:

  • Aircraft Displays
  • Piper J 3 Cub
  • Curtis-Wright Travel Air 4000
  • Zenith 701SP
  • Eroupe 415C
  • Aeronca 7AC Champ
  • Am. Inst. Of Aeronautics & Astronautics
  • Balloon Animals noon – 4:00pm
  • Bicycle Museum of America
  • Bouncy Houses and Games from Outdoor Recreation
  • Carillon Historical Park
  • Caesar Creek Soaring Club
  • Citizens Motor Car Museum
  • Dayton Cycling Club
  • Environmental Management
  • Five Rivers Metro Parks
  • Flyover by the Wright B
  • Food Vendor from Greene Co. Cattleman’s Association
  • Hay Rides
  • Nature Conservancy
  • Paul Glenshaw – presentations at the replica hangar at 11:40am and 2:00pm
  • Photo Contest – winners announced at 1:30pm
  • Puppet Shows
  • Radio Controlled Flying
  • Riverside Historical Society
  • Sheep Herding from the Learning Tree Farm
  • Silent Movies
  • Simulator
  • S.P.A.R. K. Radio Club Team
  • Ohio Rocketry
  • Wright B Flyer Inc.
  • Wright Sea Plane Base
  • Wright State University Special Collections & Archives

We hope to see you there!

View the original announcement from Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, National Park Service.

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“Bad News” from William

In this August 26, 1864, William Patterson writes his mother that he has “a little rather bad news.”  His unit has just received orders from Washington, D.C. that no more officers will be mustered out of service. He notes that half of the officers are already gone and the rest will have to stay in place until “the powers that be see fit to discharge us all.”  If he is required to stay on active duty, he speculates that he may be sent to Ohio and assigned to a new regiment that is now forming.

William notes that the decision to stop the mustering out of officers is pretty hard, particularly on those officers who had gone home last winter and got married.  In his case, he takes a philosophical view.  If he is killed or maimed, he “won’t begrudge the Country the services I have rendered it.  I have got all my papers pertaining to the Government all square up to this month and could go home in October with colors flying and also say that I have done my duty to the best of my ability.”

Finally, William reports he heard from Robert and he was  well  He also notes that his younger brother, John Patterson, is probably home now from his tour of duty in Washington, D.C. and that he hopes he will not be drafted to serve again.

Transcript of William Patterson letter, August 26, 1864.

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Extended Archives Hours Starting This Week

Welcome back to the first day of Fall semester, everyone!

With the start of a new academic year comes the start of extended hours in the Archives.

Beginning this week, we are now open on Wednesday nights until 9:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 1:00-5:00 p.m., in addition to our usual hours of Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00.

The extended hours on Wednesday nights and Sundays will continue throughout the semester, with our last Sunday of the year being December 7th and the last Wednesday night being December 10th.  Extended hours resume again in January when spring semester begins.

Please note that we will be closed on the following days:

  • Monday, September 1 (Labor Day)
  • Tuesday, November 11 (Veterans’ Day)
  • Thursday, November 27, through Sunday, November 30 (Thanksgiving holiday)

You can check our hours for a specific date anytime by visiting the University Libraries’ online calendar.

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