Harry Haskell delights crowd with Maiden Flight lecture

We were so pleased to have Harry Haskell present a lecture last Tuesday about his new book, Maiden Flight, a fictionalized narrative of the love story between the Wright Brothers’ sister, Katharine Wright, and Harry’s grandfather Henry J. Haskell.

Maiden Flight (Academy Chicago, an imprint of Chicago Review Press; October 1, 2016) is based on personal letters, newspaper reports, and other documents of the period—in particular, Katharine’s lively and extraordinarily revealing love letters to Harry. Cast in the form of three interwoven first-person “memoirs,” imaginatively reconstructed by the author, Maiden Flight allows Katharine to step outside of Wilbur and Orville’s shadow. Haskell sheds new light on the central role she played in their private lives, as well as on her often misunderstood contribution to her brothers’ scientific work.

In his lecture, Haskell provided a lively sneak peek into what the novel promises. We laughed, we cried, and we blushed! Haskell shares a fascinating story about a strong, passionate, captivating woman, Katharine Wright.

In addition to the lecture, we enjoyed several special exhibits about Katharine Wright and Harry Haskell, from both Special Collections & Archives, as well as Harry Haskell’s personal collection. Furthermore, we are pleased to say that Haskell has graciously allowed us the temporary loan of the items he brought, and these can are presently on exhibit in our reading room.

Harry Haskell discussing Katharine's first flight (in France with Wilbur, 1909).

Harry Haskell discussing Katharine’s first flight (in France with Wilbur, 1909).

Harry Haskell

Harry Haskell

Original materials from the private collection of Harry Haskell

Original materials from the private collection of Harry Haskell

Katharine Wright exhibit

Katharine Wright exhibit

Katharine Wright's pressed flowers and report cards, WSU Special Collections & Archives

Katharine Wright’s pressed flowers and report cards, WSU Special Collections & Archives

Katharine Wright school books and photographs, WSU Special Collections & Archives

Katharine Wright school books and photographs, WSU Special Collections & Archives

Katharine Wright correspondence, WSU Special Collections & Archives

Katharine Wright correspondence, WSU Special Collections & Archives

Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives, with Harry Haskell, grandson of Katharine Wright's husband Harry Haskell

Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives, with Harry Haskell, grandson of Katharine Wright’s husband Harry Haskell

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Join us TONIGHT for Ghost Stories from the Archives!

Graduate students in HST 7700 Local History Research will be sharing local history ghost stories this evening in Room 441, Fourth Floor, Dunbar Library, 5 PM – 7 PM, TONIGHT, Wednesday, October 26.

Come and hear some tall tales, see a Civil War amputation kit, look at old funeral records and have a snack!

Drop in anytime between 5PM and 7PM.

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Join us October 25th: Maiden Flight Lecture, The Wright Romance

The Wright State University Libraries,
Friends of the Libraries & Special Collections and Archives
proudly present:

Maiden Flight a novel by Harry Haskell
Meet the Author and Book Signing

Wright State Student Union
Endeavour Room
October 25, 2016
7:00 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.)

Maiden Flight (Academy Chicago, an imprint of Chicago Review Press; October 1, 2016) is the fictionalized telling of Wright Brothers’ sister, Katharine Wright, and Henry J. Haskell’s love affair. Written by Haskell’s grandson and namesake, Harry Haskell, the novel is based on personal letters, newspaper reports, and other documents of the period—in particular, Katharine’s lively and extraordinarily revealing love letters to Harry. Cast in the form of three interwoven first-person “memoirs,” imaginatively reconstructed by the author, Maiden Flight allows Katharine to step outside of Wilbur and Orville’s shadow. Haskell sheds new light on the central role she played in their private lives, as well as on her often misunderstood contribution to her brothers’ scientific work.

A special exhibit of Katharine Wright materials from the Wright Brothers Collection of Special Collections & Archives, and from the personal collection of Harry Haskell, will be on display at the event.

Attendees should park in Lot 2 by the Student Union. Refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested for planning purposes: www.libraries.wright.edu/events/maidenflight

Learn more about the author & the book.

Maiden Flight Lecture

Maiden Flight Lecture

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