Wright State University’s Special Collections and Archives and its Wright Brothers Collection were featured in an interview with author David McCullough that aired on CBS Sunday Morning May 3. The piece called the Wright Brothers’ lives “a symbol of the power of imagination.”
Special Collections and Archives hosted McCullough and a crew from CBS Sunday Morning on March 31 to film an interview on the author’s new book, The Wright Brothers.
McCullough discussed items from the Wright Brothers Collection and the significance of the events they depict. He emphasized the importance of photographs as valuable yet often overlooked sources of information for historical research. He also read short passages from The Wright Brothers, which will be released May 5.
CBS Sunday Morning also filmed McCullough at a number of other Wright brothers sites in Dayton and elsewhere for the segment, including Huffman Prairie Flying Field, Greenfield Village, and the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum.
McCullough will make a special appearance at a June 8th event sponsored by Books&Co and hosted at Kettering Middle School (3000 Glengarry Drive). Tickets for that event go on sale May 5 at Books&Co.
It was also recently announced that Tom Hanks and HBO are planning a mini-series based on McCullough’s book.
A two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, McCullough visited the Special Collections and Archives last fall to conduct research for his book using Wright State’s world-renowned Wright Brothers Collection, one of the most complete collections of Wright material in the world. It includes the Wrights’ own technical and personal library, family papers and other documents detailing the lives and work of Wilbur and Orville Wright and the Wright family. It also includes awards, certificates, medals, albums, recordings and technical drawings. Perhaps the most valuable part of the collection are the thousands of photographs documenting the invention of the airplane and the lives of the family.
McCullough received the Pulitzer Prize for his books Truman and John Adams, and received National Book Awards for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. He is also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.
This press release was modified slightly from one originally published by the Wright State News Room on May 4, 2015.