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
Featuring a special exhibit of Katharine Wright materials
from the Wright Brothers Collection of Special Collections and Archives
& the author’s personal collection
Wright State Student Union
Endeavour Room
October 25, 2016
7:00 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.)
Attendees should park in the Visitors Lot (Lot 2) by the Student Union.
Help us plan! Registration is free and open to the public:

About Maiden Flight

Katharine Wright made the decision to leave her home in Dayton, Ohio—and more importantly her world-famous and intensely possessive older brother, Orville—to marry Kansas City Star editor Henry J. Haskell (known as Harry), the man she loved and had known since her days at Oberlin College. Katharine—the “Wright sister” and the only Wright sibling with a college degree—was an international celebrity in her own right, embodying the worldly, independent, and self-fulfilled New Woman of the early 20th century. Her vibrant, outgoing personality made her an indispensable asset to her renowned yet socially shy brothers. Torn between duty and love, she agonized for months before making her devastating break with Orville. Even though she attempted to communicate with him, he refused to see her until she was on her deathbed three years later.

Maiden Flight (Academy Chicago, an imprint of Chicago Review Press; October 1, 2016) is the fictionalized telling of 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 moving read for anyone interested in the Wrights or independent women of a bygone era, Maiden Flight celebrates Katharine’s abundant store of what she called “human nature”—her spirited and perceptive outlook on life, her great capacity for both love and indignation and her acute and sometimes crippling self-awareness.

About the Author:

Harry Haskell, the grandson of the former Kansas City Star editor Henry J. Haskell, was a writer and editor at the same paper and an editor at Yale University Press. He is the author of Boss-Busters and Sin Hounds: Kansas City and Its Star and The Early Music Revival: A History, and editor of The Attentive Listener: Three Centuries of Music Criticism. He lives in Guilford, Connecticut.

Please join us in the Student Union Endeavour Room on October 25th and get swept away by this historic love story!

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Changes to Library Course Reserves

As part of our efforts to increase efficiency and eliminate duplication of services, the University Libraries will be changing our Course Reserves service. We plan to phase out our electronic-reserves service (ARES) by the end of this semester. Classes in Fall 2016 are still able to use this service, but not classes in Spring 2017 and beyond.

Service for hard-copy reserves will continue as usual. Furthermore, this change does not affect the electronic journal databases or Pilot.

For material that is currently on your e-reserves site, please contact us ( if you know which files you would like us to download onto a Flash drive for you. Alternatively, you are always welcome to access your course site and download whatever files you wish to save.

Please link to library resources in Pilot whenever possible. This helps us keep track of which journals and other electronic resources are being accessed. Faculty, make sure your students can access Pilot materials off-campus – use the Permalink button available in every catalog record to generate EZProxy links!  Check out our “Linking to Library Resources in Pilot” page for useful tips:







Stay tuned for further updates and announcements concerning these changes to the Libraries’ Course Reserves service.

Faculty, staff, and instructors, we appreciate your understanding and look forward to continuing to work with you toward student success!

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Congratulations Library Retirees

Tuesday afternoon brought laughter, celebration, recognition and more than a few tears to the University Libraries staff as we said happy retirement to nine staff members who will be taking advantage of the retirement incentive offered this year by the University Administration.

With over 238 combined years of service, these nine staff members represent five University Libraries’ departments and several library-wide and University-wide teams and committees.


Barb Schaper
40 years of service
Future plans: Barb plans to join a senior living community and get involved with group activities and fitness classes. Here’s Barb at Tuesday’s celebration with fellow library staff members, Ran and Mary Raider.


Rita Johnson
34 years of service
Future plans: Rita can’t wait to spend more time with her children and grandchildren!



Emma Bodie
32 years of service
Future plans: Travel! Emma is going on a cruise to Jamaica after retirement. Here’s Emma with family and friends at Tuesday’s celebration. They can’t wait to set sail!


Kathi Herrick
32 years of service
Future plans: Kathi is looking forward to spending time with husband, Dave, and helping her daughter plan her wedding.


Mandy Wilson
32 years of service
Future plans: Mandy is looking forward to finally getting around to some home improvement projects. As the stacks manager, Mandy has moved nearly every book in Dunbar Library! We’re guessing her home improvement projects won’t include new shelves and moving books at home! Here’s Mandy with family at Tuesday’s event.


Jeff Wehmeyer
30 years of service
Future plans: Jeff is looking forward to joining his wife Susan in retirement. The couple met at Dunbar Library. He plans to spend time with their children and grandchildren.


Mary Raider
30 years of service
Future plans: Mary plans to pursue real estate classes. With her sunny disposition, she’s sure to be successful selling houses.


Mary Lou Baker Jones
19 years of service
Sciences and Math Librarian, Mary Lou was instrumental in expanding the library’s involvement with the Exploring STEMM program (among her many other efforts). A few of our students from last year’s program are pictured below, on a visit to Special Collections & Archives.


Steve Wynn
12 years of service
Future plans: none. Steve is looking forward to doing nothing for awhile. Sounds good to us! We know our patrons will miss “the guy with the beard”. Here Steve is at Tuesday’s celebration with his wife and fellow retiree, Diana Kaylor.


For many, their last day will be Sept 30th. So stop by soon and tell them how much you’ll miss them. We sure will! Congratulations to all!


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Knit Kits for a Cause – Oct. 13th

Knit Kits for a Cause
Free Workshop – Learn to Knit or Crochet
October 13th
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Donate your creations to WSU students.

All experience levels welcome. Join us to learn, teach and share!


The Wright State Service Knitting & Crochet Circle, Wright State Women’s Center and the Friends of the Libraries welcome knitters and crocheters to register for this free workshop to start from scratch, improve your skills, or share your knowledge. Starter knitting or crocheting kits provided by the Women’s Center. Refreshments will be provided. Consider donating your creations to Scarf Frenzy in the library in January and help Wright State students stay warm this winter.


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