Tuesday, April 18, 2017

OHTM Hosts Final Program of Winter Education Series

Owls Head, Maine — Owls Head Transportation Museum presents its final Winter Education Series program of the season on Saturday, April 29, with a presentation on Katharine Wright, the independent and worldly sister of the famous Wright Brothers.

Author Harry Haskell previews his new novel Maiden Flight, the true-life story of the “Wright Sister,” Katharine, who left her world-famous brothers to marry the man she loved—the author’s grandfather and namesake. Drawing on intimate family letters, this engrossing book crosses the boundaries of fact and fiction to shed new light on an exceptional woman’s struggle for independence and fulfillment. In allowing 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 their scientific work. Above all, Maiden Flight celebrates Katharine’s abundant store of what she called “human nature”—her lively and perceptive outlook on life, her great capacity for both love and indignation, and her acute and sometimes crippling self-awareness.

A former acquiring editor for Yale University Press and classical music critic for the Kansas City Star, Haskell is the grandson of the Star’s Pulitzer Prize-winning editor, Henry J. (Harry) Haskell. His previous books include Boss-Busters and Sin Hounds: Kansas City and Its Star and The Early Music Revival: A History. He lives in Guilford, Connecticut, with his wife, Ellen Cordes, a librarian at Yale University, and their daughter Lucy.

All Owls Head Transportation Museum Winter Education Series programs are free to the public (suggested donation $10). This program will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Visitors wishing to view the Museum before or after attending a Winter Education Series Program will be charged standard museum admission of $14 for adults and $10 for visitors over 65. To find out more about any Winter Education Series program please contact Curator and Education Director Ethan Yankura at ey@ohtm.org. The Museum is located at 117 Museum Street, in Owls Head, Maine, just two miles south of Rockland on Rte. 73.

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