Press Release · Thursday, April 17, 2003
April 17, 2003
The National Archives Celebrates Maryland's Centennial of Flight
College Park, MD. . .On Saturday, April 26, 2003, from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., the National Archives will host family activities at its College Park facility to celebrate Maryland's Centennial of Flight. The events are free and open to the public.
The National Archives has joined with the College Park Aviation Museum and the University of Maryland to present family-oriented events that celebrate Maryland's history of powered flight. Children can receive a special prize by visiting all three locations and having their "Junior Pilot's License" stamped.
There will be a free Maryland Centennial of Flight shuttle running from 10 am to 4 pm between the National Archives, the College Park Aviation Museum and the University of Maryland. Free parking will be available at each site.
National Archives at College Park
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD
Compete - In a paper airplane derby. Lecture Rooms C, D, E. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Watch - Aviation-related films and cartoons. Auditorium.
- The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, starring Charlie Brown and Linus. 11:35 a.m.
- Historic films of early flight from the holdings of the National Archives. Noon.
- Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines. 12:35 p.m.
Discover - Aviatrix Amelia Earhart's story through documents in the National Archives. Lecture Room A. 10:30 p.m.-Noon.
College Park Aviation Museum
1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive
College Park, MD 20740
Meet - "Katharine Wright," sister of Orville and Wilbur Wright (as portrayed by actress Betty Geiger-Darst). Noon-4 p.m.
Enjoy - Special children's aviation and craft activities. Noon-4 p.m.
Hear - University of Maryland Professor John Anderson discuss "The Race for the First Flight: Langley and the Wright Brothers." Auditorium. 2 p.m.
Admission to the College Park Aviation Museum is free to Maryland Day participants on April 26.
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Tour - The Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
See - Aerospace research projects by University of Maryland Aerospace Engineering students. Lobby of the Clark School of Engineering. Noon-2 p.m.
Fly - Learn to fly rubber band and glider airplanes. Outside the School of Engineering. 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at 301-837-1700.
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