Thursday, October 22, 2009

MOA's Conquering the Sky: The Secret Flights of the Wright Brothers


(Elizabeth City, NC) The Museum of the Albemarle's Historical Roundtable will present Dr. Larry E. Tise on Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 2:00 pm. As part of its ongoing free educational series, the roundtable will integrate the current Out of the Blue Coast Guard Aviation exhibit with Dr. Tise's new book, Conquering the Sky: The Secret Flights of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk.

Serving as the Wilbur and Orville Wright Distinguished Professor of History at East Carolina University, Dr. Tise has completed new research on the lives of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk. He includes fresh information about the Wrights as they travel to and from the site of the first heavier than air powered flight. Their visits and travel through Elizabeth City and other local areas are explored current interpretations of their history.

Conquering the Sky, released in September is the first exploration into the personalities, character and values of the Wright brothers as they weighed their almost unquenchable-sometimes incompatible-ambitions to achieve fame, wealth, power and a historical legacy.

Aviation aficionados will enjoy the story of how the brothers first attempted to broker, not only their flying machine, but their superior knowledge of how and why it worked, to the competing military powers of the early 20th century-Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States.

After the roundtable Dr. Tise will be available for questions and book signing.

The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 South Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252) 335-1453. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington counties, the museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums, Department of Cultural Resources, State of North Carolina. Treasure NC Culture.

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