Friday, September 26, 2008

What: History Hunters: Wright Cycle Company Complex Tour
When: Friday September 26, 2008 10 AM
Where: The Wright Cycle Company & Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center Dayton, OH (directions below)
Who: Homeschoolers of all ages, program geared to grades 2 -12
Cost: FREE
RSVP: Laura

Wright Cycle Company Complex: This tour will help participants discover the importance of the Hoover Block and The Wright Cycle Company building in serving as the locations of the mechanical development for the foundation of the first heavier-than-air flying machine. Participants will investigate the early careers of the Wright brothers by exploring the only original bicycle shop and print shop remaining in Dayton, while engaging in interactive exhibits and hands-on activities.Grades 2 – 12. 60-90 minutes (90-120 minutes with movie).From the coordinator: Usually, we start with the orientation movie (30minutes). Next we tour through the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and then walk across the plaza to the Wright Cycle Company building.If we need to split into two groups - one group will tour the interpretive center while the other tours the bicycle shop; then switch. After your programs here, you could walk or drive to the Oak &Ivy Park which is located on Edwin C. Moses and Horace Street, just a few block away for lunch.

Getting to our Facilities: The Wright Cycle Company & Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center-South Williams Street From either North or South I-75, take the Third Street exit (53) and proceed west along Third to Williams Street (2nd street light after bridge). Turn left onto Williams. The buildings are on your left. Bus parking is on the street. Other parking is available in our lot accessed from Fourth Street. The RTA bus line also runs along West Third Street.

What a wonderful program! Being a Cincinnati resident my whole life, you would think I would have BEEN TAUGHT at some point, the historical significance of Dayton in the entire "first flight" event! The center is very informative and everyone in attendance learned so much. The weather was just perfect for walking the neighborhood and getting a sense of the "streets" that Orville and Wilbur walked each day. Click on collage to enlarge.

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