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A Discussion of the Wiseman Cooke Flight with Smithsonian Curators

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February 19, 2011 11:00 am
February 19, 2011 12:00 pm
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Celebrating a Century of Airmail: A Discussion of the Wiseman Cooke Flight with Smithsonian Curators

Join us for a live webcast Saturday, February 19, 2011, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first airmail flight!

We’re running a unique, live webcast in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution, the museum that now houses the Wiseman Cooke plane.  Curators from both the National Air and Space Museum and the National Postal Museum will discuss the significance of Fred Wiseman’s flight, and then will take questions live from audiences on two coasts – the D.C. audience and our audience here at the Sonoma County Museum.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear directly from Smithsonian curators on the subject of Fred Wiseman, and to ask these experts questions without traveling to Washington, D.C.! We hope you’ll join us.  Details are below.  Please contact me if you have any questions.

Jennifer Bethke, PhD
Curator of Education
Sonoma County Museum
(707) 579-1500 x17

Or tune-in to the National Air and Space Museum live webcast at 2 pm EST (11 am PST) and join the discussion!

Hear curators talk about the world’s first airmail flight, made between Petaluma and Santa Rosa on February 17-18, 1911. Fred Wiseman, Sonoma County’s own aviation pioneer, made the historic flight carrying groceries, newspapers and mail. It was the mail that made Wiseman a true pioneer, marking the first time that mail, sanctioned by postal officials, was delivered by airplane.

The special one-hour, live webcast is jointly organized by Sonoma County Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate in Santa Rosa, CA, the National Air and Space Museum, and the National Postal Museum. Curators Tom Crouch, Senior Curator, Aeronautics, National Air and Space Museum, and Nancy Pope, Curator/Historian, National Postal Museum, will speak for 20 minutes each, after which the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Watching the webcast? Send your real-time questions to the Smithsonian curators in Washington, D.C. using this special email address- airmail@si.edu – and hear your questions asked live during the webcast!

Above photo: Courtesy National Air and Space Museum.