2014 Historic Lecture Series
All lectures take place on-site and begin at 7:00 PM.
Lectures are free, donations are appreciated and light refreshments are provided.
May 8th Janis Keown-Blackburn
Did you know that only 5% of airline pilots are female? Ms. Blackburn worked as a commercial pilot for 36 years. In retirement, she has authored an aviation-themed children’s book. Join us to hear about her fascinating, trail-blazing career.
May 15th Maybelle Thomas & George Capua
Ms. Thomas worked at the Grumman factory in Trenton, NJ during WWII, making her a real-life Rosie the Riveter! Her nephew, Mr. Capua, worked at the same facility during the development of the Lunar module. They will share their experiences, shedding new light on NASW’s collection.
May 22nd Andrew Schiavello, President of Honor Flight Philadelphia
Honor Flights take on the mission of escorting WWII veterans to Washington, DC to visit the World War II Memorial on the National Mall. Mr. Schiavello founded the Philadelphia hub of the organization, and he will talk about his continuing efforts to honor veterans and share his passion for WWII history.
May 29th Bee Haydu, Women Air Service Pilot (WASP)
Ms. Haydu served as a Women Air Service Pilot in 1944. The WASP were the first women to fly military airplanes for the Army Air Force in WWII. She was stationed at Pecos Army Airfield, Pecos, Texas. Later in life, she led the fight in Congress to recognize the WASP as veterans of WWII.