Program Looks Back At Women Aviation Pioneers
WHEELING — The next Lunch With Books program at noon Tuesday, March 10, at the Ohio County Public Library in downtown Wheeling will focus on “Breaking Through The Clouds: The First Women’s National Air Derby.”
Executive Producer Heather Taylor will discuss her documentary about the 1929 Women’s National Air Derby, during which 20 women snapped on goggles and climbed into their cockpits to race across America. It was more than a race; it was a chance to show the world that women can be independent, intelligent, and really good pilots.
The women’s personalities shine in this film, from the celebrated Amelia Earhart to the glamorous Ruth Elder, who once flew a plane paid for by investors from Wheeling. Together these women were Ambassadors of Flight during the Golden Age of Aviation.
In addition to the film itself, Taylor will discuss how the 1929 Women’s Air Derby exemplifies the spirit of community and how these women can be role models for following one’s passion.
A screening of the film will be offered at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 9.
Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, they begin at noon on Tuesdays in the library’s auditorium. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided.
Call the Ohio County Public Library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website at www.ohiocountylibrary.org for any additional information.