Welcome to Week 2 of the Online Book Club!
I’m glad you found us here this week. We’re reading The Wright Brothers by David McCullough this month. Not only is this a great book about some local heroes, but it’s also The Big Read book for our area. If you’re enjoying the book so far, make sure you check out some of the local Big Read events to talk to more people who also love the book.
Before I talk about the book, I just have to say that I have really enjoyed learning about the history of Dayton through the story of the Wright Brothers. I have to confess and say that I didn’t really know much about Dayton or the Wright Brothers before reading this book, even though I grew up in the area! So I have really enjoyed seeing how Dayton used to be. One of the most interesting tidbits to me was the fact that Katharine was a school teacher at Steele High School. Steele High School was really beautiful—it looked like Hogwarts! I wish it was still in existence, but unfortunately, it was torn down in the 1950s. Dayton Metro Library has a really cool collection of postcards of Steele High School if you’re interested to see what it looked like.
The first section was really helpful because it let me know more about how the Wright Brothers became interested in flight. I just couldn’t get over how the boys were able to do so many things and were able to figure out so much about flight without any formal training. That is just incredible to me. I loved how they observed birds in an effort to learn more about flight. And, I loved reading about how they just started building and experimenting. They were so brave to attempt to fly when so many other people came to disastrous ends.
I also really loved reading the section about how they set up camp in Kitty Hawk. Every section of this book shows their ingenuity and work ethic.
If you’re like me, this book has made you want to do a lot of extra research about the brothers. I have found The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s page on the Wright Brothers to be really interesting. Check it out if you want to see artifacts, or if you want to just read more about Dayton and the first flyers.
Let me know what you thought of this first section in the comments! I can’t wait to hear if you are enjoying the book as much as I am.
And let me know if there are any cool Wright Brothers things around Dayton that I should visit!