Centennial of Flight

On Dec. 17, 1903, at 10:35 a.m., Orville and Wilbur Wright made history when the world’s first successful powered aircraft lifted off a beach and flew. The 120-foot journey lasted only 12 seconds, but changed history forever. Now, 100 years later, cities across the United States, including Rockford, commemorate the Wright brothers’ flight and the subsequent advances in aviation.

Discovery Center is celebrating the Centennial of Flight with a variety of exhibits, activities and special events this fall. As a kickoff, the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission has loaned Discovery Center a traveling exhibit, which opened Sept. 4 and will remain on display through the month of September. The exhibit, titled “Born of Dreams—Inspired by Freedom,” portrays many of the key scenes from the first century of aviation and aerospace against a vignette of an early Wright brothers’ flight.

Discovery Center is partnering with several area organizations to offer a variety of special programs and activities this fall not only to celebrate a century of flight, but, more importantly, to inspire a new generation of inventors in children in the Rock River Valley and to ignite a new level of enthusiasm for perseverance in the quest for ingenuity.

For more information, call Discovery Center at 963-6769 or visit the Museum’s Web site at www.discoverycentermuseum.org. Discovery Center Museum, the No. 4 Children’s Museum in the Nation, as cited by Child magazine, is inside the Riverfront Museum Park at 711 N. Main St., Rockford.

General admission to the Museum is $4 adults, $3 children (ages 2 to 17) and free to children younger than 2 years and Museum members. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Museum is open Mondays on Rockford public school holidays and during the summer.

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