Centerville-Washington History March Speaker Series Program

Centerville-Washington History March Speaker Series Program

Centerville-Washington History presents: "Post-1908 Trip in the Wright Brothers' 'Clunky' Business Affairs" on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 pm presented by Ed Roach from the National Park Service at the RecPlex West auditorium.

Event details

Address: 895 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton, OH 45459 [Map/directions]
Tue, Mar 19 2024 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Tue, Mar 19 2024 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Cost: FREE

Free Speaker Series

Centerville-Washington History presents: “Post-1908 Trip into the Wright Brothers’ "Clunky" Business Affairs ” on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 pm presented by Ed Roach at the RecPlex West auditorium, 965 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd in Centerville.

Wilbur and Orville Wright earned fame through the invention of the airplane. Between 1899 and 1905 they went from experimenting with kites to having a practical airplane that could cycle through takeoffs and landings as long as its fuel lasted and its pilot remained alert. However, their years after 1905 did not see the same level of success. Though they attained financial security as seen through the construction of the Hawthorn Hill estate in Oakwood and through Orville not having to work for a living for the last three decades of his life, they found themselves ill-equipped to commercialize their invention. Between 1908 and 1909, Wright companies formed in France, Germany, and the United States, but none became significant players in the pre-or post-Great War aviation industry. Wilbur and Orville Wright were great engineers and inventors, but they were clunky capitalists whose attempts to capitalize on their invention proved anticlimactic.

Edward Roach is the historian for Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, a U.S. national park commemorating the Wright brothers with sites spread around the Ohio city of Dayton. Originally from Gettysburg, PA, Roach holds bachelor's and master’s degrees in history. Before joining the National Park Service, he taught English with the U.S. Peace Corps in Ukraine. At Dayton Aviation, Roach is responsible for managing the park’s museum and library collections and historic preservation and environmental compliance programs. He also conducts research and publishes on various topics connected with the Wright brothers and their business history. The Wright Company: From Invention to Industry was published by Ohio University Press in 2014. Presently, he is working on a history of the Wrights’ French company, the Compagnie générale de navigation aérienne. He lives in Dayton with his cats.

This FREE presentation is open to the public. Reservations are not required. Donations welcome. Enjoy refreshments starting at 6:30 pm and the program from 7-8 pm in the auditorium. For more information, call Centerville-Washington History at 937-433-0123 or visit

*NOTE -- Please enter on the south side of the building using the east doors closest to the theater—park between the Subaru dealership and the building for shortest walk. 

Washington Township Rec Plex

Centerville-Washington History March Speaker Series Program is taking place at Washington Township Rec Plex, which is located at 895 Miamisburg Centerville Road in Dayton. Washington Township Rec Plex - Formerly the Washington Township Recreation. We offer a variety of programs included classes (Aquatic Lessons, Art, Fitness, Preschool, Sports Classes and Acting Lessons) along with Leagues and Camps. - read more

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