In July of 1969, the first men landed on the moon. But did you know the suits that made those first steps possible were created here in Delaware? In “Apollo Spacesuits: History, Technology, and Culture”, Dr. Lantry will discuss space suits’ link to Delaware’s industrial heritage as well as their connection to artifact study and cultural/technological history.
Event is free. Registration is requested.
This program is sponsored by Delaware Humanities and the Hagley Museum and Library.
About Dr. Lantry
Doug Lantry is a curator at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and serves as the museum’s historian. He is lead curator for the museum’s Space, Korean War, and World War I galleries, and co-curator for Southeast Asia. Recent projects include exhibits on spacesuits, Cold War strategic reconnaissance, and World War I topics with the US Mint and the US World War I Centennial Commission.
Dr. Lantry received his Ph.D. in History with a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Delaware, where he was a fellow in the UD-Hagley Program in the History of Technology and Industrialization. He received his M.A. in Public History from Kent State University and a B.A. in journalism from The Ohio State University. His areas of specialization include the history of technology, aerospace material culture, and material culture and museum theory.
In addition to his work as an Air Force civilian curator and historian, Dr. Lantry has served as an advisor to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s “Save America’s Treasures: Threatened Artifacts of the Apollo Program” project. He is also a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve officer historian, with deployments in support of operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and Qatar.
The new permanent exhibit in the New Castle Visitor Center at The Arsenal will debut. The guest speaker is Dr. Kristin deGhetaldi, with her presentation, “Uncovering the Layers: The Science of Old Master Paintings.” Dr. deGhetaldi completed work last year on two of the portraits in our collection. In addition to explaining the work done to them, the portraits will be on display together for the first time in many years.
Refreshments are included.
Have you been interested in conducting oral histories, but did not know where to start? This program is an introduction to oral history, going over the basics of the types of questions to ask, how to ask them, equipment options to fit any budget, and what to do with those digital files after recording.
The program will held live at the Wilmington Public Library and live streamed to the Dover Public Library. As space is limited registration is required.
The workshop will be led by Amanda McCollom, Assistant Librarian and Multimedia Literacy Coordinator, and John Caldwell, Senior Assistant Librarian and Coordinator, Political Papers and Electronic Records, from the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press.
This program is part of the DEstination: Space initiative. However, the skills gained from this workshop can be put towards any oral history or StoryCorp type project.