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March 27, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Soda House at Hagley
298 Buck Rd
Wilmington, DE 19807
Delaware Humanities

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.


Program Description

On July 21, 1969, two citizens of the United States of America were the first humans to step foot on a celestial body outside Earth. While many know that individuals and corporations across the United States worked together to make this happen, few realize the importance Delaware held in this momentous occasion. Companies such as ILC Dover, W.L. Gore and Associates, and DuPont contributed significant research, design, development, and manufacturing resources that landed these two astronauts safely on the moon. In 2019, Delaware Humanities is using the 50th anniversary of the moon landing as a catalyst to host a year long celebration of Delaware's contributions to space exploration.  From Annie Jump Cannon to Dr. Jane Rigby, Delawareans past and present have been working to unlock the mysteries of the universe. Delaware Humanities will be offering re-grants to Delaware non-profit organizations of up to $5,000 on a rolling basis for projects that fit the theme of the project. Click here to learn more about Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Grants. Delaware Humanities will also be offering a traveling exhibition on the history of Delaware's contributions to space exploration.  Click here for more information and the application to host. Want to bring the exhibit to your school or organization for just a day or a week?  Click here for information on how to borrow the exhibit short-term. In grades 5-12 and enjoy writing and creating art?  Submit to our contest for your chance to win a chance to meet Astronaut Leland Mevlin!  Deadline May 24. Other events will also be occurring in 2019: please check the DEstination: Space website and join our mailing list for the latest news and information.