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Wright Brothers Memorial Grand Reopening

Formations’ audiovisual technician Christopher Williams describes how the 16-screen video wall will function in the new visitor center at Wright Brothers National Memorial Photo; Formations, Inc.

KILL DEVIL HILLS — The Wright Brothers National Memorial will celebrate 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20 the reopening of its National Historic Landmark visitor center.

Throughout the day, visitors are invited to explore the visitor center and to enjoy the interactive activities and exhibits on aviation, historic preservation, and STEAM-based activities (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) provided by local and regional partners.

The grand reopening ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. and feature speeches by National Park Service Southeast Regional Director Robert Vogel and National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac.

After the ribbon cutting, Dare County fourth-graders and their families are invited to be the first to experience the visitor center’s new, interactive exhibits. The National Park Service is honoring fourth-graders as the distinguished guests as part of the national Every Kid in a Park program and to promote their study of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s achievements as part of their fourth-grade curriculum, according to the release.

Visitors will embark on a journey in the visitor center through the lives of Orville and Wilbur Wright, exploring their characters, diving into problems they solved and the methods they used that ultimately led to their first flight on Dec. 17, 1903. Along the journey, visitors will also encounter people who helped and interacted with the Wrights including Katharine Wright, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Charles Taylor, to name a few.

Inside the Flight Room, visitors will once again be able to view the reproduction 1903 Wright Flyer, which made history during the first flight, along with a brand new 16-screen video wall.

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