Friday, November 2, 2018

Women Who Soar

Every time I’m near the International Women’s Air & Space Museum in downtown Cleveland, I think “I really should go there sometime.”

Meanwhile, I’m recommending you do something I haven’t done myself. The museum seems fantastic, from what I’ve read. It’s a perfect fit for CLE on the Cheap because it’s free. Besides permanent and temporary exhibits, the museum has events such as an Author Day tomorrow (Nov. 3) that features books by my friends and former Plain Dealer colleagues Marc Bona and Laura DeMarco, among others. Author Day includes a book sale and a pancake breakfast (suggested donation $5). What’s not to love?

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum has been at Burke Lakefront Airport since 1998, when it relocated from Centerville, Ohio. Its exhibits are in the lobby and west concourse and are viewable every day. The museum was started by a committee of The Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots, whose first president was Amelia Earhart. There were 99 charter members when the organization was formed in 1929. 

You’ll find photos and information about famous women in aviation such as Earhart in the museum, but you’ll also learn about women you probably haven’t heard of before. One of them is Shaesta Waiz, the youngest person to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft. Another is Matilde E. Moisant, pictured above, who was born in Indiana in 1878 and became the second woman pilot (after Harriet Quimby) to be certified by the Aero Club of America.

Waiz will speak during “Dinner with a Slice of History,” a fundraiser that begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. Tickets are available here until Wednesday, Nov. 7. Waiz also is the founder of the nonprofit Dreams Soar Inc., whose mission statement is "to inspire the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and aviation professionals."

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