Free History Film Series at Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site

For immediate release

Release dated: 
December 18, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Melissa Peterson • Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site • 320-616-5421 • melissa.peterson@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Event: History Film Series
Date: Second Tuesday of the month
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free
Place: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Dr. S., Little Falls MN 56345
Phone: 320-616-5421
Email: lindbergh@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/lindbergh

Free History Film Series at Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site


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The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site hosts a free monthly film series on topics related to aviation history. Films are shown every second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Visitor Center. The museum and gift shop are available for a short period before and after the film. Upcoming films for 2014 include:

  • BIRTH OF FLIGHT: EARLY AVIATION
    Date: Jan. 14, 2014
    The first episode in this documentary series looks at the beginnings of flight, with innovators such as Benjamin Franklin and Leonardo DaVinci coming up with new ways to give man wings. It chronicles the invention of hot air balloons, Zeppelins, box kites and the story of the most influential inventors of all - Wilbur and Orville Wright.

  • BIRTH OF FLIGHT: POST WWI BARNSTORMING
    Date: Feb. 11, 2014

    The second episode in this documentary series looks at the earliest decades of aviation which brought both triumph and tragedy. A new breed of adventurers looked to the heavens for their challenges and thrilled audiences around the world. The advent of the movie camera meant that their exploits could be broadcast to every corner of the globe and recorded for posterity.

  • FLYBOYS
    Date: March 11, 2014

    Inspired by the true story of the legendary Lafayette Escadrille, this action-packed epic tells the tale of America's first fighter pilots. These courageous young men distinguish themselves in a manner that none before them had dared, becoming true heroes who experience triumph, tragedy, love and loss amid the chaos of World War I. Starring James Franco and Jean Reno.
    This film is provided courtesy Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.

  • BIRTH OF FLIGHT: AVIATION ADVANCEMENT AND DESIGN
    Date: April 8, 2014

    The third episode in this documentary series looks at the decades following the First World War when aircraft designers pushed the boundaries of aeronautical technology, moving the industry forward at a rapid pace. With new commercial markets opening up, it was the visionaries who held the key to success.

  • BIRTH OF FLIGHT: EARLY COMMERCIAL AVIATION
    Date: May 13, 2014

    The fourth episode in this documentary series looks at the years following the First World War when flying takes off as business. Flying became a bigger feature of life all around the world, not just as a novelty "adventure" for rich people but as a mode of transport available to just about anyone.

  • THE AVIATOR
    Date: June 10, 2014

    Directed by Martin Scorsese this epic biopic depicts the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes, from the late 1920's to the mid-1940's. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale and John C. Reilly.
    This film is provided courtesy Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.

  • BIRTH OF FLIGHT: SEAPLANES DEVELOPMENT AND USE
    Date: July 8, 2014

    The fifth episode in this documentary series looks at seaplane development as it went from strength to strength, with Seaplanes becoming the largest aircraft in the world by the end of the First World War. Seaplanes saw the dawn of the aviation industry as they could accommodate large numbers of passengers between continents and only required a smooth body of water to land.

  • BIRTH OF FLIGHT: JET AIRCRAFT DEVELOPMENT
    Date: August 12, 2014

    The sixth episode in this documentary series looks at the Concorde. Flying at the speed of sound was made a reality when traditional rivals Britain and France collaborated to build the world's first Concorde, a jet that could traverse the Atlantic in just 3 hours, at twice the speed of sound, around about 1400 miles an hour.

  • MEMPHIS BELLE
    Date: September 9, 2014

    A WWII throwback about a heroic and fearless group of young airmen, their beloved B-17 aircraft, the “Memphis Belle” and its final bombing run to Dresden. Starring Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz and John Lithgow.
    This film is provided courtesy Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.

  • BIRTH OF FLIGHT: POST WWII COMMERCIAL AVIATION
    Date: Oct. 14, 2014

    The seventh episode in this documentary series looks at commercial aviation. The Boeing 737 twin engine jetliner was to become Boeing's greatest success because of the fact that it has one of the lowest approach speeds of any jet transport and the minimum equipment required for refueling.

  • BIRTH OF FLIGHT: AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT AND MODERN AVIATION
    Date: Nov. 11, 2014

    The eighth and final episode in this documentary series looks at the development of more sophisticated airplanes which made twin-engine, long-distance travel feasible. A new standard was introduced, known as Extended Range Twin-Engine Operation.

  • PLANES
    Date: Dec. 9, 2014
    Disney's animated feature about a crop-dusting plane with a fear of heights who lives his dream of competing in a famous around-the-world aerial race.
    This film is provided courtesy Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.

About Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site

The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site tells the full scope of Lindbergh’s life, beginning with his boyhood along the Mississippi River in Little Falls. His childhood home and exhibits are part of the site, which is a National Historic Landmark operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. It is located across from Charles A. Lindbergh State Park, two miles south of Little Falls at 1620 Lindbergh Drive. Call 320-616-5421 for more information.

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.