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    Story of Wright factory seamstress rediscovered

    One of the most enigmatic pictures in Wright State University's collection of Wright Company photographs is one of a woman at a large table, sewing fabric for a Wright Flyer. The picture is interesting I included it in my book. Her name was Ida Holdgreve, but for decades little else was known about her.

    Photo of Dawne Dewey, Head of Wright State University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives; Theodore (Ted) Clark of Beavercreek, and Gerald (Jerry) Jacobson, a friend of Ted Clark, with a photo of Ida Holdgreve. (NAHA Photo by Timothy R. Gaffney.)

    Dawne Dewey, Head of Wright State University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives; Theodore (Ted) Clark of Beavercreek, and Gerald (Jerry) Jacobson, a friend of Ted Clark, holding a photo of Ida Holdgreve. (NAHA Photo by Timothy R. Gaffney.)

    Today we know a lot more about one of the world's first female aircraft manufacturing workers, thanks to a reader who attended my book launch at Books & Co back in June.

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    WHIO Reports spotlights Wright factory

    A few weeks ago, WHIO Reports focused on the Wright brothers' factory. Program host Jim Otte interviewed Dean Alexander, superintendent of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park; Tony Sculimbrene, executive director of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance, and me to discuss the factory, its history and its future on the Sunday TV news program. Watch the video:

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