‘Hoosiers in Flight’ to be topic of historical society meeting

October 12, 2018

La PORTE — “Hoosiers in Flight” will be the topic for the next La Porte County Historical Society meeting on Tuesday at the La Porte County Historical Society Museum at 7 p.m.

Bruce Johnson, society president, will share a visual presentation about the lives of people from Indiana including Wilbur Wright who have been instrumental in the history of aviation.

Highlighted will be La Porte High School graduate Roy W. Johnson who was instrumental in developing the forerunner of the NASA space program under the Eisenhower administration in the 1950s.

Purdue University and its role in the work of Amelia Earhart and its prominence as the “Cradle of Astronauts” will be an important part of the program.

The lives of Hoosier astronauts Gus Grissom, David Wolf, Jerry Ross and many others will be shared.

The public is invited to attend the meeting at the museum at 2405 Indiana Ave. on U.S. 35 south of La Porte. The building is accessible to those with disabilities. For more information, contact the museum at 324-6767 or www.laportecountyhistory.org.

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