Apollo Spacesuits: History, Technology, and Culture

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Apollo Spacesuits: History, Technology, and Culture

NEXT DATE:   |  6:30 p.m.  |  
category: Academic Programs, Adult Programs  |  location: Library, Soda House

In July of 1969, the first men landed on the moon.  But did you know the suits that made those first steps possible were created here in Delaware?  In “Apollo Spacesuits: History, Technology, and Culture”, Dr. Lantry will discuss space suits’ link to Delaware’s industrial heritage as well as their connection to artifact study and cultural/technological history.

Event is free.  Registration is requested, please register here.

This program is sponsored by Delaware Humanities and the Hagley Museum and Library.

About Dr. Lantry

Doug Lantry is a curator at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and serves as the museum’s historian. He is lead curator for the museum’s Space, Korean War, and World War I galleries, and co-curator for Southeast Asia. Recent projects include exhibits on spacesuits, Cold War strategic reconnaissance, and World War I topics with the US Mint and the US World War I Centennial Commission.

Dr. Lantry received his Ph.D. in History with a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Delaware, where he was a fellow in the UD-Hagley Program in the History of Technology and Industrialization. He received his M.A. in Public History from Kent State University and a B.A. in journalism from The Ohio State University. His areas of specialization include the history of technology, aerospace material culture, and material culture and museum theory.

In addition to his work as an Air Force civilian curator and historian, Dr. Lantry has served as an advisor to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s “Save America’s Treasures: Threatened Artifacts of the Apollo Program” project. He is also a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve officer historian, with deployments in support of operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and Qatar.

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