Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Presents the 2013 “Heritage Family Day” Series

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Presents
the 2013 “Heritage Family Day” Series
As
part of the Smithsonian’s Heritage and History education initiative,
the National Air and Space Museum presents a “Heritage Family Day”
series celebrating ethnic and cultural diversity. The series coincides
with national observances, focusing specifically on the contributions
that diverse communities have made to aviation and space exploration.
These activity-filled days, which take place at the National Mall
building and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., offer
parents and children the opportunity to meet role models—ranging from
World War II veterans to astronomers. Support for the “Heritage Family
Day” series is provided by Northrop Grumman Corporation.
“The
museum’s dual mission, in history and science, come together in the
‘Heritage Family Day’ series,” said Maureen Kerr, education chair at the
National Air and Space Museum. “The programs feature inspiring role
models who have helped make history by their achievements in aviation
and spaceflight.”
 “Northrop
Grumman is proud to sponsor the ‘Heritage Family Day’ series for the
eighth consecutive year at the National Air and Space Museum,” said
Sandra Evers-Manly, vice president, Corporate Responsibility, Northrop
Grumman Corporation. “We are excited to support this series because it
recognizes the unsung heroes of STEM and is an incredible benefit to the
community’s schools and families.”
The
2013 series begins Feb. 9 at the museum’s National Mall building with
“African American Pioneers in Aviation Day,” where visitors will have
the chance to meet members of the Tuskegee Airmen, African Americans who
fought during WWII, and be inspired by their determination and
perseverance. On Feb. 23, the second “African American Pioneers in
Aviation Day” will be held at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
On
March 23, “Kites of Asia Day,” visitors to the National Mall building
will experience the beauty of kites by celebrating the first
aviation-related objects collected by the Smithsonian—two Chinese kites.
There will be indoor kite flying, and experts will explain how kites
influenced the development of aviation and the science behind kite
flying. Visitors can decorate and build their own kites.
Also
March 23, the “Women in Aviation and Space Day” will take place at the
Udvar-Hazy Center. Visitors will learn about the accomplishments of
women in aviation, science and aerospace. Families can enjoy guest
speakers, hands-on activities, a theatrical presentation and more.
“Explore
the Universe Day” will take place at the National Mall building June 1.
Astronomy will serve as a common theme for visitors to learn how
different people and cultures view and talk about the sky. The museum’s
Public Observatory will be open for daytime sky-watching, weather
permitting.
There will be two
“Heritage Family Days” in September: “A Century of Women in Aerospace”
at the National Mall building Sept. 14 and “Hispanic Heritage Day:
Innovators in Air and Space” in partnership with the Smithsonian Latino
Center Sept. 21 at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
The
last “Heritage Family Day” of the 2013 series will be Oct. 5 at the
National Mall building and will also celebrate Hispanic Heritage in
partnership with the Smithsonian’s Latino Center. There will be
bilingual programming and visitors will have the chance to meet Hispanic
scientists and engineers. 
For more information about the museum’s “Heritage Family Day” series, visit: http://www.airandspace.si.edu/events/heritagedays.cfm.
The
National Air and Space Museum building on the National Mall in
Washington, D.C., is located at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue
S.W. The museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Chantilly,
Va., near Washington Dulles International Airport. Both facilities are
open daily from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is
free, but there is a $15 fee for parking at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
 
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