2014 Winter Education Series features talks on motorcycles, rail history and more

Dec 31, 2013

Owls Head — The Owls Head Transportation Museum announces the schedule of speakers for its 2014 Winter Education Series.

Each presentation begins at 1 p.m. and the public is invited to attend free of charge.

On April 12, the education series will be presented in conjunction with Maine Rail Group’s first Maine Rail Conference and Fair. While the presentation will begin at 1 p.m. the conference and fair will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and is free to the public.

Saturday, Jan. 11 Jean Navarre: France’s Sentinel of Verdun

Author Jim Wilberg presents from his book of the same title, recounting the career of French World War I fighter pilot Jean Navarre, France’s first officially recognized ace. Wilberg will have books on hand for purchase and signing following the program.

Saturday, Jan. 25 Deus Ex Machina

Join filmmaker and inventor Jack Churchill as he discusses innovations and advances in motorcycle technology. Churchill’s focus will be on technology as driven from within the shop environment. The program will feature a screening of the short film Deus Ex Machina as well as some of Churchill’s creations.

Saturday, Feb. 8 Maine Central 470 — Mascot of Maine

Members from the New England Steam Corporation will discuss the history, retirement and restoration of Maine Central Railroad’s last operating steam engine, Number 470. The presentation will include details of the group’s plans to restore steam rail operations in Maine.

Saturday, Feb. 22 You Can’t Get There From Here

Historian George Barrett explores the evolution of roads, ferries and bridges in Maine beginning in the early 1900s. Challenges such as river crossings before bridges and long distance travel over less than adequate road surfaces will be discussed.

Saturday, March 8 Amelia Earhart: First Lady of the Air

Come celebrate International Women’s Day with Historical Character Reenactor, Jessa Piaia, who will present a one-person interpretation of pioneer aviatrix Amelia Earhart, one of the world’s most famous aviators and greatest mysteries.

Saturday, April 12 21st century Steam and High Speed Rail in China Today

As part of the Maine Rail Group’s first Maine Rail Conference and Fair, Russ Barber will present an illustrated talk on the state of steam train technology in China. The all-day Rail Conference will feature a variety of rail interests in Maine, from operational to historical.

Saturday, April 26 Marine Engines of Maine

Join Penobscot Marine Museum Curator, Ben Fuller, as he chronicles the transition from sail and human powered vessels to internal combustion. Maine was home not only to mariners but also the innovators and builders that drove the maritime industries.

For further information about the Winter Education Series please contact Public Relations Director Jenna Lookner at 594-4418 or by email at jl@ohtm.org.

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