Kites are an often overlooked evolutionary step in the development of the powered, heavier-than-air aircraft. On Saturday, Jan. 8, join Owls Head Transportation Museum Education Director Ethan Yankura for his presentation, From Kites to Wrights: The Kite’s Impact on Powered Flight. The program begins at 1 pm. Admission is free.

“Kites are frequently viewed as a toy, but they utilize many of the same technologies and rely on the same principles as airplanes,” said Yankura in a press release. “In fact, several would-be aviators received their first taste of flight in what amounted to little more than overgrown kites.”

Yankura’s presentation will cover the history of flight from human-lifting kites to NASA’s attempts at using flexible kite structures to recover spacecraft.

From Kites to Wrights is the first in a series of six winter education programs offered by the Owls Head Transportation Museum. All programs begin at 1 p.m. and are free to public. All programs are general seating.

The remaining winter education programs at the Owls Head Transportation Museum are:

Saturday, Jan 22: An Undisciplined Look at Horses and Carriages

Local horse owner, operator and historian , Nick Buck will provide an overview of horse-drawn vehicles over several eras and seasons of use. Topics will include winter vehicles, working vehicles and vehicles from the Civil War era through World War II.

Saturday, Feb 5 The American Steam Fire Engine

Firefly Restoration, in Hope is internationally renown for their expert restorations of antique fire apparatus. Join owner/operator Andy Swift, as he provides a historical look at the development of the American steam fire engine.

Saturday, March 5: No Dearth on the Nile: Margery Durant Flies in Style to Africa

In 1931 and 1932, Margery Durant conducted an air-popularization tour of the Mediterranean and Africa. Recount her travels with her grandson, Alexander Sanger as he shares the family’s pictures and film from the tour.

Saturday, March 19: Cecil Kimber, John Thornley and MG Automobiles

The team of Tom Latta, James Lea and Steve Neal will present a brief history of the cars built and raced by MG featuring cars presently on display in the museum. A question and answer session will follow, including a discussion of the purchase and restoration of an MG.

Saturday, April 2: Horse Drawn Vehicles in Maine

Nick Buck returns to discuss the history, heritage and importance of horse power in the state of Maine. Buck will present images from the museum’s and his personal photo collections to illustrate this entertaining and educational event.

The Owls Head Transportation Museum is located at 117 Museum St. (off Rt. 73) in Owls Head, just two miles south of Rockland. For more information call 594-4418 or visit www.owlshead.org.