Icarus International and First Flight Rotary Monument to a Century of Flight Time Capsule Records, ORG.5117

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Icarus International and First Flight Rotary Monument to a Century of Flight Time Capsule Records, ORG.5117

Abstract

In 2003, a nonprofit organization, Icarus International, launched a campaign to construct a "Monument to a Century of Flight" adjacent to the Aycock Brown Welcome Center in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. A major component of this project, in addition to the monument, was the installation of a time capsule from the people of 2003 to be gifted to the people of 2103, a collaborative endeavor between Icarus International, the First Flight Rotary Club, and the Outer Banks History Center. The materials in this collection primarily document the creation of this time capsule, as well as the monument itself.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Icarus International and First Flight Rotary Monument to a Century of Flight Time Capsule Records
Call Number
ORG.5117
Creator
Icarus International
Date
2003
Language
English
Repository
Outer Banks History Center

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Restrictions on Access & Use

Access Restrictions

Available for research. Computer files may be inaccessible pending reformatting. Contact the Outer Banks History Center for more information.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], ORG.5117, Icarus International and First Flight Rotary Monument to a Century of Flight Time Capsule Records, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, NC, USA.

Collection Overview

Materials in the Icarus International and First Flight Rotary Monument to a Century of Flight Time Capsule Records, 2003, primarily document the creation and construction of a 100-year time capsule that was installed within the Monument to a Century of Flight. Materials include detailed inventories of the time capsule's contents, artists' renderings, planning materials, technical specifications, clippings, photographs, ephemera, and computer files related to the construction of the time capsule and the monument.

Biographical/Historical

2003 marked the centennial anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight. The Outer Banks marked this anniversary with numerous events and commmemoration projects, one of which being the creation of a dramatic, outdoor sculptural site at the Aycock Brown Welcome Center in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, known as the Monument to a Century of Flight. The building of the monument, and an endowment for its perpetual care, were funded through a combination of public and private sponsorships and donations. Coordinated by Icarus International, Inc., a non-profit founded in 1996 to encourage flight-related artistic expression, the monument was intended as "an enduring legacy to the history, beauty and mystery of flight.' It would recognize 'significant accomplishments and milestones in aviation history and honor the soaring spirit of the men and women whose aspirations spoke, and continue to speak, so clearly of human potential."

The monument, conceived by Outer Banks artist Glenn Eure, consists of an orbit of fourteen wing-shaped stainless steel pylons, ascending in height from 10 feet to 20 feet, depicting man's journey in a single century from earthbound to the moon and beyond. The orbit's extent would be 120 feet, the distance traveled by Wilbur and Orville Wright in their first flight. Fund raising for the monument incorporated permanent remembrances into the stone and metal of the monument. A "Buy a Brick" program generated thousands of dollars and a range of inscriptions.

Groundbreaking for the monument was held on 17 June 2003, and the monument was dedicated 8 November 2003. The monument also includes a time capsule containing thoughts and memorabilia from the people of 2003 to be gifted to the people of 2103. The First Flight Chapter of Rotary International coordinated the time capsule project, and the Outer Banks History Center provided curatorial and technical expertise. Memorabilia for the time capsule was collected from various eastern North Carolina Rotary chapters and other organizations.

Contents of the Collection

Collection Contents
Time Capsule Contents, Box by Box, 2003
Time Capsule Contents, Box by Box
Time Capsule Contents by Donating Organization, 2003
Time Capsule Contents by Donating Organization
Time Capsule Contents, Detailed Inventory Item by Item, 2003
Time Capsule Contents, Detailed Inventory Item by Item
Statistics and Trivia about the Contents of the Time Capsule, 2003
Statistics and Trivia about the Contents of the Time Capsule
Time Capsule Project, Process Files, 2003
Time Capsule Project, Process Files
Time Capsule Artist's Renderings, 2003
Time Capsule Artist's Renderings
Time Capsule Research and Technical Specifications Re: Structure and Contents, 2003
Time Capsule Research and Technical Specifications Re: Structure and Contents
Time Capsule Memos, Submission Forms, Mailing Lists, 2003
Time Capsule Memos, Submission Forms, Mailing Lists
Project Archivist's Work, 2003
Project Archivist's Work
Time Capsule Dedication Program, Photographs, and Ephemera, 2003
Time Capsule Dedication Program, Photographs, and Ephemera
Clippings, 2003
Clippings
Ephemera, 2003
Ephemera
Time Capsule Inventories and Computer Disks, 2003
Time Capsule Inventories and Computer Disks

Subject Headings

  • Flight--Centennial celebrations, etc.
  • Aeronautics--North Carolina--Kill Devil Hills--Centennial celebrations, etc.
  • Monuments--North Carolina--Kill Devil Hills
  • Acquisitions Information

    Donated by Icarus International and the First Flight Chapter, Rotary International.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by K. Lisbeth "KaeLi" Schurr.