Since 2007, Mr. Haas has been presenting the stories of Orville and Wilbur Wright and their family through his work as a Wright Scholar and at The Henry Ford as a Master Historic Presenter in Greenfield Village in Dearborn Michigan. Sharing the stories of the Wright Bros. success in the bicycle business along with the history of the bicycle and how that helped them invent the airplane to children and adults of all ages has helped Mr. Haas perfect his presentation skills with elementary age school children. Mr. Haas had been a Cub Scout Den Leader since 2006 ending his service in 2013 as Asst. Cub Master for his Cub Scout Pack in Dearborn, Michigan.
'Kids Fly with Orville' is not affiliated with The Henry Ford, nor the Boy Scouts of America. Mr Haas is an independent contractor with your organization.
Orville and Wilbur Wright circa 1900, Dayton, OH.
Reading Bibliography, my sources.
The Papers of Wilbur & Orville Wright Volume One 1899-1905, M. McFarland, Ayer Company
The Wright Brothers, David McCullough, Simon & Schuster
The Bishop’s Boys, Tom Crouch, Norton
Diaries: 1857-1917 by Bishop Milton Wright, Wright State University
The Wright Brothers Fathers of Flight, J. McMahon, Little, Brown, and Company
First Flight, T.A. Heppenheimer, Wiley
The Wright Brothers, A, Biography, Fred C. Kelly, Dover
Miracle at Kitty Hawk, The Letters of Wilbur & Orville Wright, Edited by Fred C. Kelly, De Capo Press
How We Made The First Flight, Orville Wright,
FAA, Office of Public Affairs Aviation Education Program
How We Invented the Airplane; An Illustrated History, Orville Wright, Edited by Fred C. Kelly, Dover
The Wright Sister, Richard Maurer, Roaring Brook Press
Wind and Sand, L.Wescott & P.Degen, Eastern Acorn Press
Wright Reminiscences, Compiled by Ivonette Wright Miller, The Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc.
Cooking the Wright Way, Melba Hunt, The Kettering-Moraine Museum
The Original Wrights, Jane Healy, Lyon and Healy
Dayton Aviation, K.M. Keisel, Arcadia Publishing
The Wright Way, Mark Eppler, AMACOM Books.
Birdmen, L. Goldstone, Ballantine Books
With special thanks to The Henry Ford, Wright State University, U.S. Historical Archives, Library of Congress and the many web sites dedicated to the Wright Brothers information.
A very special thanks to Pat Monosky who continues to be the most helpful and knowledgeable person on the Wright Brothers that I know. Thank you Pat M.!
Mr. Haas recieved his Bachelor degree in the performing arts from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1979 and performed in the professional theatre for over a dozen years. He continues to perform on the community theatre stage in the local Metro Detroit area. Mr. Haas is pictured below presenting to a group of children at The Henry Ford Greenfield Village in the Wright Bicycle shop. Haas has been presenting there since 2007. Photo by Lee Cagle.