Learn about Octive Chanute, a pioneer of aviation who experimented with gliders in the dunes and contributed to the Wright brothers’ success.
Upon retirement retired from his engineering business in 1889, Chanute had the opportunity for more personal study and experiment in aeronautics.
In 1896 at Dune Park, Indiana, about 60 miles from his home in Chicago, he began experiments with gliders, three of which were of his own design and two designed by others. Chanute’s advanced age prevented him from piloting them himself but his scientific observations of the glides by his assistants, and his generous sharing of the results broadened interest and advanced the art.
Not satisfied just to record the achievements of others, Chanute began in 1896 to search for automatic flight control by designing and building a series of gliders which an assistant successfully flew along Lake Michigan’s shore. In 1901 he visited the Wright Brothers and encouraged them in their gliding experiments, typifying his role as a collector and disseminator of aeronautical information and demonstrating his faith in the ultimate success of man to achieve powered flight.
Kudos go to Octave Chanute, for his outstanding contributions to aviation through his compilation of the aeronautical accomplishments of the pioneers of flight, his demonstration of successful man-carrying gliders, and his valuable counsel to others engaged in flight research, this award is most solemnly and respectfully dedicated.
Event Held on Sunday, August 22nd from Noon – 3pm, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Visitor Center, 1215 N. State Road 49, Chesterton. Facemasks may be required. Call 219-395-1882 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/indu
Related Articles . . .
Indiana Dunes “3 Dune Challenge”
Visitors from all over the world have embarked on the adventure at the Indiana Dunes Stae Park called the “3 Dune Challenge.” It’s one of the most memorable activities that vacationers remember about their visit to Northwest Indiana. The “challenge” is an epic climb up the three tallest sand dunes at Indiana Dunes State Park. It’s 1.5 miles of tough trail with 552 vertical feet that’s 100 percent brag-worthy.
Continue Reading. . .
Every year, the Indiana Landmarks conducts a tour of the Century of Progress homes, and it is ALWAYS SOLD OUT! However, there’s a talk on Friday Night. The 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago—called the Century of Progress—offered millions of people in the depths of the Great Depression a hopeful… Continue Reading →
Visit the Chesterton Art Center
The Chesterton Art Center has been an active part of the community for many decades and is the host of the 61st Annual Chesterton Art Fair taking place the frist weekend in August at Dogwood Park. The Art Center so sponsors the Annual Art After Dark Gala. Each week, the Chesterton Art Center hosts an average of (8) children’s classes for kids ages 3-16, as well as adult classes in a variety of topic Continue Reading . . .
Visit Mount Baldy
A local quiet but majestic attraction is Mount Baldy, just off U.S. 12, named for the lack of plant life on its dunes. For you history buffs, just east of Mount Baldy is the former site of the famed Hoosier Slide, the once 194-foot sand dune and tourist attraction whose sand was used for the making of glass and steel by local industries Continue Reading . . .
Visit the European Market
Join the Chamber for the continuation of the European Market, Northwest Indiana’s premier outdoor artisan and farmers’ market every Saturday from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm on Third Street and Broadway in historic downtown Chesterton Continue Reading . . .
Native Plant Sale
Mark your calendars for the Friends of Indiana Dunes Annual Plant Sale held every year on a Saturday in the middle of April from 8am till 1pm. The Native Plant Sale will again be held at the Indiana Dunes Tourism Visitor Center Continue Reading . .
Maple Sugar Time
Native Americans discovered maple sap. Since it has the consistency of water, it is believed that they mistook it for water seeping from the maple tree and cooked with it, leading to the realization of its sweetness. They used fire, wood, clay pots and rocks. The rocks were heated in the fire and then used to st Continue Reading . . .
Celebrate autumn with an Apples Festival at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Chellberg Farm on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22nd 2019 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Fun is the theme of the weekend interleaved with the celebration of the all American Apple. Continue Reading . . .
Spend the weekend outdoors at the Indiana Dunes Outdoor Adventure Festival, which will take place the first weekend in October throughout the Indiana Dunes Region. Packed with outdoor adventure opportunities, the festival will brin Continue Reading . . .