ValleyFirsts! exhibition opened on September 14, 2013 and runs to December 15, 2013. We hope you have some time to visit!
Check out our website for the exhibition:
Our Next Big Event:
Friday November 22, 2013, 6pm in the Library.
The Friends of the Madden Library invite everyone to a program on Friday, November 22, at6:00 p.m. The speakers will be Ben Shedd, director of the 1978 Academy Award winning documentary, The Flight of the Gossamer Condor, and Bryan Allen, who piloted the first human powered aircraft. The Gossamer Condor is featured in the Library’s ValleyFirsts! exhibition.
In 1959 Henry Kremer, a British industrialist, offered a prize of $77,000 to the first group to fly a human-powered aircraft. After seventeen years, the prize was claimed for a flight of the Gossamer Condor that took place near Shafter, in the Central Valley. The aircraft was designed by aerodynamicist Dr. Paul B. MacCready and Dr. Peter B. S. Lissamen of AeroVironment, Inc., and is on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
Ben Shedd, a USC graduate, is the fifth generation of his family from Stockton. Shedd shares a Peabody Award for the second season of the PBS science series Nova. Since 1985, he has directed and produced giant screen IMAX-type science films, including Seasons and Tropical Rainforest. Shedd appears on campus as an Academy Visiting Artist, funded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Bryan Allen, who comes from Tulare, was the cyclist and hang glider enthusiast who pedaled the Gossamer Condor to success on its 223rd flight, which lasted seven minutes and twenty-seven seconds. Later Allen piloted a second award-winning flight, powering the Gossamer Albatross across the English Channel in two hours and forty-nine minutes.
Please join us for an enlightening evening.
Friday, November 22, 2013
The Henry Madden Library
California State University, Fresno
6:00 – 6:45 p.m. Reception
6:45 - 7:30 p.m. Program
7:30 - 7:55 p.m. Film Showing
Reservations are required by November 19
RSVP at http://pawsforms.csufresno.edu/rsvp/reply (enter code FMLCONDOR).
For information or assistance, call Sharon at 559.278.5790 or email email@example.com.
Parking on campus is free for this event! Campus maps are available at www.csufresno.edu/ucomm/maps/
All Friends of the Madden Library meetings are accessible to the physically handicapped. A sign-language interpreter will be provided upon advance request. For more information call 559.278.5790.
The Friends of the Madden Library is a non-profit organization established to support, promote,and raise funds for the programs and collections at Fresno State’s library.