December 4, 2017

“Katherine Wright's Role / Partnership with Will and Orv” 

     presented by Betty Darst, Beavercreek Historian and Librarian

Katherine Wright Haskell was the sister of Orville and Wilbur Wright. When she was just nine years old, the mother of these three children became ill with tuberculosis. The mother became an invalid when Katherine was just twelve years old, and she died when Katherine was just fifteen. Katherine was just three years younger than Orville and seven years younger than Wilbur. She had a strong role in the household -- and also in all the travel and adventures of her brothers. 

Betty Darst is a Beavercreek resident who brings to life those stories of the Wright family as she performs a one-woman show, acting as if she were Katherine Wright. Katherine was intelligent and poised. She charmed presidents and kings, providing the social interface foe her shy brothers. She also managed many of the brothers' business affairs and was their confidante and caregiver. Betty has make these performances since the year 2000 throughout the Dayton region, across the USA, as well as Australia, New Zealand, and even the Paris Air Show! 

As a librarian and historian, Betty has always sought out facts and family stories. She spent significant amounts of time with Horace (Bus) Wright, the nephew of Orville and Wilbur Wright. Come and enjoy her insights about the famous Wright Brothers! 

Morning coffee and social time begins at 9:00 am; the business meeting starts at 9:30; and the program follows directly. The meeting will be held at Peace Lutheran Church in the Fellowship Hall, 3530 Dayton-Xenia Road in Beavercreek. Visitors and guests are always welcome.

The Beavercreek Women’s League (BWL) meets on the first Wednesday of the month from September through May at Peace Lutheran Church with a different program each month.  The mission of the group is to expand members’ knowledge of their community and beyond, to promote community service and to provide socialization.  Women of all ages and interests are welcome.  Questions can be e-mailed to or you may leave a message at 937-985-4BWL (4295).

If Beavercreek City Schools are canceled due to inclement weather, the meeting is also canceled; however, school delays do not alter the planned meeting.