December 11, 2019

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St Louis” Airplane

Charles Lindbergh's "Spirit of St Louis" airplane, hanging at the Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space Museum on the National Mall, Washington, D.C.

Highsmith, Carol M. “Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St Louis” airplane, hanging at the Smithsonian Institution’s Air and Space Museum on the National Mall, Washington, D.C.” Between 1980 and 2006. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington.

Part of the Smithsonian Institution’s mission is “Shaping the future by preserving our heritage . . .” Why do you think the Smithsonian chose to display this artifact? 

Find out more about Charles Lindbergh. Imagine you are your age in 1927, reading about his accomplishment. How do you feel? What dreams does this historic flight inspire in you?

What artifact from today might the Smithsonian choose to display in the future? Why do you think so?

What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know!

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