To celebrate the acquisition of the Sally K. Ride Collection of personal possessions and papers, the National Air and Space Museum presents a program focused on how we seek to preserve the meaning of a person’s life and legacy, particularly that of a woman who is considered an iconic national hero. Tam O’Shaughnessy, Sally Ride’s partner in life and author of a new Ride biography, generously offered historians Valerie Neal and Margaret Weitekamp and archivist Patti Williams access to the papers and possessions of the first American woman in space. What stories, objects, and documents trace the full arc of Sally Ride’s life and represent key moments of achievement? Join this group as they discuss the selected objects and papers that signify Sally Ride the public figure and private person, and how Sally Ride’s story intersects with social and cultural themes of her era.
Ask an Expert lectures are informal gallery talks presented every week at the National Mall Building in Washington, DC and every other week at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. Staff discuss aviation and space topics typically centered around collections on display in the Museum.