Harriet Quimby was most probably
born in Arcadia Township, Michigan
on May 11, 1875. Her
parents came to the area to homestead in
1867 on 160 acres located about three miles southeast of present day Arcadia.
Harriet went to school in the
Arcadia School District
School No. 1, the Gabel School. Sometime between 1887 and 1890 when
Harriet was about 12-15 years old, her family left the area. This Arcadia native would eventually
find fame as a
This Arcadia Area Historical Museum exhibit summarizes
accomplishments and her family's history in the area. The exhibit was enhanced
in 2012 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of her flight across the English
Animated View: The Quimby Room
Walk into the room, and look around you.
This is what you would see.
The first poster summarizes Harriet Quimby's accomplishments. The rest
of the posters on the first wall are articles from newspapers and
magazines of the day describing her accomplishments. The display case at
the back of the room includes artifacts and other Quimby memorabilia.
The posters on the right wall cover her induction into the Aviation Hall
of Fame, the Department of Transportation's tribute, and her family's
ties to the Arcadia area. A small display case has a model of a Bleriot
XI, the plane she flew. The last wall has a series of posters showing
how her commemorative stamp was produced.
(13 images, 1-5 second delay)
The Making of the Quimby Stamp
This display shows the process involved in
designing and producing a stamp, in this case, the Harriet Quimby
commemorative stamp, which was released in
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