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Because of Her Story - Live Streaming Event

Join Portage City Mayor, Patricia Randall, as she hosts a special Air Zoo evening with Dorothy Cochrane, Curator for the General Aviation Aeronautics Department for the National Air and Space Museum.

We are excited to host this immersive and enlightening, Smithsonian, virtual event. This event is part of a national initiative called Because of Her Story.  We hope you will join us, free of charge, as we dig into the exciting work of Dorothy Cochran, and learn more about her duties at the National Air and Space Museum, her life as a pilot, and how she uses HER story, to share the stories and achievements of female aviation pioneers throughout history. 

Event Information:

Smithsonian AWHI Series - A Conversation with Dorothy Cochrane, hosted by Mayor Patricia Randall
Thursday, March 11th, 2021 @ 8pm. 
This event is free to all and will live stream through the Air Zoo's Facebook & YouTube channels.
No registration required, just visit one of our pages (links provided) and enjoy! 

About Dorothy Cochrane

With a BA in history from Ithaca College and a Med from Lehigh University, Cochrane currently curates the collections of general aviation aircraft, flight materiel (specifically personal, business, and utility production aircraft), aerial cameras, and the history of general aviation and women in aviation for the National Air and Space Museum. She is the co-author of The Aviation Careers of Igor Sikorsky and is the responsible curator for the Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery, and the General Aviation, Business Aviation, Aerobatic Aviation, and Aerial Camera exhibit stations and cases.

Cochrane is also speaker coordinator for the Museum’s General Electric Aviation Lecture Series and Charles A. Lindbergh Memorial Lecture. She earned her private pilot license in 1994. Cochrane is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Experimental Aircraft Association. Cochrane is currently writing a book on Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

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About Patricia Randall

A true, Southwest Michigan native, Patricia graduated from Mattawan Consolidated School in 1981 and from WMU with a Bachelor of Administration, majoring in in Finance in 1984.  Shas a long track record of service in the communities in which she has lived. Patricia first ran for Portage City Council in 2009, as an advocate for change, following the win of a property tax case against the city.  It was this issue that propelled her to first run for office. Patricia Randall has served as Portage City May since 2017. She has fearlessly taken on many issues within City Hall to make it a better community for all to work, live and play. While she has volunteered on boards including, but not limited to, the Mattawan Board of Education, Kalamazoo County Environmental Health Advisory, Portage Community Center Cabinet, and Discover Kalamazoo she boasts her greatest achievement was raising her and Bob’s three sons, Richard, John and Alexander.

About the American Women’s History Initiative

In America’s most defining moments—times that shaped constitutional rights, yielded scientific breakthroughs, created the symbols of our nation—a diversity of women’s stories has not been widely told. To create a more equitable and just American society, the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative (AWHI) will create, educate, disseminate, and amplify the historical record of the accomplishments of American women. The Smithsonian wants the role of women in American history to be well-known, accurate, acknowledged, and empowering. 

With a digital-first mission and focus, the initiative uses technology to amplify a diversity of women’s voices—not in one gallery or museum, but throughout the Smithsonian’s many museums, research centers, cultural heritage affiliates, and wherever people are online—reaching millions of people in Washington, D.C., across the nation, and around the world.

We invite you to join us by exploring untold stories with our Women’s History Initiative. #BecauseOfHerStory


Discover Her Story

Smithsonian American Women

Women’s contributions to America are largely missing from the traditional American history narrative. Representation matters. Dig in, be inspired, and share what you discover using #BecauseOfHerStory.




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