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The Spartanburg County Historical Association and Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport will celebrate the 95th Anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's visit to Spartanburg

August 03, 2022 | Press Releases

Spartanburg, SC August 3, 2022. Please join the Spartanburg County Historical Association and the Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport in recreating Charles Lindbergh's visit and testimonial dinner in our city 95 years ago. The event will be held at 6:30 pm on Saturday, August 13 at Converse University's Gee Dining Hall, the exact location of the original dinner as it was in 1927 with the same program, dinner menu, and 1920's black tie attire. We ask that you join us in 1920's black tie attire. The keynote speaker is Erik Lindbergh, the grandson of Charles Lindbergh.

Ticket sales are open until Monday August 8 at 9:00 am. No tickets will be available at the door.

Tickets are priced at $125 and are available for purchase online through the Converse University ticket office:

On May 20, 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh left Long Island, NY, and flew solo in a plane across the Atlantic called The Spirit of St. Louis. He would not touch the ground again until he landed in Paris. Overnight, he became one of the most famous Americans in the world! Upon Charles A. Lindbergh's return, Daniel Guggenheim sponsored Lindbergh on a three-month nationwide tour. Flying the "Spirit of St. Louis," he touched down in 48 states, visited 92 cities, gave 147 speeches, and rode 1,290 miles in parades. The purpose of his visits was to educate and promote the future of aviation. On October 12, 1927, Charles Lindbergh landed in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Ninety-Five years ago, Spartanburg had the only airport in the entire state!

As our predecessors looked to the future, we would like to invite you to help us celebrate this event and recognize the last 95 years of progress in Spartanburg as we look to the future of our community.

About the SCHA

The Spartanburg County Historical Association is a private, not-for-profit organization. As part of its mission, the Spartanburg County Historical Association manages the Spartanburg Regional History Museum in addition to three historic sites: Walnut Grove Plantation, the Historic Price House, and the Seay House. Each property recounts a unique portion of Spartanburg County history and offers tours, events, and educational programming throughout the year.

The Spartanburg County Historical Association formed thanks to a small group of historically-minded Spartanburg County citizens in September 1957. The founders of the organization stated its purpose to be: To promote interest in the history of the county; to bring about a closer relationship among persons in the county who are interested in its history; and to encourage the preservation of historical sites, materials, and records of the area. While the Historical Association has since developed a mission statement that reflects its current programs and goals for the 21st century, this original purpose lies at the heart of our mission and who we are.

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