Upcoming Events

Rocket Day 2021
June 16, 2021

Session I @ 10:30 a.m. ; Session II @ 1:00 p.m.

58 years ago on June 16, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space. As a way to celebrate, join us for the long-awaited return on Rocket Day at IWASM! The team at the museum and our dedicated volunteers have been hard at work creating a safe and engaging program. Learn about the physics behind rocket and jet propulsion!
Masks and social distancing will be required. Space will be limited. Participants will be provided with detailed information to prepare for this in-person, outdoor event.
Registration Information:
  • Early Bird (by June 9, 2021) - $2.00/person
  • Full Cost (June 9 - June 16) - $3.00/person

Defying the Odds: Exploring the Impact of Women and Aviation in the First Half of the 20th Century - VIRTUAL EXHIBIT OPENING

June 30, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (EDT) via Zoom
Join IWASM staff and Ohio History Service Corps members as we unveil the museum's newest virtual exhibit. Learn about the lives of women like Katherine Sui Fun Cheung, Bessie Coleman, Hazel Ying Lee, and Lotfia El Nadi, and others, the context in which they broke barriers, and hear about the future initiatives to showcase the history of women in air and space. While the guest curators touch on just a handful of women from across the globe, this is the first installment in IWASM's slate of new and appealing ways we are engaging our communities.

Registration is required and admission is by donation. When registering, donations of at little as $5 will go toward furthering the museum's mission, activities, and services. Donations are non-refundable. All registrants will receive an email with the Zoom link to join the program.

Past Events

History of Women in Aviation with Geauga Parks's Skywatcher's Club
April 5, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) via Zoom
During this program, join International Women's Air & Space Museum's Executive Director Sara Fisher as we explore the role of women in aviation and aerospace. Participants will learn about their accomplishments, obstacles, and their enduring legacy in all areas of aviation and aerospace. From the first woman to solo a balloon in the 18th century to Bessie Coleman's dream to establish a flight school to the women who briefly called the International Space Station home, this program provides a glimpse into lesser known histories.

The event is FREE and open to the public. Registration is required, and all participants will receive a link to join.

Behind the Collections Door: The Mercury 13
April 7, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. (EDT) via Zoom
Led by Collections Manager, Katherine Behnke, this program will provide a glimpse into the collections cared for at the International Women's Air & Space Museum. Learn about the women who underwent testing at the Lovelace facility, and who would make history as the first to undergo astronaut testing beginning in 1961. Now known as the "Mercury 13," engage with the history of these remarkable women through the lens of their personal records, flying trophies, and more. This program is in conjunction with the current exhibit on loan to the California Aeronautical University.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required and each participant will receive the access link prior to the event. For questions, email

Mercury Women: Forgotten Link to the Future
April 13, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (EDT) on Facebook Live
"Women can be Astronauts" headlines the extended remarks of West Virginian Representative Ken Hechler on Thursday, March 15, 1962, during the 87th U.S. Congressional Session. However, it took another 20 years before Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. In this program, learn about the remarkable women who became known as the Mercury 13. Attendees will understand how their efforts eventually aided NASA's acceptance of women in NASA's Astronaut Corps.
This event is in partnership with the Armstrong Air & Space Museum and will appear on both the IWASM and AASM social media.
The event is FREE and open to the public. This program will also be live streamed on Facebook.

Unladylike 2021: Bessie Coleman
April 22, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (EDT) on WebEx
IWASM is excited to join Lakeland Community College Women's Center for the final event in the Unladylike 2021 series exploring the lasting impact and experience of Bessie Coleman.
Each program includes a 10-minute PBS film from the Unladylike series, which profiles diverse and little-known trailblazing women from the turn of the 20th century, and pairs them with contemporary women who followed in their footsteps. The in-depth look at each woman’s life highlights many societal issues that are every bit as relevant today as they were in the early 20th century. The films are fast-paced, colorful, and full of interesting revelations.
Each film screening will be followed by a short discussion led by a special guest. These events are free and open to the public

Soaring Above: Cleveland Women in Aviation & Aerospace
March 25, 2021 @ 6:00 p.m. (EST) via Zoom
From the annual Cleveland Air Show to the role NASA's Glenn Research center in the study of space, Cleveland is home to rich aviation and aerospace history. In this virtual program in partnership with the Shaker Historical Society, the International Women's Air & Space Museum will highlight the impact and contributions of women from the greater Cleveland area from pilots to engineers to parachutists and more.
This event is in partnership with the Shaker Historical Society and will appear on both IWASM and SHS social media.
February 24, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. - Virtual Meet & Greet

Join Executive Director Sara Fisher for a free virtual meet and greet!
Hear about what's been happening at IWASM, our plans for 2021, and more. Learn about what is in store to celebrate IWASM's 45th Anniversary, the 60th Anniversary of the Mercury 13, and get a chance
to share your thoughts as the organization gets underway with
strategic planning.The event is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.







Jan. 21, 2021 - Kathryn Sullivan: Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut's Story of Invention (Online)
Come celebrate the paperback release of Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan's memoir, "Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut's Story of Invention" about her pioneering work as a NASA astronaut--and the first American woman to walk in space.

For this *virtual* book talk, Dr. Sullivan will be joined in conversation with Marcy Frumker, Board Member and Space Advisor of IWASM, along with Loganberry Books serving as the main host.

*Past Dinner Series Speakers
Sheila L. Chamberlain – First African-American Female Combat Intelligence Pilot for the U.S. Army
Gigi Coleman – Great-Niece of Aviatrix Bessie Coleman
Wally Funk – Member of Mercury 13
Ric Gillespie – Executive Director of TIGHAR, Amelia Earhart expeditions
Stephanie Caisse-Harris – Author of “A Corpsman’s Legacy”
Stephanie Johnson – Delta’s First African-American Female Pilot
Sarah B. Rickman – Author & Historian, WAFS and WASP
Shaesta Waiz – Afghan Refugee, Youngest Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe in a Single-Engine Plane
Gigi Coleman – Great-Niece of Aviatrix Bessie Coleman
Harry Haskell – Author, Grandson of Henry Haskell – Husband of Katharine Wright
Bill Meixner – Historian, MacRobertson Air Race 1934
Marianne Dyson – Author, NASA Flight Controller
Jennifer Bean Bower – Author, Viola Gentry
Bill Meixner – Historian, History of Airmail
Marsha J. Wright – Daughter of WASP Margaret Ringenberg
Bill Meixner – Historian, Bomber Plant
Wendy Hollinger – Publisher, Jerrie Mock’s “Three-Eight Charlie”
Casey Grant – One of Delta’s First African-American Flight Attendants
Lt. Col. Becky Ohm – Ohio’s First Female Fighter Pilot
Bill Meixner – Historian, 1929 Air Race/Amelia Earhart
Julie Cummins – Author, “Flying Solo: How Ruth Elder Soared into America's Heart"
Dan Zaleski – Historian, Blanche Noyes
Bill Meixner – Historian, Cleveland & Aviation
Bill Meixner – Historian, History of Cleveland Municipal Airport
Marcy Frumker – History of Female Astronauts and Cosmonauts
Richard DuRose – Author, “Shooting Star: The First Attempt By A Woman To Reach Hawaii By Air”
M.G. Crisci – Author, “Call Sign, White Lily”
Doug Kusak – Cleveland Metroparks, Great Lakes Exposition 1936-37
Mary Feik – First Female Presented the Master Mechanic Award, Pat Hange (2nd)
Jean-Vi Lenthe – Author, “Flying Into Yesterday: My Search for the Curtiss-Wright Aeronautical Engineering Cadettes”