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Aviation Day 2020 Canceled at Indiana Dunes National Park


CHESTERTON- The National Park Service is canceling the annual Aviation Day Program this year at Indiana Dunes National Park, due to the difficulty in social distancing.

The program, offered the last two years at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center in August, celebrates Octave Chanute’s pioneering glider flights in the dunes during the late 1890’s. His work played a major role in the development of the airplane by the Wright Brothers.  
In a statement the National Park Service says it hopes it can bring back the popular program in the summer of 2021.

One of the highlights of this year’s program was to be the showing of the new documentary, “Octave Chanute: Patron Saint of Flight” by local filmmaker Paul Nelson, who also worked at Lakeshore PBS.

The film will be shown locally on public broadcasting stations. Lakeshore PBS will air it on Sunday, July 5th at 8:00 pm and WNIT (South Bend) will show it on July 30th at 8:00 pm EDT. Other showings are planned; check your local listings for future opportunities to learn about this important part of our Indiana dunes history.



Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio. She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009. Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004. In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND. She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.