2020 Lecture Series - "The Wright Brothers: The Power of Persistence"
6865 W Hickory Rd
Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Contact: Fred Colgren, Director of Education
Phone: (269) 953-9021
"The Wright Brothers: The Power of Persistence" by Cameron S. Brown, Former State Senator
After visiting Kitty Hawk and Dearborn’s Greenfield Village as a child, Cameron S. Brown became fascinated with the Wright Brothers genius and incredible determination. “More than their stellar success in achieving powered sustained flight in 1903, it was the brother’s curiosity and positive mental attitude that always impressed me,” says the former Michigan State Senator. “It has been a lifelong source of inspiration!” Brown’s presentation on the Wright Brothers is a survey of how two brothers, driven by the idea they could achieve flight, changed the world!
Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Northern Virginia, Cameron S. Brown is the sixth generation of his family to reside in southwest Michigan. Prior to serving in both the Michigan Senate and Michigan House of Representatives, Cameron was employed as Marketing Vice President for a southwest Michigan healthcare products manufacturer. He has an MPA from Western Michigan University, and a BA in History from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He also attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Among Cameron’s most formative educational experiences was living in West Africa as a child and later attending T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia the eventful year depicted in the Walt Disney movie, Remember the Titans. Cameron was vice president of the senior class.
Since being term-limited from the Michigan Senate in 2010, Cameron has established his own consulting business serving both private and public sectors. Cameron is a frequent keynote speaker on a range of topics drawn from the treasure trove of American history, most notably Abraham Lincoln. He has taught political science at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Michigan History at Glen Oaks Community College.
The former lawmaker is president of the Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Project, a Michigan non-profit corporation spearheading efforts to promote Kalamazoo’s unique Lincoln legacy. Cameron is married to Helen Lukan. The couple resides in Kalamazoo. Their retreat is the family farmhouse in St. Joseph County built by Cameron’s great-great grandparents.
The Gilmore Car Museum’s annual Winter Lecture Series is highly anticipated every year! Every Sunday afternoon at 3 pm January through April visitors can enjoy a different guest presenter speaking on a variety of intriguing topics. Admission to each lecture FREE for members, included in general admission and is just $5/person if you're only coming to take in the Lecture!