Letter of Demand to Dissolve the Contractual Agreement Between the Wright Heirsand the Smithsonian
Requiring That Orville Wright Be Recognized as First-To-Fly
In Order to Retain the Wright Aeroplane of 1903 As It Creates Bias and Stifles Inquiry,Interfering With the Mission, Values, and Strategic Plan of the Smithsonian and Its 200Affiliated Museums and Research FacilitiesMarch 25, 201310. WHEREAS the Smithsonian sets down values in its Strategic Plan that includeexcellence in [its] endeavors11.WHEREAS the Smithsonian sets down values in its Strategic Plan that includerespect for diversity and richness in differences12.WHEREAS the Smithsonian sets down values in its Strategic Plan that includestriving for organizational excellence13.WHEREAS the Smithsonian sets down values in its Strategic Plan that includeservice to the public and stakeholders14. WHEREAS the Smithsonian sets down Priorities in its Strategic Plan that include broadening access15.WHEREAS the Smithsonian sets down Priorities in its Strategic Plan that includestrengthening collections
16.WHEREAS the Smithsonian sets down Priorities in its Strategic Plan that includeorganizational excellence17.WHEREAS Smithsonian has stated in its Strategic Plan that "A Smithsonian thatcan effectively respond to challenges and grasp opportunities will thrive in the21st century as a source of pride to Americans and a fount of knowledge andinspiration to the world.
18.WHEREAS the Smithsonian is governed by a Board of Regents with 17 membersthat include the Chief Justice of the United States and the Vice President of theUnited States; six Congressional members; and nine members of the general public
The members of the Board of Regents are:
The increase and diffusion of knowledge;
Shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering newknowledge, and sharing our resources with the world ;
Discovery: Explore and bring to light new knowledge and ideas,and better ways of doing business; Creativity: Instill our work with imagination and innovation;Excellence: Deliver the highest-quality products and services in all endeavors; Diversity: Capitalize on the richness inherent in differencesIntegrity: Carry out all our work with the greatest responsibility and accountabilityService: Be of benefit to the public and our stakeholders;
: Four Grand Challenges: Focus on the four grand challengesoutlined in the Smithsonian Strategic Plan; Broadening Access: Digitizing our collections, exploring next-generation technologies and
improving the visitor experience, Revitalizing Education: Serve as a laboratory to create models and methods of innovative informaleducation and link them to formal education system, Crossing Boundaries: Establish interdisciplinary consortia around each of thefour grand challenges, Strengthening Collections: Develop collections plan to support Institution-wide initiatives, OrganizationalExcellence: Strengthen organizational services that allow us to deliver on our mission, Measuring Performance: Establish performanceindicators that will specifically and annually measure progress toward our goals.