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Larry Tise
Wright Brothers Historian

Larry E. Tise

Wilbur and Orville Wright Distinguished Professor of History
Brewster 312-A
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Voice: 252-328-1026
FAX: 252-328-6774

Community Outreach Interests

My interests lie in the area of advising and assisting academic and community organizations on matter relating to the Wright brothers and the origins of manned flight. I have researched all aspects of Wright Brothers history and the impact of the Wright brothers on North Carolina as a tourist destination. I am also an expert on the history of the Lost Colony phenomena—especially efforts to convert the history of the Raleigh colonies into a tourist attraction. Prior to beginning my association with East Carolina University, I was Director of the North Carolina Division of Archives and History, Raleigh, NC. I also served as the Consulting Historian for the North Carolina First Flight Centennial Commission, the official body that planned the 2003 commemoration of the Wright brothers' historic first powered flight on December 17, 1903. I completed four summer faculty fellowships at NASA Langley Research Center, which I have also advised regarding the Wright brothers and the origins of manned flight. In my current role as Wilbur and Orville Wright Distinguished Professor of History at ECU, I assist the university and the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences in organizing their participation in activities surrounding the centennial of the Brothers National Memorial between 1928 and 1932. In addition, I advise on activities relating to the quadracentennial of benchmarks in the lives of Walter Raleigh and his American colonization partners Thomas Harriot and John White.

Research Interesets

My main research interests focus on the lives of the Wright brothers. I am developing for eventual publication a complete edition of all those hundreds of documents written by the Wright brothers, their family, friends, colleagues, and rivals which have never before been published. Many of these documents are in the process of being edited for inclusion on the ECU Wright brothers' websites developed and managed by Joyner Library and separately under the auspices of Thomas Harriot College at www.WorldAloft.org. This site is also being developed to contain hundreds of previously unpublished letters and documents relating to the process whereby Wilbur and Orville Wright pursued a world marketplace for their invention—and their highly publicized historic flights at Le Mans and Pau in France, Rome, and Berlin. In addition to this website, I have also collected hundreds of additional photographs and documents concerning the flights of Wilbur Wright in France in 1908 and 1909 and at Rome in the spring of 1909. I am additionally working with the Roanoke Island Historical Association—producer of the renowned outdoor symphonic drama "the Lost Colony"—to explore new topics on the life and career of Sir Walter Raleigh and on the history of the outdoor drama.

Notable Publications

  • Tise, L. E. (2005). Hidden images: Discovering details in the Wright Brothers' Kitty Hawk photographs 1900–1911. Charleston, SC: History Press.
  • Tise, L. E. (2000). Benjamin Franklin and Women. State College, PA: Penn State University Press.
  • Tise, L. E. (1998). The American counter revolution: A retreat from liberty, 1783–1800. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books.
  • Tise, L. E. (1987). Proslavery: A history of the defense of slavery in America, 1701–1840. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.


  • HIST 5005: Special Topics in American History
  • HIST 6025: The Early National Period of American History
  • HIST 6030: The Middle Period of American History

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