The Wright Way: Remembering Wright Aeronautical and Curtiss-Wright in Paterson, 1920-1946. A Centennial Exhibit.

On Exhibition October 1, 2021- December 31, 2021

Originally planned for 2020, this exhibit is a collaboration between the Paterson Museum and the Passaic County Historical Society to commemorate the centennial of Wright Aeronautical, later Curtiss-Wright, opening its first plant in Paterson, in 1920. The company would remain a major employer throughout the Greater Paterson area for over two decades, opening a series of plants on both sides of the Passaic River. Once described as “the largest airplane engine factory in the United States,” the Paterson plant employed over 2,400.

The exhibition features photographs from both the Paterson Museum and the Passaic County Historical Society’s collections. Many of these images were digitized, courtesy of the Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation. All from the company’s extensive photograph archive, the images in this exhibit will provide a unique look into life at Wright’s.

To view the exhibition panels

Curtis-Wright Part 1

Curtis-Wright Part 2

Curtis-Wright Part 3