WWI book discussion set for Jan. 16 “WWI Pilots & their Planes” will be the topic of a free talk by Glenn Blackaby, director of Minot’s Dakota Territory Air Museum at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12, at Prairie Village Museum, Rugby. “The airplane was in its infancy leading up to WWI,” Blackaby said, “and military and political leaders saw flying as an amusing pastime with little military value.” But on the battlefields of WWI, the airplane became an invaluable reconnaissance tool and gradually the airplane’s role was expanded leading to the development of fighters, bombers, seaplanes and more. “Pilots became knights of the air,” Blackaby said. “Fliers like Rickenbacker, Guynemer, Garros, Boelcke and Richthofen became household names and were exploited to boost civilian morale.” Blackaby put his lifelong interest in aviation to work as Dakota Territory Air Museum’s first full-time curator/director in 2007. Founded in 1986, the air museum tells the story of the area’s aviation history through displays of dozens of military and civilian aircraft from the early 1900s to the present. Blackaby’s presentation on the changing role of planes and pilots in WWI is one in a series of events being presented Prairie Village Museum, supported in part by a World War I and America grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and other organizations. Donuts and coffee will be served following the program by Friends of Prairie Village Museum. On Jan. 16 the museum will host its second WWI and America Community Book Discussion. Moderators Ron Montonye and Stephanie Steinke will lead a discussion of Christopher Clark’s “The Sleepwalkers: How Europe went to War in 1914.” The discussion will start at 7 p.m. in the museum’s Old Main Gallery. Refreshments will be served. Discussion participants are responsible for securing their own copies of the book, which is available in hardback, paperback, Kindle and audio book formats. Montonye is a Vietnam Era veteran and Steinke is curating “From Ploughboys to Doughboys: WWI in the Heart of America,” an exhibit scheduled to open at the museum in May 2018. For more information, visit the museum website at www.prairievillagemuseum.com or call 701-776-6414.