There's plenty to learn from the story of the Wright brothers, a message offered Tuesday by renowned historian David McCullough when he spoke at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.

McCullough was there as part of a lecture series hosted by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, a mentorship and policy center at the University of Florida. The center, named for the former U.S. senator, was celebrating its 10th anniversary and invited McCullough to talk history and the importance of good citizenship.

Those lessons are found in the legacies of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the brothers from Ohio who invented the airplane, McCullough said.

"They were very good citizens," McCullough said in an interview. "They were truthful. They were honest. They didn't give up when they experienced failure." READ MORE