The ever-intriguing life of Amelia Earhart once again made headlines in November 2016, as a USA Today article reported that researchers had uncovered new evidence supporting the theory that Earhart did not perish in a plane crash, but, rather, as a castaway on a remote island. Since her disappearance in 1937, historians have continued to study the life of this pioneering woman of aviation.
As a tribute to Earhart, Bossard Library is pleased to welcome Smithsonian scholar and award-winning actress Mary Ann Jung to the library on Sunday, June 25 at 2 p.m. for Jung’s living history portrayal, “Amelia Earhart: Dreams Take Flight.” Jung has appeared on CNN, the Today Show, Good Morning America, and in newspapers around the world as famous women from history. Ms. Jung performs as Amelia Earhart for the National Air and Space Museum.
“Amelia Earhart, born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897, was much more than just a courageous aviatrix,” Jung says of Earhart on her website. She was also a photographer, truck driver, avid student and teacher, volunteer nurse, social worker, and even a clothes designer! Whatever she did, she did with passion, commitment and a relaxed sense of humor that endeared her to the American public.”
During this fascinating program, attendees will be encouraged to follow Earhart’s amazing career in this energetic recounting of her life and achievements, and to learn of the fascinating personalities who were part of her journey, including Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Attendees will also discover what the dangers were in the fledgling field of early twentieth century flying and re-live the last days before her dramatic disappearance. This show is a soaring tribute to the spirited heroine of both aviation and women’s rights.
In addition to this living history performance, the Library will feature a traveling exhibition, “Flight to Fame,” from the International Women’s Air and Space Museum in Cleveland. This exhibit features photographs and reproduced documents related to Amelia Earhart. This exhibit will be available for viewing before the performance on Sunday, June 25 from 1 PM to 2 PM and after the performance from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For those who wish to read more on the life of Amelia Earhart, Bossard Library offers these selected titles, among others:
Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved
East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart
The Earhart Disappearance: the British Connection…
Heroes for My Daughter
Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of It
Women of the Wind: Early Women Aviators
Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic
Community members of all ages are sure to benefit from this entertaining and educational program on the life of Amelia Earhart. This event is free and open to the public.
Debbie Saunders is the Library Director for the Dr. Samuel L. Bossard Memorial Library.