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ATCHISON, KAN. – On Saturday, July 21, 2018, Benedictine College will host a number of events for the annual Amelia Earhart Festival, including a book signing with Earhart authors, the Speakers Symposium, the Pioneering Achievement Award Luncheon and “Chasing Earhart: The Discussion Panel.” Information on these events, along with the concerts, carnival, museum tours, fireworks display and more can be found here.
The Discussion Panel event, created by Chris Williamson, founder of the Chasing Earhart Project, is new this year and will feature more than a dozen experts who will both celebrate the life of Amelia Earhart and discuss her disappearance, her impact and her legacy. The discussion will take place in O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium on the college’s Atchison, Kan., campus beginning at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but due to space limitations, tickets are required for entry. Tickets can be obtained on the Chasing Earhart website at https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com/.
“We are honored to be bringing an event to the public that is both historic and exciting with some of the most incredible guests that the Amelia Earhart Festival has ever seen,” Williamson said.
Panelists brought to Atchison by the Amelia Earhart Festival include:
“This panel will be a representation of the Chasing Earhart documentary and project guests that are featured in the largest scale Amelia Earhart project ever created,” said Williamson. “Each guest brings a unique and fascinating background to the panel; discussing how Amelia impacts them personally and professionally.”
Amelia Earhart set many flying records and championed the advancement of women in aviation. She became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and served as the first president of The Ninety-Nines: International Organization of Women Pilots. During a Purdue University-funded flight to circumnavigate the globe in July 1937, Earhart disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. Her plane wreckage was never found and she was officially declared lost at sea. Her disappearance remains one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the twentieth century.
Earhart was born in Atchison and the city features the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum in her childhood home. The city is also home to “Muriel,” a 1935 Lockheed Electra L-10-E, which was the same model plane Earhart flew on her final voyage and is the only remaining such aircraft. Each year, the festival awards the Pioneering Achievement Award and this year’s recipient is Jessica Cox, the only armless pilot in aviation history. She will speak during the Symposium, at the award luncheon, and on the Chasing Earhart panel.
Events at Benedictine College on Saturday, July 21, include: