Hannibal Historical Society To Host ‘Amelia Earhart’

On April 23 at 7 p.m., the Hannibal Historical Society will host Eleanor Stearns from Geneva , who will portray Amelia Earhart, one of the ladies she represents in her “Women of Vision” series.

The program will take place at the Hannibal United Methodist Church, located on the corner of State Route 3 and West Street in the village of Hannibal.

Stearns has been to Atchison, Kansas, where Amelia was born and was able to view letters, clothing and artifacts belonging to Amelia and her family.

This research, along with the Amelia Earhart costume she will be wearing, has helped make her presentation come alive.

There is renewed interest in the Amelia Earhart story as Ric Gillespie and his team of researchers are planning to search again for remains of the airplane Amelia was piloting when she tried to fly around the world in 1937.

Stearns will tell incidents in Earhart’s life that led her to become interested in flying, will share her rather unusual view of marriage and present her strong feelings about the role of women in society.

Refreshments will follow.