Amelia Earhart to appear at SCCC/ATS library
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Posted by: Andrea Yoxall
The search for Amelia
Earhart can finally be called off!
The famed aviator will be talking about her thrilling flights at 12
noon, Monday, Feb. 7 at the Seward County Community College/Area Technical
School Library and at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7 at the Liberal Memorial Library.
Birney of Ride into History will take the audience back to 1937, just before
Earhart’s disappearance over the Pacific Ocean.
the performance at the college, Ann Birney will give a workshop on historical
performances and how to choose a historic figure to research, interpret and
Each performance is
free and open to the public.
twice set out to fly around the world at the equator before she
disappeared. The first time,
heading west from California, she wrecked her twin-engine Lockheed Electra
taking off from Hawaii. Birney, as
Earhart, will take the audience to April 14, 1937. Earhart is waiting for her airplane, her silver "flying
laboratory” to be repaired so that she can try again. This time, she tells the audience, she will go east instead
of west, hoping to reverse her luck with the reversal in direction.
came into the public eye when she became the first woman to cross the Atlantic
Ocean by air in 1928. Among her other
records, she became the first woman and second person to solo across the
Atlantic, the first person to solo over the Pacific, the first person to fly
from Hawaii to California, and the fastest woman to fly non-stop across the
is a member of Ride into History, an historical performance touring troupe that
has performed throughout the U.S. Birney’s interpretation of Amelia
Earhart is based on extensive research.
She holds a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Kansas
and, like Earhart, is a native Kansan.
Birney has been doing her Chautauqua-style performances of Amelia
Earhart since 1995. In March of
2000 she became the first person to do an historical performance for the
Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, where she was described as "what
living history should be—accurate, natural, evocative, and accessible.”
Ride into History interprets
several characters, two of which, Amelia Earhart and Calamity Jane, are
integral to the myth of American individualism.