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All about Amelia

Imlay City Historical Society hosts presentation on famed pilot

Amelia Earhart dresses for the occasion to pose in front of aircraft.

April 08, 2015
IMLAY CITY — Local history buffs will not want to miss the Imlay City Historical Society's Friday, April 10 presentation of "When Amelia Came to Michigan."

The hour-long lecture and presentation documenting the life and accomplishments of Amelia Earhart, starts at 6:30 p.m. at Somewhere in Time Photography, located inside Hotel McKinley at 150 E. Third St. downtown.

The educational program will be presented by Al Eicher of Program Source International and is made possible through the generosity of Frontier Communications.

According to research, Earhart visited Michigan 25 times, while promoting the aviation industry and opportunities for women in the field.

The program follows Earhart's exploits over a 10-year period, beginning with her childhood at the turn of the century, her family life and education, early flying experiences, world records and her eight years of adventures in Michigan.

The lecture will include photographs, old film footage, Michigan-based newspaper articles and music from the 1920s and 1930s.

Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, for which she received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross.

She also wrote best-selling books about her experiences as an aviator and was integral to the creation of The Ninety Nines, an organization reserved for female pilots.

Earhart was born July 24, 1897, and disappeared on July 2, 1937.

Michigan connection

Earhart's first visit to Michigan was in 1928, after her first flight across the Atlantic. She was in the state to promote TAC Airline passenger and airmail services.

While in Michigan, she set three women's air speed records at the National Air Races on Grosse Isle, and was a test pilot for various airlines.

She sold the first Autogiro to the Detroit News and WWJ Radio, and in September of 1931, she crash landed at the Michigan State Fairgrounds.

Because of her fame, Earhart was called on to christen new model cars for the Hudson Motor Company and cut the ribbon at the opening of the Continental Airport.

During those years, she was in great demand to speak to Rotary clubs, at townhall meetings, schools, colleges, chambers of commerce and women's groups.

Space is limited for the April 10 event in Imlay City and reservations are required.

To reserve your spot, call 810-724-1111 or 810-7241904.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.
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