Kansas! Put Amelia Earhart in Statuary Hall!

News Update: see our press release of August 23, 2010.

Amelia EarhartIt’s time for Amelia Earhart to take her place among the heroes in National Statuary Hall.

In 1999 Kansas passed a resolution to replace its statue of George W. Glick with one of Dwight D. Eisenhower, and to send a statue of Amelia Earhart to replace the one of John James Ingalls.

The first part of that resolution became a reality in 2003, when a new bronze figure of Eisenhower was installed in the Capitol. The Amelia Earhart statue, however, still awaits funding. The original resolution left it up to the City of Atchison (Earhart’s hometown) and the Atchison Chamber of Commerce to secure the necessary funds.

That’s where EVE comes in.

We’ve arranged with the officials in Atchison and the Kansas Governor’s office to coordinate the fundraising and logistics needed to finally bring Amelia Earhart to the Capitol. We’ll be holding an open competition for the statue’s design, and looking to supporters in Kansas and across the nation to help fund this important project.

Amelia Earhart is a hero for the ages, and she belongs in Statuary Hall. With your help, we can make this dream a reality.

What you can do:

Amelia Earhart Records and Achievements

Amelia Earhart racked up an impressive number of records and achievements in her short life:

  • Women's world altitude record: 14,000 ft (1922)
  • First woman to fly the Atlantic (1928)
  • Speed records for 100 km (and with 500 lb (230 kg) cargo) (1931)
  • First woman to fly an autogyro (1931)
  • Altitude record for autogyros: 15,000 ft (1931)
  • First person to cross the U.S. in an autogyro (1932)
  • First woman to fly the Atlantic solo (1932)
  • First person to fly the Atlantic twice (1932)
  • First woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross (1932)
  • First woman to fly non-stop, coast-to-coast across the U.S. (1933)
  • Women's speed transcontinental record (1933)
  • First person to fly solo between Honolulu, Hawaii and Oakland, California (1935)
  • First person to fly solo from Los Angeles, California to Mexico City, Mexico (1935)
  • First person to fly solo nonstop from Mexico City, Mexico to Newark, New Jersey (1935)
  • Speed record for east-to-west flight from Oakland, California to Honolulu, Hawaii (1937)

Video and Audio of Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart describes her solo flight across the Atlantic:

Amelia talks about her love of flying in this short newsreel:

Audio Recordings:

The Amelia Files

Video: Amelia Earhart discusses her career in aviation

May 28, 2010 by EVE   · Comments Off

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