WEIRTON - West Virginia Northern Community College will hold a Lunch and Learn presentation featuring Amelia Earhart, portrayed by Patty Sue Cooper of the West Virginia Humanities Council, at 11:30 a.m. March 26 in Room 242 in observance of National Women's History Month.
The doors open at 11 a.m.
The public is invited to share a light lunch and participate in the History Alive! presentation.
HISTORY ALIVE! — Patty Sue Cooper will portray Amelia Earhart in separate performances at the Wheeling, Weirton and New Martinsville campuses of West Virginia Northern Community College to commemorate National Women’s History Month in March. -- Contributed
Amelia Mary Earhart was born July 24, 1897, and was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record.
She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. Earhart joined the faculty of the Purdue University aviation department in 1935 as a visiting faculty member to counsel women on careers and to help inspire others with her love for aviation. She also was a member of the National Woman's Party, and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.
During an attempt to make a circumnavigation flight of the globe in 1937 in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10 Electra, Earhart disappeared July 2 over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. Fascination with her life, career and disappearance continues to this day.
Those planning to attend must register, stipulating which campus performing they plan to attend, with Ida Williams, student activities program coordinator, at (304) 214-8917 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday.
The program was made possible by a grant through the Diversity for Equity program of the Higher Education Policy Commission and the Community and Technical College System in West Virginia.