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Why Amelia Earhart still fascinates us

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  • Historian and actress Leslie Goddard will present "Never Lost: Amelia Earhart Before the Legend" at the St. Charles Public Library.

      Historian and actress Leslie Goddard will present "Never Lost: Amelia Earhart Before the Legend" at the St. Charles Public Library.
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Submitted by St. Charles Public Library

History comes alive at the St. Charles Public Library as historian and actress Leslie Goddard presents "Never Lost: Amelia Earhart Before the Legend" at noon Thursday, May 29, in the library's Huntley Meeting Room, 1 S. Sixth Ave.

The American aviator's courageous exploits and spirited personality made her an international celebrity in the early 20th century. Presented in first-person, Goddard recounts Earhart's life; the many records she broke; her unconventional views on marriage; and her ability for succeeding in a man's world without losing the adoration of the public.

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For more than 10 years, Goddard has been presenting history lectures and performing first-person programs in the Chicago area. Trained as a historian, she earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and writes and lectures on U.S. cultural history. An award-winning scholar, Goddard wrote "Remembering Marshall Field's" and "Chicago's Sweet Candy History."

The event is co-sponsored by the St. Charles Public Library and the St. Charles Heritage Center; and produced in part by the Illinois Humanities Council's Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, a program that provides organizations statewide with affordable, entertaining, and thought-provoking humanities events for their communities. A roster of speakers, hailing from 16 different towns and cities across Illinois, present topics in history, culture, literature, music, politics, law, science, and many more.

Registration is required. Sign up at the Reference Desk, by calling (630) 584-0076, ext. 1 or online at www.stcharleslibrary.org.

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