Historically speaking


submitted by Donna Ross, MDHS

The Merrickville and District Historical Society kicks off the 2023 monthly lecture series on Tuesday, February 28  , 7 pm at the Merrickville Legion with an intriguing story about Amelia Earhart, the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.  

Mike Venables will speak about this in his presentation: “Amelia Earhart – The Woman and The Mystery”.  

Amelia Earhart

As a woman, Amelia Earhart was a trend-setter in society at a time when ambition was seen as “un-ladylike”.  As a pilot, she was a trailblazer and achieved many firsts. For these traits alone, her memory would live on but the mystery surrounding her disappearance ensures that she will remain an historic figure for generations to come. The presentation will highlight Earhart’s contributions to history as a woman and an aviatrix and spend some time examining the various theories of what happened to her and her navigator on that fateful flight in July 1937 over the Pacific.

Mike Venables is an aerospace design engineer and a pilot who has long been fascinated by mysteries of the air. He is now living in Merrickville.

If you are an aviation enthusiast, enjoy a mystery or appreciate history, please join us for an evening of facts and intrigue. All are welcome.


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