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ST. Charles Public Library Presents Fascinating Women of History: Amelia Earhart

This story originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune

History comes alive at the St. Charles Public Library as historian and actress Leslie Goddard presents “Never Lost: Amelia Earhart Before the Legend” on Thursday, May 29 at 12:00 p.m. in the Huntley Meeting Room. American aviator Earhart’s courageous exploits and spirited personality made her an international celebrity in the early twentieth 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.

For more than ten 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 authored Remembering Marshall Fields and Chicago’s Sweet Candy History.

The event is cosponsored 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 The St. Charles Public Library is located at One South Sixth Avenue in St. Charles. For more information, visit or call 630-584-0076.

The Illinois Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. The IHC creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds.