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Amelia Earhart Survived?! 

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Kansas City Star published an article about a photo that has surfaced from the National Archive that could possibly be of  Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. This could be huge! If there is photo from after they “crashed” in the Pacific Ocean who knows how much more information they could have. Or maybe it could just be one of those things the archive did not what they had until now. 

It is not very often a person from a small town in the Midwest (by New York standards) could be such an iconic figure in history. Even if it is 80 years later. Amelia Earhart in my opinion is a great role model for young women and people everywhere. She helped break gender bearers for flying as well as every industry.  Flying solo back then was a major milestone given the technology they had back then.  Planes were not loaded with the best technology. Look at planes today, planes still disappear today and many, if not all planes are connected to GPS or other satellite equipment.    

There are two leading theories about what happened to Amelia and Fred’s plane.  The more main stream theory is that the plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean and it is a matter of time before their plane is found on the bottom of the ocean with them inside or around the plane. The second leading theory is that they crash landed on some islands and were taken hostage by the Japanese in the years leading up to World War 2.  And that is  where the History Channel documentary and the new photo creates all this excitement. The possibility that they both survived even for a short time could rewrite history books.  

 The History Channel has a documentary airing Sunday July 9, 2017 at 8 pm central time. The History Channel also posted a bunch of publicity for the show.  If you are interested in the mystery tune in! If you are new to the mystery or to Amelia. Tune In! Biography.com posted a short documentary about Amelia Earhart.  There is so much information that could be written about her it would be quicker to watch the video than try to cram a bunch of biographies about her into one blog post. Biography.com

A good place for more information about Amelia visit her museum: Amelia Earhart Museum.  It is located in Atchison, Ks. It’s a fun museum. I have not been there since I was about 7-8 years old but it’s worth the trip. 

Brad Meltzer wrote a kids book about Amelia Earhart. I have not read it yet but plan on getting this for my daughter when she is old enough to enjoy story time. I think these are good books to help kids realize it does. It does not matter if you are male, female, black, white, Asian, etc…… to do great things.


John F. Kennedy Assasination Museum

Civil War Veterans

Old Photo Archive posted photos of some civil war veterans. Some of the photos were early 20th century and black and white. 

Revolutionary War Museum

Smithsonian Magazine wrote an article about a new museum opening in Philadelphia next year.  From what I read, it will have lots of artifacts.  I think, the revolutionary war gets passed over a lot.  There seems to be more focus on the civil war, which is great that there is tons of interest in American history but there would not be a civil war if we did not win the revolutionary war first.  Now there have been more shows on tv about the revolutionary war, but let’s face it there may be historians helping doing research on the shows but none of the shows are 100% accurate.  But they are still fun to watch none the less. I may have to take a trip out there to see the museum when it is completed.  Maybe this will help spark interest in the subject and help introduce a new generation into the topic and to history.  Sounds like it will be really cool.

Hoover Dams’ Damn Tour!

My wife and I stopped at the Hoover Dam on our way from the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas.  My wife had never been there so we thought it might be fun. We did not see Chevy Chase climbing the damn this time around.  Probably with the added security.  The first time I was there I was I think a sophomore or junior in high school and security was pretty lax back then.  That was of course before 9/11 and before terrorizim was major credible threat. 

Built during the Depression; thousands of men and their families came to Black Canyon to tame the Colorado River. It took less than five years, in a harsh and barren land, to build the largest dam of its time. The Hoover Dam still stands as a world-renowned structure. The Dam is a National Historic Landmark and has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders. (Hoover Damn Website) The making of the dam put many people to work during the depression.  People came from all over to work dangerous jobs to support their families.  In fact many people brought there families here to live during the construction.  The workers of the damn made their own tent city about 6 miles away to be close to the damn.  The dam it self is an engineering marvel for its time considering the technology at hand.  It’s amazing that it is still working today.  To think that in a matter of 15 -18 years it will be 100 years old.  I have seen different sources say different things about the number of people that died while making the damn.


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