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What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart?

Written on: February 24th, 2012 in Blog PostsEvents at the ArchivesPhotographsResearch Room

On Saturday, March 3, 10:30 a.m., Richard E. Gillespie, Executive Director of TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery), based in Wilmington, Delaware, will be presenting a program at the Delaware Public Archives entitled “What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart?”  2012 marks the 75th anniversary of her disappearance. In 1937, Amelia Earhart set out to be the first person to circle the globe by air in the area close to the equator. On July 2, Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan failed to arrive as planned on Howland Island in the Central Pacific.  Since that time, their disappearance has become one of the most baffling mysteries of the 20th century.   At the time of her disappearance, Amelia Earhart was arguably the most famous woman of her generation and is, even today, certainly the most well-known woman aviator of all time.  It is known that Amelia Earhart made at least one stop in Delaware, in March 1929, to consider purchasing a plane from the Bellanca Company based near the town of New Castle.

This program will reveal the findings this non-profit group has uncovered since it inaugurated the Earhart Project in 1988. The group is dedicated to investigating the Earhart/Noonan disappearance according to accepted academic standards and sound scientific methodology.

The presenter, Richard E. Gillespie, founded The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery in 1985 and has served as the Executive Director of TIGHAR since its inception.  A former accident investigator and risk manager for the aviation insurance industry, Gillespie is the author of the book, Finding Amelia – The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance.

The program is free to the public.  No reservations are required.  For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail 

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The African-American Educational Journey In Delaware

Written on: February 2nd, 2012 in Blog PostsResearch Room

Townsend School May 1951

Today Governor Markell was here at the archives to commemorate Black History Month by reading the official proclamation.  This year was particularly special as Orlando Camp was here to talk about his new book The Milford Eleven.  The Archives unveiled its newest display about African-American education in Delaware.  Included in the exhibit are facsimiles of historic legislation, educational directories, school insurance evaluations, information on the Delaware schools that were involved with the Brown Vs. the Board of Education court case, information on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s only visit to Delaware, and lots of photographs.

Why not come and see the exhibit and then stop by the Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Room to see what other information we have.

To put a hold on a copy of Orlando’s new book, visit the Delaware library catalog or your local library.

To learn more about African American history in Delaware you can download 3 free eBooks.

To see more photographs, visit the album on our Facebook page.

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