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Amelia Earhart, First Lady of the Air*
Presented by Dr. Ann Birney • Tuesday, March 14, 6:30PM
Amelia Earhart is best known as the first woman (and second person) to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was the most famous woman of her day. A daring pilot whose aviation firsts made her a media idol and a symbol of what women could accomplish in a man’s world. In this presentation, set on the eve of her attempt to fly around the globe, Earhart speaks candidly about her Kansas childhood, her love of flying and her ambivalence toward fame.
Dr. Ann Birney is an independent scholar of American Studies and a member of Ride into History, a historical performance troupe that has toured throughout the U.S. Her Chautauqua-style performances of Amelia Earhart are based on 20 years of extensive research and study. She holds a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Kansas and, like Earhart, is a native Kansan. 2017 marks the 80th anniversary of Earhart’s ill-fated final flight across the Pacific Ocean.

*This presenter is part of the Durham Museum’s Scholars in Residence Education Series sponsored by the Lincoln Financial Foundation, Sunny Durham Family Foundation, Carol Gendler and the A. Cydog Charitable Trust. Reservations are required and regular museum admission applies; free for members. Please call 402-444-5071 or email to reserve your spot.

What did Archie Bunker say? How entertainment shaped our national identity in the 1970s*
Presented by Shannon Perich • March 21, 5:30 Reception, 6:30 Lecture
This talk will explore intersections of subjects in The DOCUMERICA Photography Project and artifacts from the National Museum of American History to examine how art, sports and entertainment embody, propel, affirm and challenge individual and national identity. Shannon Thomas Perich is the Curator in the Photographic History Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. She is also the Project Director for a new floor dedicated to the history of American Culture opening in 2018. She has curated many exhibitions and authored several books including The Changing Face of Portrait Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital and The Kennedys, featuring Richard Avedon’s photographs of JFK’s family just before his inauguration. She is an occasional blogger for Her collecting focus aspires to triangulate photography with an exploration of individual stories and lives, and a larger national narrative.

*Reservations are required and regular museum admission applies; free for members. Please call 402-444-5071 or email to reserve your spot.