Meet Aviatrix Amelia Earhart as Portrayed by Eleanor Stearns
March 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Come and meet aviatrix Amelia Earhart as portrayed by Eleanor Stearns on Saturday, March 2 at 2:00pm at the Geneva History Museum, 543 S. Main Street, Geneva. The program is presented by the Antiques Club of the Finger Lakes and is free and open to the public.
Amelia Earhart is among several women portrayed by Eleanor Stearns as part of her “Women of Vision” performances for schools and groups hoping to bring history alive for their audiences. In her presentation, Stearns will describe incidents that led to Earhart’s interest in flying and discuss her flights. Recently it’s claimed that the airplane in her fatal last flight may have been located.
Stearns has thoroughly researched Earhart’s life. She visited her birthplace in Atchison, Kansas and was privileged to go through her grandparents’ home where she was born, and to view clothing, letters, and artifacts of Earhart and her family.
Stearns said, “As I walked the streets and spent time in the Otis home, I was able to understand some of the early influences in Amelia’s life, making all of my research come alive for me.” She also has seen Earhart’s Lockheed Vega airplane in which she made her solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932. It is now in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
Stearns is retired from the Geneva City Schools. She is an active member and past president of the Geneva Theatre Guild and has performed in many plays. Among her favorite roles are Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst, Fonsia Dorsey in The Gin Game, and Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman. In 2005, she received an outstanding performance award at the Theatre Association of New York State Festival for her portrayal of Anastasia in the one-act play Foibles. She was honored by Lake to Lake Women, Inc. in March, 2013 for her Women of Vision portrayals