Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum

Atchison, KS

On April 15, 2004 I was able to get a tour of the Amelia Earhart Museum. The museum is located at the birthplace of Amelia Earhart in Atchison, KS. The first room I toured was the front parlor it was furnished with a small walnut drop-leaf table, belonging to Amelia, donated to the museum by her sister, Muriel. The parlor is furnished to the period when Amelia lived in the home, 1897-1909. A large mirror hangs above the fireplace. The carpeting has been replace with oriental-style wool carpeting to resemble the original turn-of-the-century common to the Midwest. An antique settee, an attorney chair, a piano, and lace curtains adorn the room.

The second room I passed though was the Second Parlor or Library. A large curio can be found in this room, exemplifying the high value placed upon education by Amelia\'s parents and grandparents.

After touring the first two rooms I went upstairs to take a look at Amelia’s bedroom which was filled with a variety of keepsakes, including: a glass-front cupboard, holding special items of the Otis/Earhart family; Amelia\'s pillow cases and white linens; Amelia\'s hope chest; and a set of officially endorsed Amelia Earhart luggage. Such endorsements helped Amelia finance her flying.

After visiting this museum it gave me a fill of how important flying was to Amelia Earhart and how dedicated she was to it. It also gave me a feel of how people in western Kansas lived in the earlier 20th century.