Walking on Air: the Aerial Adventures of Phoebe Omlie with Janann Sherman

Mar 25 1:00 pm

2017 Winter Education Series

Aviation pioneer Phoebe Fairgrave Omlie (1902-1975) was once one of the most famous women in America. The press labeled her “second only to Amelia Earhart among America’s women pilots.”

Overshadowed by the legacy of her friend and contemporary Amelia Earhart, Omlie began as a barnstormer in the roaring 20s, became a successful cross-country air racer, and finished her career setting aviation policy in the federal government. A woman of daring, courage, intelligence and devotion to aviation, she ranks as one of the great participants in the story of American progress. The press labeled her “second only to Amelia Earhart among America’s women pilots,” and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt named her among the “eleven women whose achievements make it safe to say that the world is progressing.”

Janann Sherman, now of Vinalhaven, Maine, was professor and chair of the history department at the University of Memphis. She is the author of several books, including The Perfect 36: Tennessee Delivers Woman Suffrage and No Place for a Woman: A Life of Senator Margaret Chase Smith, and the editor of Interviews with Betty Friedan.

All Owls Head Transportation Museum Winter Education Series programs are free to the public (suggested donation $10). They begin at 1:00 p.m. on their respective dates. Visitors wishing to view the Museum before or after attending a Winter Education Series Program will be charged standard museum admission of $14 for adults and $10 for visitors over 65. Museum admission is always free to youth under 18 as well as retired and active duty military (Uniformed Services ID required). To find out more about any Winter Education Series program please contact Curator and Education Director Ethan Yankura at ey@ohtm.org.

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