Reenactor to portray Earhart

Mar 03, 2014
Jessa Piaia as Amelia Earhart performing her presentation Meet Amelia Earhart: First Lady of the Air. Piaia deliver her presentation at the Owls Head Transportation Museum Saturday, March 8, at 1 p.m. Admission to the talk is free.

Owls Head — Come celebrate International Women’s Day at the Owls Head Transportation Museum Saturday, March 8, at 1 p.m. with historical character reenactor Jessa Piaia.

Piaia will present a one-person interpretation of pioneer aviatrix Amelia Earhart, one of the world’s most famous aviators and greatest mysteries as part of the museum’s 2014 Winter Education Series. The talk is free to the public.

Born in Atchison, Kan., Earhart (1897-1937), relocated many times during her early years. She had a variety of jobs and interests, becoming a teacher and social worker at Denison House in Boston, and later a guidance counselor at Purdue University.

In 1928, Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in the Friendship flight, and in 1932, she became the first woman to fly solo on a similar route across the Atlantic. Author of two books, one published after each flight, she was founder and first president of The Ninety-Nines; Earhart also went on the speaking circuit across the country. Her Lockheed plane was lost at sea during a nearly successful attempt to fly around the world in 1937.

Piaia’s character portrayals celebrate women of the past whose diverse lives span three centuries including Susanna Rowson, Susan B. Anthony, Isabella Stuart Gardner and Clara Barton. In her poignant and inspiring dramatic vignettes, Piaia reveals the accomplishments, struggles and contributions of these women to American history. She depicts each woman’s life set against the historic events and issues of the day.

Piaia studied performance at London’s Oval House Theatre and graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Her first dramatic portrayal of Amelia Earhart was staged at the International Women’s Day Festival in Milwaukee in 1978. She currently works at Harvard University. She conducts most of her historical research at the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe Institute, which specializes in the history of women in America.

For more information about the Winter Education Series or any upcoming museum activity please contact Owls Head Transportation Museum Public Relations Director Jenna Lookner at 594-4418 or by email at

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