The birthplace was added to the National
Register of Historic Places in 1971 and is now a museum featuring memorabilia
and artifacts about Amelia Earhart.
Earhart was the first aviatrix (female pilot) to fly solo across the Atlantic
Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record. She set
many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and
was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for
During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a
Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10 Electra, Earhart disappeared over the central
Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. Fascination with her life, career and
disappearance continues to this day.