Today’s Pioneers

Inspiration for Generations

Since she set her first flight record in 1922 by climbing higher than any woman ever had, Amelia Earhart demonstrated to millions — especially millions of young women — that anything is possible. In addition to her brilliant career in aviation, Earhart did much more, as an activist, humanitarian and philanthropist. Here in Atchison, you can see her legacy up close and personal — from her childhood exploits to her part in forming the International 99s, an organization of women pilots that continues her mission today.

Each year the Atchison community honors those who carry on Amelia’s spirit with the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award. The award recipient is featured in a speakers’ symposium and will also speak at the Pioneering Achievement Award Luncheon, during which the award is presented.

The list of past honorees includes women from all walks of life: Pilots, politicians, authors, humanitarians and others. This year, the award will be presented to Amelia Rose Earhart, a distant relative of the famed aviatrix, whose ultimate goal is to fly around the world, recreating and symbolically completing the flight that her famous relative never got to finish in 1937. Amelia Rose is currently an NBC reporter in Denver and has started the Fly With Amelia Foundation to help provide flight scholarships for high school-aged girls and educational opportunities for people of all ages. Learn more at

Featured Events

Speakers’ Symposium

A panel discussion featuring several women who share Amelia Earhart’s adventurous spirit, including this year’s Pioneering Achievement Award winner, Amelia Rose Earhart. Event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, July 20 • 11:00 a.m.
O’Malley-McAllister Audorium • Benedictine College • 1020 N. 2nd St.

Pioneering Achievement Award Luncheon

Luncheon honoring Amelia Rose Earhart, the 2013 recipient of the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award.

Reservations required. Tickets $15. Call 800-234-1854 to purchase tickets. Tickets will be available online later this week.

Saturday, July 20 • 12:30 p.m.
Benedictine College • 1020 N. 2nd St.

Schedule subject to change. Please refer to this web site for up-to-date information or call the Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce for details. All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Santa Fe Depot • 200 S. 10th St. • Atchison, KS 66002 • 800-234-1854.