Enlightening and Inspiring Generations with Generations of Ideas

I spent the first few years of my life in a smallish community in Queens.  Back in those early days, kids could roam the streets with relatively little supervision and one place I visited frequently was the local library.  This particular branch was little more than a storefront but to me it was an alternative universe where I could explore my interests and receive kind, informative answers to my questions from the wonderful librarians.

Jonathan Kellerman
to the LaSalle Public Library on the occasion of the Library's Centennial Celebration, 2007

Amelia Earhart: A First-Person Portrayal by Leslie Goddard

Event Date: 
Mar 18 2014 - 6:00pm

Join the LaSalle Public Library on Tuesday, March 18 at 6:00 PM for "Amelia Earhart: A First-Person Portrayal by Leslie Goddard". 

 Amelia Earhart’s courageous exploits and spirited personality made her an international celebrity in the early twentieth century. She was the first woman to cross the Atlantic by airplane (1928) and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic (1932). She set numerous speed and altitude records and received high honors and awards. On July 2, 1937, she and her navigator Fred Noonan mysteriously disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during their attempted round-the-world flight. Set in 1937, this first-person program recounts Earhart’s life, the many records she broke, her unconventional views on marriage, and her tireless work to promote aviation and opportunities for women.

Funding for this program is provided by the Alwin C. Carus Trust.  This program is free and open to the public.  If you have any special needs or for further information, please contact the Library at 815.223.2341.

Leslie Goddard has been presenting history lectures and performing first-person programs in the Chicago area for more than ten years.

She holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University specializing in American studies and U.S. history, as well as master's degrees in theater and in museum studies. Leslie has worked in the museum field for ten years and is the author of two books on Chicago history.

Her nationally-recognized programs have been presented for Illinois Humanities Council sites, Chicago’s Navy Pier, WBEZ-Chicago Amplified, Questers International, the Victorian Society in America, and scores of schools, universities, retirement centers, libraries, historical societies, businesses, conferences, and fund-raisers.