Ruth Elder: American Girl
with speaker LuAnn Mims, Special Collections Librarian Supervisor
Lakeland Public Library
March 21st at 5:30 PM
Join us at the Lakeland Public Library on Thursday, March 21st at 5:30 PM as Special Collections Librarian Supervisor LuAnn Mims presents the story of Ruth Elder, a pilot and actress who was also known as "Miss America of Aviation."
Ruth Elder was the first woman to attempt a flight across the Atlantic from the United States to Europe, just five months after Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic. Her airplane was a new Stinson 'Detroiter' - a single-engine, high-wing monoplane - that she called “American Girl.” On October 11, 1927, she and her co-pilot, Captain George Haldeman, took off for Paris from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York. The duo trained in Lakeland for this adventure and created a media stir leading up to their departure.
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This event is made possible by Geico Philanthropic Foundation.