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Harrison Marks Anniversary Of Ex-Resident Amelia Earhart's Final Flight

Harrison's Amelia Earhart
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HARRISON, N.Y. -- Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart was once a resident of Harrison.

Earhart moved to Harrison in 1931 shortly after marrying Rye native George Palmer Putnam , a renowned publisher in his day.

Shortly after moving to Harrison, Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean as a passenger. Two years later, she piloted her own plane across the Atlantic making her the first female to do so.

To celebrate her many contributions to the fields of aviation, publishing, and fashion, Harrison Mayor Ron Belmont said the community will be holding an array of events, throughout the coming months, that honor the 80th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s last flight.

In 1937, Earhart attempted to pilot her own plane around the world and disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean. To mark her feats, the Harrison Public Library will be showing the movie, “Amelia” at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23

On Friday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m., local historian Paul Hicks will offer an in-depth look at the life and times of Amelia Earhart. Check the library's website,, for updates on new events and programs.  

Earhart attempted to fly a plane around the world in 1937, but disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. Her disappearance remains unsolved. 

A monument in Earhart's memory and accomplishments is in Station Park downtown by the Municipal Building.

More on Earhart and other famous Westchester residents can be found by clicking here.

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