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Amelia's Atchison day trip set for June 27
POSTED: 05/01/2013
Learn about American aviation legend Amelia Earhart and other icons of Atchison, Kansas, during a late June day trip being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Amelia's Atchison is the name of this trip, which will take place on June 27. Participants will tour the house where Earhart was born and lived with her grandparents, and learn about the Ninety-Nines, an organization of women pilots the Earhart helped found, and who currently own the historic home. Stop at the Amelia Earhart Earthwork created by famed Kansas artist Stan Herd. View this one-acre portrait composed of plants, stone, and natural materials from a viewing platform. Visit Atchison's famous Nell Hills shop with three stories of housewares and gifts. See why this emporium of home decor has been featured in national publications and attracts customers from near and far. Lunch will be at Paolucci's Italian Restaurant & Deli on Atchison's South Third Street.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “day trip.”

The Amelia's Atchison trip will leave from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 27, and return about 5:30 p.m. that day. The cost for this nine-hour trip, including transportation, tours, lunch, and a 50 Plus escort, is $69 per person.

While the JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the District’s Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

The JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the district’s website at

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