Amelia Earhart birthday celebration at NMI Museum


The Amelia Earhart Memorial Monument Committee is holding a celebration in honor of Amelia Earhart’s birthday on Friday, July 24, from 9am to 12pm at the CNMI Museum.

According to the event’s chair, AEMM committee board member Remi Sablan, the celebration is open to the public and will offer guests the opportunity to check out the museum’s new additions to its Amelia Earhart exhibit, including photos and testimonies of three key witnesses who claim to have seen Earhart on Saipan shortly after her Lockheed Model 10 Electra disappeared in the Central Pacific en route to Howland Island.

Sablan encourages guests to check out the AEMM book sale during the celebration, where they can purchase copies of Amelia Earhart: The Truth At Last by Mike Campbell and Marie Castro: My Life and Amelia Earhart’s Saipan Legacy with Mike Campbell. There will also be birthday cupcakes.

Attendees must wear masks and observe social distancing rules. The museum has reduced its maximum occupancy, but Sablan said its open grounds will provide guests plenty of space to mingle before and after perusing the exhibit.

The AEMM committee recently drafted a memorandum of understanding with the NMI Museum regarding placing a monument to Amelia Earhart on the land surrounding the Old Japanese Jail. Sablan said that the AEMMI board of directors requested the NMI Museum board to provide land for the monument, and is a key step in the committee’s fundraising efforts.

The group has been working toward the creation of an Amelia Earhart monument on Saipan since its formation in 2017 and maintains that the monument would be a positive addition to Saipan’s tourism attractions, regardless of whether the theory that Earhart was brought to Saipan proves to be true. (PR)

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