Ottawa -- The Old Depot Museum, 135 W. Tecumseh St., has mounted a commemorative exhibit of the Flood of 1951.
The exhibit, "The Great Flood of '51," runs through Aug. 29.
The Old Depot Museum is a survivor of the flood and a plaque outside the building shows the high-water mark reached on July 11, 1951. The mark is incorporated into the display, encircling the exhibit rooms at a height of about 10 feet above the first floor.
Photos chronicle the flood, its aftermath and the cleanup. Charts compare the '51 flood with others in the Ottawa area.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for students and preschoolers are free.
For more information, call (784) 242-1250.
Amelia Earhart Festival
kicks off Friday
Atchison -- The 104th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's birth will be celebrated Friday and Saturday with music, special guests and fireworks.
The annual festival kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday with LakeFest 2001 at the Amelia Earhart Earthwork overlooking Warnock Lake, 3 miles south of Atchison. ThunderHeart will perform at 6 p.m. Andy Griggs will take the stage at 7:30 p.m., with Chely Wright at 9:30 p.m.
Concert tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Tickets are available by calling (800) 234-1854. No coolers allowed.
Saturday's activities in downtown Atchison include an arts and crafts fair, children's events, carnival rides, horse-drawn trolley rides, a car show and swap meet and such entertainers as Connie Dover and Roger Landes. Free airplane rides for first-time flyers, ages 8-17, will be given from 8 a.m. to noon at Amelia Earhart Airport, 16701 286 Road. Fireworks and a street dance will be held that night.
Mae C. Jemison, a former NASA astronaut who served aboard the space shuttle Endeavour in 1992, is among the featured speakers at the Amelia Earhart Speakers Symposium at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Benedictine College. Jemison will receive the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award.
Other speakers include state legislator Barbara Ballard, Lawrence; Lt. Col. Nancy Vetere, operations office of the 99th Airlift Squadron at Andrews Air Force Base; and Irene Nowell, a biblical scholar.
Seating is limited and reservations are required. Cost is $15. Tickets can be purchased by calling (800) 234-1854.
For more information, visit the Web site www.atchison.org.