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Kansas City History In A Vending Machine, And The 'Right' Way To Remember Amelia Earhart

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U.S. Library of Congress
"Had it not been for the unsolved mystery of her disappearance," says women's history scholar Susan Ware, "we would remember Amelia Earhart for that 1932 trans-Atlantic flight." Earhart was the first female to make that flight.

People generally get their history lessons from a book or movie, not from a vending machine. Today, we learn about a novel way to put historical photos of Kansas City into the hands of City Market Park visitors. Then, Amelia Earhart's mysterious disappearance is what gets people's attention these days, but are we in danger forgetting her legacy of breaking aviation boundaries and encouraging women to follow their dreams?

Chris Dahlquist's 'History Vendor' installations can be found in City Market Park through mid-October. For more information, visit

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
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