National Geographic : 1998 Jan
WHEN A STRANGER announced "I'm from your hometown," Earhartoften replied, "Which one?" Born in her grandparents'home in Atchison, Kansas, now a museum (left), Amelia moved often-from Kansas City to Des Moines to St. Paul,where the 17-year-old (below) played basketballand studied Latin. Amelia's niece, Amy Kleppner (bottom, at the Earhartbirthplace), remembers in poignant detailfiligree and spun-glass braceletsAmelia sent from Asiafor her sixth birthday. The gifts arriveddays after Earhartvanished.