Ruth Law

The Queen of Air
Travel back to 1916 with Ruth Bancroft Law to learn more about the early days of aviation in America. A remarkable pioneer, Law was one of the most daring, courageous, and successful aviators of her time. She set several records and inspired the nation with a bold and historic flight. In the process, she showed the world that women could be influential leaders and superb pilots.

Billie Holladay Skelley of Joplin, MO


Billie Holladay Skelley is a retired registered nurse who received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin. In Madison, she worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, taught in the nursing program, and helped develop the nursing curriculum at Clarke College in Iowa. Since her retirement, Billie has focused on writing efforts and is a member of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc., the Joplin Writers’ Guild, the Ozarks Writers League, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. An award-winning author, her work has appeared in American Journal of NursingHeart and LungMissouri NursePreMedLife MagazineIntima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, Today’s Caregiver Magazine, Show Me the OzarksGAMbitNSS NewsMe, as a Child Poetry SeriesMy Mane MemoriesAlmanac for Farmers & City FolkNinety-NinesSpace ReviewAmerican Aviation Historical Society JournalVietNow National Magazine, Stories of JoplinKentucky ExplorerGod & Nature Magazine, Crowder QuillSafe to ChewSasee, Harvard MagazineWell Versed, and Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors.

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