Bette Lou Higgins presents “Grandma Gatewood” live

1 Nov

Tomorrow marks the debut of the just completed narrative script c0-written by Bette Lou Higgins and Kelly Boyer Sagert as a one person live presentation. This third person script and show is based on the research and interviews we conducted with Lucy Seeds (Emma Gatewoods youngest daughter) and Marjorie Wood (Emma’s  grand daughter). The event is an important achivement in the quest to create a documentary film about Emma’s life. We certainly need your help to spread the word and hopefully support our project. If you would like to make a donation, Eden Valley Enterprises is a 501 C3 organization. For more information about making a donation go to If you would like to see this one woman presentation live, follow Tomorrows sold out presentation is just the first of many. Thank you for your interest and support.

Peter Huston


8 Responses to “Bette Lou Higgins presents “Grandma Gatewood” live”

  1. Bette Lou Higgins November 9, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    The first presentation of our storytelling program GRANDMA GATEWOOD: OHIO’S LEGENDARY HIKER was a success! The audience enjoyed the story and had lots of questions afterward. One audience member wrote us afterward, “The Grandma Gatewood program is entertaining, enlightening, and wholly enjoyable.” You can see a picture from the event along with a short summary at:

  2. ralph coffman June 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    i hiked with grandma in 1959. and traveled by backpack thousands of miles. and now i am an officially registered candidate for president of the United States of America. ive flown on air force one and danced on the stage with janis joplin.,so many experiences have i had . i wonder how the example emma set for a little 9 year old boy in kansas had to do with my journeys. thank you grandma for teaching/ showing me that anything is possible if you do it. Ralph Coffman

    • Bette Lou Higgins June 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      Sounds like you have a lot of good memories. What is your most vivid memory of your hike with Emma? Where were you when you met up and how long did you hike together?

      • ralph coffman June 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

        In1959 we lived in Junction City, Kansas. we picked up grandma gatewood and she stayed with us for 3 days. We took her back to the exact spot that we picked her up at and my mom says that i walked 2 miles with her although i dont remember the distance but i do remember walking along with her. i take care of my mom and thats what she says. we do have a newspaper article and picture somewhere that talks about our family picking up grandma gatewood and what she was accomplishing with her walk to oregon. iI wish i could read in her journal about her visit with us. i thied to reach lucy seeds on facebook last year but never got a reply.Best wishes for your project.

  3. Ralph Coffman November 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    anything happening???

    • Bette Lou Higgins November 4, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

      I checked with Lucy awhile back and she wrote back:
      “Bette, I do not know the name, but Mama was hiking the Oregon
      Trail. She mentions a Mrs. Barthuly, Paxico, Kan. who wouldn’t
      give her a drink of water and wrote to her later and apologized and
      said her husband had bawled her out. OHHH, I just found the
      reference to the Coffmans. On May 10, 1959 Mama stayed with Sgt.
      Dent & family and the Coffmans, a Sgt. also, came from Junction
      City and she spent the next night with them. She does not mention
      the boys. She said “They” Dents and Coffmans, met her on the
      highway and walked back to Junction City with her. Ralph was
      probably one of “Them”. Lucy”

      As for your question about what’s happening — I actually did the storytelling program three times in September and October (that makes EIGHT times so far this year!) and have another performance this Saturday, 11/10 and am scheduling performances for next year!

      We are still raising money to complete the PBS documentary (you can make a tax-deductible donation at: ) and we completed an e-book and DVD of the storytelling program which are for sale on our website at:

      So we’ve been busy!

      Thanks for your good wishes! I hope one day you’ll get to see the documentary or the storytelling program.

      • Ralph Coffman November 4, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

        Thank you for the information and pass on to lucy how much her mother has been an inspiration in my life, even now.

  4. Bette Lou Higgins November 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    Will do! Thanks.

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