Tag Archives: Appalachia

Washington Post blog writer Diana Reese features Grandma Gatewood Story

5 Jan

Diana Reese is a writer and blogger for the Washington Post and contributor to “She the People”. She just posted a great article about Grandma Gatewood that you should read.

By Diana Reese January 5 at 2:12 PM
She The People

Grandma Gatewood survived domestic violence to walk the Appalachian Trail alone at 67

Even now, six decades later, Emma Gatewood’s story still resonates.

Grandma Gatewood, as she became known, was the first woman to hike the entire 2,050 miles of the Appalachian Trail by herself in 1955. She was 67 years old at the time, a mother of 11 and grandmother of 23. She’d survived more than 30 years of marriage to a brutal husband who beat her repeatedly.

Gatewood hiked the trail carrying a homemade knapsack and wearing ordinary sneakers — she wore out six pairs of them in 146 days from May to September. She brought a blanket and a plastic shower curtain to protect her from the elements, but she didn’t bother with a sleeping bag, a tent, a compass or even a map, instead relying on the hospitality of strangers along the way and her own independent resourcefulness. She’d sleep in a front porch swing, under a picnic table or on a bed of leaves when necessary, and she ate canned Vienna sausages, raisins and peanuts plus greens she found on the trail and meals offered by strangers.

To get the rest of the story click on the link

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2015/01/05/grandma-gatewood-survived-domestic-violence-to-walk-the-appalachian-trail-alone-at-67/

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Feisty Females- Emma Gatewood

16 Sep

Sharon Hall, a friend of our “Trail Magic” script writer Kelly Boyer Sagert let us know about this great blog site that features her story about Emma Gatewood.

Check out Sharon’s article about Emma Gatewood at http://historydepot.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/feisty-females-grandma-gatewood-part-i Enjoy!

Appalachian History features Bette Lou Higgins review of “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk” by Ben Montgomery

7 Apr

Book Review: ‘Grandma Gatewood’s Walk’

Posted by  | April 7, 2014

Bette Lou Higgins


Please welcome guest book reviewer Bette Lou Higgins. Higgins, Artistic Director of Eden Valley Enterprises, is working to document Emma Gatewood’s life with a storytelling program, e-book, one-act play and PBS documentary. The project is being undertaken by Eden Valley, FilmAffects and WGTE/PBS. Bette Lou says that whenever she tells the story of Emma Gatewood her audiences are always inspired – even if it’s just to take a walk around the block!

 

When I was in 11th grade at Garfield Heights Senior High School in Garfield Heights, OH, I had an English teacher – Mr. Toneff. We did quite a bit of writing in his class and Mr. Toneff had a mantra: “V.S.D.!” Vivid Specific Detail… for writing to be good, it had to have V.S.D.

Mr. Toneff would love Ben Montgomery. His new book, Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, has A LOT of V.S.D.

To read the rest of Bette Lou’s review go to:

http://www.appalachianhistory.net/2014/04/book-review-grandma-gatewoods-walk.html

Ohio Women Then and Now Fundraiser for “Trail Magic” documentary

22 Feb

Last chance to buy tickets for our fundraising series OHIO WOMEN THEN AND NOW at a discount! Advance tickets are available for all four shows at $19 @ until FEBRUARY 28. After that, the price goes up to $22 @ in advance or at the door! Don’t miss out — all four programs promise to introduce you to some fascinating women.

Get complete details at http://tinyurl.com/ohiowomenthenandnow

Ticket cost is a tax-deductible donation in support of our Grandma Gatewood documentary project. If you’re unable to join us for any of these events, please consider supporting our project with a donation —

http://www.edenvalleyenterprises.org/progdesc/gatewood/donate.htm

“I am the Appalachian Trail”

16 Sep

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE…

“I am the Applachain Trail”
Video Contest
Grandma Gatewood entry!

https://apps.facebook.com/easypromos-premium/entries/16348

We have entered the “I Am The Appalachian Trail” video contest on Facebook with a trailer for our upcoming PBS Documentary about Legendary Hiker Emma Gatewood. You can help us win by voting between September 16 and November 8, 2013. Just visit Facebook’s I Am The Appalachian Trail page and find the video with my name on it and Vote! Help us make a movie!

Thanks!

Bette Lou Higgins
Artistic Director
Eden Valley Enterprises

P.S.: Be sure to pass this along and ask your friends to vote and to like us on Facebook! grandma with garden hat