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“Trail Magic” documentary Premiers May 29th

28 Feb

Grandma Gatewood documentary premiers May 29

Posted by Dave Tabler | February 27, 2015

bettePlease welcome guest author Bette Lou Higgins. Higgins is a founder and current Artistic Director of Eden Valley Enterprises, where she helps spread the “Ohio Gospel” through an assortment of living history programs. These programs, designed to make the history of Ohio meaningful and alive for adults and children of all ages, have been created for such Ohio organizations as the Steamship William G. Mather Museum, Western Reserve Historical Society, The Tuscarawas Historical Society and the Great Lakes Historical Society.

When I first wrote about Eden Valley’s Grandma Gatewood project for Appalachian History in 2013, we were at the half-way point of our trail to tell her life story. Essentially it was the equivalent of hiking from Georgia to the AT museum in Gardner’s, PA. Unlike hikers who reach that point, we didn’t know we were half-way there!

Anne McEvoy as Emma (filming session July, 2014)

To read Bette Lou’s full progress report for the Appalachian History blog posted  2/27/15 — check it out at http://www.appalachianhistory.net/
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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/

Film on Appalachian Trail walking Grandma gets closer to completion- By Steve Fogarty, Chronicle Telegram

21 Oct

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Thanks to Steve Fogarty of the Elyria Chronicle Telegram who wrote a nice follow up article about our TRAIL MAGIC documentary project. You can read it at: http://edenvalleyenterprises.org/progdesc/gatewood/prgrmcmmnts/fogartyect10172014.pdf

Grandma Gatewood is on Twitter

31 Jan

To help promote our project we have set up @grandmagatewood for twitter friends.ImageEmma was a communicator, letter writer and journal keeper. I think tweeting would have been like writing a postcard in Emma’s day. If you have a twitter account I hope you will help us and follow @grandmagatewood and we’ll follow you back!