Riding to the end of 2020!
As Im sure you know, all of our programs this year were cancelled after March with the exception of a class for Baldwin-Wallaces Institute For Learning In Retirement, a Grandma Gatewood program for the Rocky River Library and a Pearl Harbor commemoration for Kathryn Eyring and Aging Gracefully TV all done via Zoom.
BW bravely forged ahead with its Fall Semester on zoom. I did three sessions commemorating the anniversaries of 2020: the 75th Anniversary of WWII, the 100th Anniversaries of Prohibition and Suffrage and the 65th Anniversary of Grandma Gatewoods hike. Rocky River Library celebrated Emmas hike as well. Our Pearl Harbor story kept the memory of the WWII anniversary year in our minds and gave us hope that this years enemy will also be conquered.
Of course, you all know about our documentary, TRAIL MAGIC: THE GRANDMA GATEWOOD STORY, being honored this year by the WRPN Women's International Film Festival and the Indie Gathering. These special awards helped make this 65th Anniversary of her hike special.
On the in progress
side, an anonymous donor underwrote a new curriculum guide to go with
our inventors program, WHOSE IDEA WAS THAT? Teacher Nancy Mitchell
created some wonderful activities to bring the story of these creative
Ohioans to life. We are in the process of finalizing the book which should
be available by early 2021. It will join our existing curriculum guides
on the Great Lakes (LADY OF THE LAKE) and the Underground Railroad (RISE
AT SUNRISE, REST BY MIDNIGHT). If youre a teacher or a home-schooler
looking for additional resources for your middle-school students, check
out our publications.
At the end of the year, it's
always good to let you know that all of us at Eden Valley thank you for
all your support as a donor, an audience member and a presenter. We look
forward to more trips back in time next year.
Since you can't come to a
program to hear some Christmas stories this year, here's one from our
STORIES FROM A CHRISTMAS PAST book about "Whistling
Ben Hanby" to put you in spirit!