GATEWOOD: OHIO'S LEGENDARY HIKER
We can't bring Emma's story to life without YOUR help! Please join us on our Trail with a tax deductible donation.
In 1955, when she was 67 years old (and had already raised 11 children), Emma Gatewood became the first woman to ever thru-hike the entire Appalachian Trail solo! Before she died in 1973 she had hiked the AT several times, completed hikes in Oregon, Vermont and Pennsylvania. She was a charter member of the Buckeye Trail Association which has The Grandma Gatewood Trail named after her.
Emma is the subject of our newest project. In November, 2011 we premiered a storytelling program about this amazing woman and now we continue working with filmaker Peter Huston to complete the project by creating a PBS documentary about her. We are in the process of raising funds to do a video and a first-person character program about this remarkable Ohioan. Watch our documentary tailer produced by FilmAffects.
On August 24, 2013 we premiered a one -act play about Emma as part of weekend festival called "Trail Magic" dedicated to Grandma Gatewood at TrueNorth Cultural Arts. The weekend events included a nature poetry workshop and reading with author Kelly Boyer Sagert (who wrote the play), special hikes, a Buckeye Trail display and a discussion group on Mental Health and Self-Esteem (and the effects of domestic abuse) led by Natalie McCarthy, MSW, LSW.
Do you have a Trail Magic Story to share? We're looking for some to possibly use in our documentary and/or in other print related materials. If you have one to share please send it to us!
Additional information about the project:
See Video Clips from interviews with Emma's Family and keep up with our progress on our blog.
"With An Old Woman's Grace" a song about Emma by Mike Petee.
See pictures about Emma and her life:
Related Information (articles, interview and excerpts of the story)
Comments about our storytelling program.
Letters of Support for our documentary project.
Purchase our E-book about Emma by Bette Lou Higgins and Kelly Boyer Sagert. Emma's daughter Lucy Seeds told us, "Bette Lou and Kelly: You did an excellent job on Mama's Bio. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. I found no fault. Thank you. Lucy" (Read an excerpt)
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by FilmAffects of the storytelling program about Emma along with a copy
of our documentary trailer and the Kickstarter Video -- $11.99. Pay with
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