CANCELED - “Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story”


Appalachian Celebrates
The 19th Amendment Centennial - Women’s Right to Vote

Bette Lou Higgins: “Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story,” The first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail

A documentary film followed by Q&A with filmmaker Bette Lou Higgins 

When: Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 pm

Where: Room 114, Belk Library and Information Commons

Grandma Emma Gatewood was the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 1955 at the age of 67 after raising 11 children and surviving domestic abuse. Before she died in 1973 she had hiked the AT several times, completed hikes in Oregon, Vermont and Pennsylvania. A documentary film followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Bette Lou Higgins.

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Grandma Gatewood
Published: Feb 27, 2020 4:03pm