The first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail

University Lecture Series Presents:

Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story,” The first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail

A documentary film followed by Q&A with filmmaker/producer Ms. Bette Lou Higgins 

When: Tuesday, February 16, 6:00pm  -

Q&A after the film at 7:00 pm: -  

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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About The Appalachian Theater

October 14, 2019, the fully renovated Appalachian Theatre of the High Country reopened to the public. Appalachian Theatre and pays homage to the 1938 theater's history in its redesigned interior.  

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Published: Jan 22, 2021 11:07am