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Get the scoop on all the festivities from our film premier about first woman to solo thru-hike the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail at TrueNorth Cultural Arts!

To find out where and when you can catch the Grandma Gatewood story, be sure to check our calendar page regularly for presentations of the storytelling program, the play or the documentary. If you would like to book a presentation of the storytelling program, the one-act play or the documentary about Emma, let us know -- we'd love to do the program for you!

If you have any stories or memories of your own about Emma Gatewood that you would like to share or if you would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact us.

Help us introduce Emma to the rest of the world! 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. We now have a special Facebook page for our documentary where you can get up-to-date information about the film. Like It and stay in the loop!

If you would like us to bring our Grandma Gatewood storytelling program, play or documentary to YOUR group, let us know! We are currently booking programs in 2016. Special pricing is available through August, 2015 for next year.

Additional information about the project:

Donor List/Supporter Information and Trail Magic Staff

See Video Clips from interviews with Emma's Family and keep up with our progress on our blog and LIKE our "Trail Magic" Facebook page.

"With An Old Woman's Grace" a song about Emma by Mike Petee.

Trail Magic, 2013 program information and pictures.

See pictures about Emma and her life:

Related Information (articles, interviews, excerpts of the story and other interesting information)

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)

Purchase our DVD produced by FilmAffects of the storytelling program about Emma along with a copy of our documentary trailer and the Kickstarter Video -- $11.99. Pay with PayPal using the button below or download an order form to pay with a check.

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