AAUW Somerset Hills Branch Program February 2023

AAUW Somerset Hills invites the public to a free program on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00pm on Zoom

Ben Montgomery will be speaking about one of his best-selling books, ‘Grandma Gatewood’s Walk’, winner of the 2014 Outdoor Book Award. He is a storyteller who encourages his audiences to take part in his lively  conversational presentation.

Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this sixty-year-old grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,168-mile Appalachian Trail. Driven by a painful marriage, Grandma Gatewood not only hiked the trail alone, she was the first person – man or woman – to walk it twice and three times. She also hiked the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail. She became a hiking celebrity. The public attention she brought to the trail was unprecedented. Her criticism of lousy, difficult stretches lead to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction.


Ben Montgomery is a journalist and author of the New York Times best-selling books The Leper Spy, The Man who Walked Backward, and A Shot in The Moonlight.  He spent most of his 20-year newspaper career as an enterprise reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. In 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting and won the Dart Award and Casey Medal for the series called “For Their Own Good.”

Zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMuc-uqqjMrH9w6g0QRWbtAmvzfM0WvyYwO

Zoom doors open at 6:30 for socializing and a brief business meeting

New members are always welcome. For more information, email Teri Passarello at info@somersethillsaauw.org or call/text 908-313-8421.