HIKING: The Appalachian Trail

GRANDMA GATEWOOD HIKES THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
by Jennifer Thermes

Emma Gatewood’s life was far from easy. In rural Ohio, she managed a household of 11 kids alongside a less-than-supportive husband. One day, at age 67, she decided to go for a nice long walk . . . and ended up completing the Appalachian Trail. With just the clothes on her back and a pair of thin canvas sneakers on her feet, Grandma Gatewood hiked up ridges and down ravines. She braved angry storms and witnessed breathtaking sunrises. When things got particularly tough, she relied on the kindness of strangers or sheer luck to get her through the night. When the newspapers got wind of her amazing adventure, the whole country cheered her on to the end of her trek, which came just a few months after she set out. A story of true grit and girl power at any age, Grandma Gatewood proves that no peak is insurmountable.

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SCULPTURE GALLERY: Make Way for Nancy

Nancy Schön

“I came upon children gathered around a sculpture of a woman holding a cat. They patted the cat and hugged it just as though it were real, and their parents smiled, never saying ‘Don’t!’ Right then, I saw what I wanted for my art. I wanted my sculptures to be outdoors in parks, where people of all ages could touch and enjoy them.”

The Galleries

Public Art

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