From Hell Gate to The Golden Gate


October 15, 2017, 2:30 pm


Library of the Chathams
In 1909, 22 year old Alice Huyler Ramsey of Hackensack, New Jersey became the first woman to drive across the United States.
Laurie MacDonald-Gaulke, an actress and story teller brings Alice's journey to life. So, settle into the passenger seat of her Maxwell 30 touring car and experience her adventure—no GPS, no maps, no roads! A full decade would go by before women earned the right to vote, but this plucky young woman showed our country that women would take on any challenge!
Admission is free and open to the public. Bring a friend and join us for an exciting trip across the country. Refreshments will be served.
Laurie MacDonald-Gaulke creates historical portrayals of real women with real stories to tell. Each character is portrayed in a historically, culturally and socially accurate manner. Laurie has a Master’s degree in cultural anthropology; her research skills and her talent as an actress and storyteller bring historical figures to life in an entertaining and educational way.

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News & Events

Post date: November 6, 2017

It is probably safe to say that any resident of Chatham today will be familiar with the electric trains of New Jersey Transit that speed commuters to and from the city every day. Many Borough residents may not be aware that Chatham was at one time served by another form of electric railway - a trolley line that arrived, thrived, and died before the first electric train on the Morris & Essex Lines even ran.

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December 10, 2017

Calling All Members!

We encourage all members to come to our Annual Holiday Party. See old friends, meet new friends and enjoy festive foods and libations at a beautifully restored 1921 Prairie Style home.

All members are welcome. Mark your calendar, your invitation will be in your mailbox soon.