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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Post date: December 12, 2017

It’s time to celebrate the holidays and we kicked off the season in style. The annual holiday party was held December 10 at the home Karen and Mark Hoerrner of 194 Fairmount Avenue. They recently finished a major renovation restoring their home to its past splendor - inside and out.

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