Every year, the Vermont Commission on Women partners with the Vermont Historical Society’s Women’s History Project to present a program celebrating Women’s History Month. This year we’re excited to add the Green Mountain Club to that “partner mix”: our 2016 Women’s History Month event will focus on the history of women’s involvement in the Long Trail, and will take place Thursday March 24th, at 7 P.M. at the Green Mountain Club visitor’s center on Route 100 in Waterbury. This event will feature Reidun Nuquist, historian, talented speaker, and former Historical Society and UVM Bailey Howe librarian who has a special interest in Long Trail history.
The Long Trail is the oldest long distance trail in the U.S., running the length of Vermont. It was constructed between 1910 and 1930 by the Green Mountain Club. This presentation will include photos and materials documenting the first women “through” hikers: Kathleen Norris, Catherine Robbins, and Hilda M. Kurth, aka “The Three Musketeers.” These were the first women to hike the entire Long Trail from Canada to Massachusetts in 1927, and in doing so, became a national sensation at the time. Numerous other women have followed in their footsteps, not just as hikers, but as trail workers, staff, and leaders of the Green Mountain Club.
Plan to join us to hike vicariously through pictures and words on this (perhaps muddy, perhaps snowy) March evening! The event is FREE thanks to our co-sponsors: Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Denis, Ricker & Brown, and Vermont Mutual Insurance Group. FREE Refreshments will be provided.
Stay tuned to Vermont Public Radio in March for a week-long commentary series based on this theme. Questions? Contact Amanda Gustin, the History Soceity’s Public Program Coordinator at (802) 828-2180 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listen to a special podcast interview of one of those “Three Musketeers” at this link.