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.

Join Us for History & Hops 2017


News & Events

Post date: August 15, 2017


The 2017 recipient of the Chatham Historical Society Margaret Keisler Scholarship is Paul Coyne of Dempster Road. 

Next Events:

October 20, 2017

Tickets on Sale Now!

Fall is just around the corner and it’s time to mark your calendar for autumn festivities! Join us on Friday, October 20, 2017 for our second annual “History & Hops.” Last year it was a sold out event so get your tickets early. This is an evening you won’t want to miss!

The Chatham Fish & Game Club will be transformed into a traditional beer garden featuring beer and wine representing countries around the world. Of course, food goes well with drink so there will be a tempting array of eatables to chose from and live music will keep it festive. Food, drink, music and good company – the perfect brew for a great time! Music will be provided by Chatham’s own Sal Arnuk, Mike McLaughlin and special guest Chris “Sarge” Tomaino.


Friday, October 20 at 7:30 at the Chatham Fish & Game Club

Tickets: $50 per person

Click here to buy your tickets via Paypal or Send a check to: The Chatham Historical Society - PO Box 682 - Chatham, NJ 07928  

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Join us and celebrate Chatham’s amazing history!