November 11 Birthday: ALICE RAMSEY’S GRAND ADVENTURE

Alice Ramsey
November 11, 1886 – September 10, 1983

 ALICE RAMSEY’S GRAND ADVENTURE
by Don Brown
 (Houghton Mifflin, 2000)

Don Brown introduces us to yet another little-known heroine. On June 9,
1909, twenty-two-year-old Alice Ramsey hitched up her skirts and climbed
behind the wheel of a Maxwell touring car. Fifty-nine days later she
rolled into San Francisco, becoming the first woman to drive across
America. What happened in between is quite a tale! Through words and
pictures, the author shares this story of a brave and tenacious young
woman who followed her vision to conquer the open road – even when the
road was nothing more than a wagon trail. Alice Ramsey’s adventure
offers a unique perspective on turn-of-the-century America and pays
tribute to the pioneering spirit that helped create it.

October 13 Birthday: Mary Kingsley

Mary Kingsley, adventurer
Oct. 13, 1862-June 3, 1990

Uncommon Traveler: Mary Kingsley in Africa by Don Brown (Sagebrush, 2000)

Kingsley traveled through the pages of the books in her father’s library as a child. Caregiver of her parents until the age of 30, upon their death, Kingsley traveled to Africa. When this British explorer returned to England, she wrote about her observations.

Living on Earth Today offers an online profile of Mary Kingsley.

October 13 Birthday: UNCOMMON TRAVELER: MARY KINGSLEY IN AFRICA

Mary Kingsley, adventurer
Oct. 13, 1862-June 3, 1990

Uncommon Traveler: Mary Kingsley in Africa by Don Brown (Sagebrush, 2000)

Kingsley traveled through the pages of the books in her father’s library as a child. Caregiver of her parents until the age of 30, upon their death, Kingsley traveled to Africa. When this British explorer returned to England, she wrote about her observations.

Living on Earth Today offers an online profile of Mary Kingsley.