Billie Gammon


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What a treasure we have lost. My husband and I both took the weekend teacher re-certification class there in the 1980's. Her vision was extraorderinary for The Norlands. My father is William Weston from the Rumford Historical Society and the Society had her several times as guest speaker and dad was the chauffer to go get her and take her back. He said it was worth every minute of his time. She was so giving of her time and talents. Thank you Billie.

I had the honor of meeting Billie, a few weeks ago. She and I ate breakfast at her home. Wow, what a wonderful person I ate with. She loved my brown eyes. My sister Trudy was one of her nurses and friend and just loved brown eyes. She had bright brilliant blue eyes and I found it odd that she loved our color eyes. She explained why and we shared some laughs. I only wished I had meet her earlier in my life. What an inspiration she was. We meet that Sunday morning and I felt like I had...

I was one of the 1st of Billie's volunteers who worked alongside her that summer of 1974, to get The Norlands Living History Center's "Farmer's Cottage" ready to open. We even made the original caps & aprons for the kids who were to come to visit. We all had to learn how to start a fire in the old wood stove and then how to cook on it!! Needless to say, it was quite an experience for us 20th century gals, but we did it! We had to learn how to do a lot of things the "old...

I didn't know Billie Gammon personally, but I went on two field trips to Norlands as a student at Embden Elementary School. Billie was the presenter for the second of these--a history of the Washburn family, done in a unique and innovative style that young students loved and appreciated. She also did a presentation at the Mountain Valley Conference Top Ten Banquet that I attended in 1995. (This was for the top ten students at each high school in the Mountain Valley Conference, which...

Billie taught so many museum educators with her unique style. By being an incredible example of someone working towards a vision, she showed us how its done. She's left quite a legacy.
Condolences to her family.

My memories of "Aunt Billie" begin when I was young and we would write letters back and forth about books that I was reading. I remember being able to visit Norlands, and how much fun it was seeing the school house and scrubbing laundry. Fast forward a few years, and I had the privilege of celebrating her 90th birthday. She was well loved and will be missed by many

Mike, Bill, & Family..

My condolences, she was a great woman and touched many people positively

I had the great fortune to meet Billie on my first weekend stay at Norlands. Her enthusiasm for life at Norlands was overwhelming. Billie was a special person who shared her love of life with everyone~no matter how long she knew them. Billie-you will be missed.

Billie Gammon was one of the most lovely, sharp, and radiant persons we have ever known. My husband and I are grateful to have known her, and grateful to have had numerous visits with her over the last four or five years.


Billie's Obituaries

LIVERMORE -- Billie Gammon, 92, the founder of Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, died Sunday morning, Jan. 11, 2009, at her home in North Livermore village.She was born July 31, 1916, in Augusta, the daughter of Howard G. and Mable Searle Wilson. Though named Ethel Searle Wilson, she had...

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