"Last year was the inaugural year for the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame, and it became an instant hit with those who hike and appreciate the magnificent resource that we have in the Appalachian Trail," said Larry Luxenberg, president of the Appalachian Trail Museum Society – the organization that oversees the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame. "The induction of the first class – Myron Avery, Gene Espy, Ed Garvey, Benton MacKaye, Arthur Perkins and Earl Shaffer – set the bar high for future inductees, but that is the character of those who will be inducted. All of last year’s inductees were pioneers in envisioning, planning, building and or thru-hiking the trail. The hall of fame recognizes those people who have unselfishly devoted their time, energy and resources toward making the Appalachian Trail a national treasure."
Nomination criteria and the nominating and selection processes for the 2012 Hall of Fame are:
Criteria - Those eligible for inclusion include anyone who has made an exceptional and positive contribution to the Appalachian Trail or Appalachian Trail community. This could be by leadership, inspiration, service, achievement or innovation. This includes, without limitation, pioneers who conceived of and developed the trail; those who organized or directed major trail organizations like the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Appalachian Trail clubs; maintaining clubs; longtime trail maintainers;
Nominations – Nominations will be solicited from throughout the hiking and trails community, by using this online site http://www.surveymonkey.com/
Deadline for nominations – Wednesday, February 29, 2012.
Hall of Fame Committee; Election – An Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Committee has been selected by the Appalachian Trail Museum Society Board of Directors to supervise the election process and to submit the finalists to the board. That committee is chaired by Jim Foster, a museum volunteer and 2007 thru-hiker of the Appalachian Trail. Other members of the committee are Noel DeCavalcante, Tom Johnson, Brian King, Larry Luxenberg and Bill O’Brien. The Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Committee will deliver the slate of finalists to the museum board by March 15, 2012, for subsequent review and elections. The Appalachian Trail Museum Society Board elected six people to the 2011 Charter Class. Up to five may be elected to the 2012 class. The Committee and Board plan to gradually reduce the size of subsequent Hall of Fame classes.
Announcement and recognition of inductees – Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame inductees will be announced on Friday, June 8, 2012, at the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. The inductees will be enshrined on an Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Wall of Honor to be located in the Appalachian Trail Museum.
Located in Pine Grove Furnace State Park and at the midway point of the Appalachian Trail, the museum is across from the Pine Grove General Store on Pennsylvania Route 233. The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day and on weekends from noon to 4 p.m. in the spring and fall.
About the Appalachian Trail Museum Society
The Appalachian Trail Museum Society, a 501-C-3 not-for-profit organization formed in 2002, organizes programs, exhibits, volunteers and fundraising nationwide for the Appalachian Trail Museum. The museum opened on June 5, 2010, as a tribute to the thousands of men, women and families who have hiked and maintained the 2,181 mile long hiking trail that passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. Located in the Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Gardners, Pennsylvania, the museum is conveniently near Carlisle, Gettysburg and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Additional information is available at www.atmuseum.org.
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