PRLog - Jan. 10, 2012 - CARLISLE, Pa. -- The Appalachian Trail Museum Society has elected a national board of directors as the organization completes its second year of operations of the popular Appalachian Trail Museum. The Appalachian Trail Museum Society was formed in 2002 as the non-profit organization to establish the museum as a tribute to the thousands of men, women and families who hike and maintain the trail. Arguably the most famous hiking trail in the world, the Appalachian Trail is 2,181 miles long and connects 14 states from Maine to Georgia.
Larry Luxenberg at the Appalachian Trail Museum
Larry Luxenberg, who initiated the effort to create a museum to honor the trail a 14 years ago, was re-elected president of the organization that he founded. A resident of New City, New York, he hiked it end-to-end in 1980. His book, Walking the Appalachian Trail, covers the trail’s history, its culture and the colorful personalities who hike the trail.
Terry Harley-Wilson of French Lick, Indiana, was elected vice president. Jay Sexton of Gardners, Pennsylvania, was elected treasurer, and Bill O’Brien of Meriden, Connecticut, was elected secretary. Rounding out the 13-member board are:
Steve Paradis of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Laurie Potteiger, of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Noel DeCavalcante of Melbourne, Florida
JR Tate of Woodlawn, Tennessee
Kent Wilson of French Lick, Indiana
Joe Patterson of New Holland and Orrtanna, Pennsylvania
Robert Croyle of Savannah, Georgia
Gwen Loose of York, Pennsylvania
Tom Johnson of Vienna, Virginia
The Appalachian Trail Museum Society Board works with volunteers nationwide, architects, display designers, historians and donors to operate and maintain the 200-year-old grist mill in Pine Grove Furnace State Park. The mill opened on Saturday, June 5, 2010, and has had approximately 20,000 visitors from across the United States and internationally.
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.