"Inductees into our hall of fame include those who believed in the importance of the trail from its inception and then set out to prove that hiking from Maine to Georgia was not only possible, but enjoyable," said Larry Luxenberg, president of the Appalachian Trail Museum Society. "Hiking the trail’s 2,184 miles is itself a badge of honor. Being inducted into the hall of fame is the ultimate recognition for an Appalachian Trail pioneer, maintainer or hiker."
Hall of Fame nominees include pioneers who conceived of and developed the trail; those who organized or directed major trail organizations like the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs; longtime trail maintainers;
Mark Wenger, new executive director of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, will be the featured speaker at the June 8 event. The conservancy works with federal, state and local agencies and Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs in the cooperative management of the trail. An avid hiker, Wenger has worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and as a volunteer outdoors leader with the Boy Scouts and other groups. Over an eight year period, he section hiked the entire Appalachian Trail.
Jim Foster, chair of the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame selection committee, said a 6 p.m. reception will precede the dinner at 7 p.m. The cost of the reception and dinner is $30 for museum members and $40 for others. Former Cumberland County Commissioner and avid outdoorsman Rick Rovegno will emcee, and reception music will be provided by the New South Mountain Ramblers.
Complete information on the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet is available at this website: http://atmbanquet2012.eventbrite.com/
Appalachian Trail Museum
1120 Pine Grove Road
Gardners, PA 17324
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Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame inductees are honored in the Appalachian Trail Museum, which has had approximately 20,000 visitors from throughout the United States and 18 other countries since it opened in Pine Grove Furnace State Park in June 2010. Located 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 2,184 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.