Wanted: Nominees for 2015 Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame

Published Jan 10, 2015

Grandma Gatewood Display at Appalachian Trail Museum ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Grandma Gatewood Display at Appalachian Trail Museum ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

President of the Appalachian Trail Museum Society Larry Luxenberg says nominees for the fifth class of the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame will be accepted through Saturday, February 28, 2015.

It's pretty obvious, but the AT Hall of Fame was created to recognize men and women who have made significant contributions toward establishing and maintaining our beloved footpath that transcends the land along 14 states from Maine to Georgia.

According to Larry, "Nominees should be people who have made a significant positive contribution to the Appalachian Trail and who have unselfishly devoted their time, energy and resources toward making the Appalachian Trail a national treasure."

The first few classes will be comprised primarily of important historical figures (living or deceased) rather than contemporary figures. Each of these pioneers played critical roles in building, maintaining and publicizing the Appalachian Trail.

The twenty Hall of Fame inductees named in the first four years include: Myron Avery, Gene Espy, Ed Garvey, Benton MacKaye, Arthur Perkins, Earl Shaffer, Emma "Grandma" Gatewood, David A Richie, J. Frank Schairer, Jean Stephenson, William Adams Welch, Ruth Blackburn, David Field, David Sherman, David Startzell, Everett (Eddie) Stone, A. Rufus Morgan, Charles R. Rinaldi, Clarence S. Stein and Pamela Underhill.

The Appalachian Trail Museum Society Board elected six people to the 2011 Charter Class, five to the 2012 Class, five to the 2013 Class and four to the 2014 Class. Up to four inductees may be elected to the 2015 Class. The sizes of the succeeding classes will be gradually reduced to create the maximum degree of honor and exclusivity.

Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Eligibility Criteria

Anyone who has made an exceptional and positive contribution to the Appalachian Trail or Appalachian Trail community may be considered for inclusion.

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, such as the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Appalachian Trail clubs; maintaining clubs; longtime trail maintainers; leaders who promoted and protected the A.T.; hikers who have made significant accomplishment;, and, other persons who have enriched the culture or community of the Appalachian Trail.

Eligible persons can be living or deceased. The emphasis will be on persons who have made their contribution to the AT over a long period, whether or not they are still active. Eligibility and selection will be determined without regard to race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Eligibility Nominations

Nominations will be solicited from throughout the hiking and trails community. A nominator need not be a member of any hiking organization to submit a nomination.

A nominator may only make one nomination per election cycle. Nominators will be asked to justify their nomination in a brief statement not exceeding 200 words that describes the nominee and why he or she fits the criteria.

The easiest way to submit a nomination is to Click Here.

Nominations also may be submitted using the paper nomination form. Copies of the form can be obtained by Clicking Here or by requesting one from the museum.

The deadline for nominations is Saturday, February 28, 2015.

Hall of Fame Election Committee

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, Gwen Loose, Larry Luxenberg, Bill O'Brien and David Sherman (a 2013 Hall of Fame inductee).

The Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Committee will deliver the slate of finalists to the museum board by March 15, 2015, for subsequent review and elections.

Recognition of Hall of Fame Inductees

Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame inductees will be announced in early May. An Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Friday, June 5, 2015, at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.

The inductees will be honored on the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Wall of Honor at the Appalachian Trail Museum, located in Pine Grove Furnace State Park. The museum is across from the Pine Grove General Store on Pennsylvania Route 233, near the midway point of the Appalachian Trail.

Appalachian Trail Museum ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Appalachian Trail Museum ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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 approximately 2,186 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 positioned near Carlisle, Gettysburg and Chambersburg.

Click Here for the Appalachian Trail Museum


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