Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame seeks inductees for 2014



Article Published: Jan. 2, 2014 | Modified: Jan. 2, 2014
Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame seeks inductees for 2014


Nominees for the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 28, to recognize those who have made a significant contribution toward establishing and maintaining the 2,185-mile footpath that passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia.

The 16 hall of fame inductees named in the first three 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, and Everett “Eddie” Stone.

Those eligible for inclusion include anyone who has made an exceptional and positive contribution to the Appalachian Trail or Appalachian Trail community. It could be by leadership, inspiration, service, achievement or innovation.

Factors include, 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 AT; hikers who have made significant accomplishments and other persons who have enriched the culture or community of the Appalachian Trail by their association with it.

Eligible persons can be living or deceased. The emphasis will be on people who have made their contribution to the AT during a long period, whether or not they are still active.

Nominations will be solicited from throughout the hiking and trails community. The easiest way to submit a nomination is by using the online site, http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YKZ5ZSY.

Nominations also may be submitted using the paper nomination form. Copies of the form can be obtained at http://tinyurl.com/k2dwm3o or by requesting one from the museum.

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.

Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame inductees will be announced in early May, and the induction ceremony will be June 6 at the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Pa.

The inductees will be enshrined on an Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Wall of Honor at the Appalachian Trail Museum.

Located in Pine Grove Furnace State Park and at the midway point of the Appalachian Trail, the museum is located in Gardners, Pa.

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