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The Appalachian Trail Museum will accept nominees for the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Class of 2014 through Friday, February 28, 2014. This will be the fourth class of the Hall of Fame, which was founded in 2011. The A.T. Hall of Fame was established to recognize people who have made a significant contribution toward establishing, promoting and maintaining the approximately 2,186 mile footpath that passes from Maine to Georgia through 14 states.
The Appalachian Trail Museum, home of the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame
Sixteen trail leaders have been inducted to the Hall of Fame in the first three years. They are Myron Avery, Gene Espy, Ed Garvey, Benton MacKaye, Arthur Perkins and Earl Shaffer (Charter Class of 2011); Emma “Grandma” Gatewood, David A Richie, J. Frank Schairer, Jean Stephenson and William Adams Welch (Class of 2012); Ruth Blackburn, David Field, David Sherman, David Startzell, and Everett (Eddie) Stone (Class of 2013).
The guidelines of the Hall of Fame include the following criteria for nominating and selecting honorees:
“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; leaders who promoted and protected the A.T.; 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 persons who have made their contributions to the A.T. over a long period, whether or not they are still active. Six individuals were elected in the first year. The sizes of the succeeding classes will be gradually reduced to create the maximum degree of honor and exclusivity. The first few classes will be comprised primarily of important historical figures (living or deceased) rather than contemporary figures. Eligibility and selection will be determined without regard to race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin.”
Nominations are being 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. You need not be a member of any hiking organization to submit a nomination. A nominator may only make one nomination per election cycle. Nominators are 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 deadline to submit nominations is Friday, February 28, 2014.
The 2014 Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame inductees will be announced in early May. The induction ceremony will be on Friday, June 6, 2014, at the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. Each inductee will be enshrined on an Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Wall of Honor at the Appalachian Trail Museum. The Museum is located in Cumberland County, PA near Gardners, about halfway between Gettysburg and Carlisle. It is in Pine Grove Furnace State Park close to the midway point of the Appalachian Trail, across from the Pine Grove General Store on Pennsylvania Route 233.