As announced earlier in the year, a Hall of Fame is being established by the Appalachian Trail Museum Society to recognize those who have made a significant contribution toward establishing and maintaining the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail.
"The Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame is a natural fit with the museum that opened last June," said Larry Luxenberg, president of the Appalachian Trail Museum Society. "The trail and the museum represent the collective efforts of volunteers who have made countless contributions in ways that are as varied as the personalities who have been involved. The hall of fame will recognize those people who have unselfishly devoted their time, energy and resources toward making the Appalachian Trail a national treasure."
As part of that announcement, the museum has been soliciting nominations for the hall from throughout the hiking and trails community. The nomination period closes on March 31, 2011. The museum is encouraging folks to continue to send in nominations, regardless of whether the person you’d like to nominate has already been named or not.
The following is a list of the persons who have been nominated for the hall as of February 28, 2011:
Benton MacKaye, Bill Bryson, Bob Peoples, Bob Proudman, Carol "Rambunny" Barnes, Casey Fulp, Charles Parry, Charles R. Rinaldi, Dan "Wingfoot" Bruce, Dave Startzell, Don O'Neal, Dorothy Laker, Earl V. Shaffer, Ed Garvey, Eddie Stone, Gene Espy, Gordon Burgess, "Grandma" Emma Rowena Gatewood, Harold "Houdini" Richards, Horace Kephart, Jean Stephenson, Karen Lutz, Mark "Stumpknocker" Suiters, Merlyn Seeley, Minnesota Smith, Miss Janet Hensley, Myron H. Avery, Norman D. Sills, Phyllis Henry, Ron Haven, Rufus Morgan, Steve Clark, Thurston Griggs, Tillie Wood, Tom Lavardi, (Ms.) Vaughn Thomas, Warren Doyle
Nominees will be formally inducted into the hall during the first annual Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday evening, June 17, 2011.
Located in a 200-year-old, restored grist mill in historic Pine Grove Furnace State Park and at the midway point of the 2,181-mile-long Appalachian Trail, the museum is across from the Pine Grove General Store on Pennsylvania Route 233 in Cumberland County.