brought to you by Joe Harold, Appalachian Trail Museum Manager
Business is boomin' at the Museum this June. There are lots of hikers coming through and our visitor counts are rising. The weather is rather pleasant and our new Children's Museum is a hit. The grounds around the museum have been transformed with some great landscape additions and the ramp is nearing completion.
Thanks to all of you for your help. It is certainly appreciated.
A.T. Hall of Fame Inducts Four
Honored were Maurice Forrester, Horace Kephart, our own Larry Luxenberg and Henry Arch Nichols. The HOF committee had the pleasure of having Charter HOF Member Gene Espy present Larry his Hiking Stick (fondly referred to as a Bodhi or Bo D. HOFman)
|Henry Arch Nichols|
New Children's Museum Opens
|Gwen speaks to the crowd before the ribbon cutting|
|Margy and Gwen prepare to open the door to a whole new Museum experience|
|Your journey starts here...|
|Jennifer reads one of her stories to the gathered children|
It was a very good day for the Museum.
|Visitors enjoy the Reading Hut|
Welcome Our New Intern
|Tim introduces Eric who told us all the scary details of ticks and Lyme|
and the steps to take to protect yourself at last Sunday's Program
If you are around on any of the next several weekends, please welcome Tim to the A.T. Museum family.
Program Added for June 26th
At 2:00 pm, Tim Atwell, (our intern) will present:
The Necessity of Adventure Experiences in Modern Youth
In the 1930’s, German educator, Kurt Hahn, identified six social declines that hindered the proper development of youth. In response, he developed a school called Outward Bound which is considered the foundation of modern day adventure education.
Recognizing that these declines are evident in today’s youth, a two week-long wilderness backpacking experience was designed to specifically address these issues. This experience was provided by the Messiah College Office of Adventure Programming, and was designed, implemented, and evaluated by Tim Atwell, an Adventure Education Major Senior.
Come listen to Tim discuss his findings. You may not be surprised that there were gains made in all of the 6 declines, especially around the areas related to mental toughness.
This seems like a very interesting topic. We still have a lot of vacant slots for August this year. If you have a presentation you would like to give, let me know and we will get you on the schedule. See all our Program Descriptions on our Programs Page.
Positions Available at the Museum
I have decided to step down as manager at the end of this season. You see, there is this trail... That people like to hike for a real long time... That's what I want to do. That's what I need to do. So, with that said, we need to find my replacement.
I won't be leaving until the end of the year, so the search is only beginning. I hike in 2017.
I have proposed to the board, and they are in the process of ironing out the details, of splitting my job into two positions. We feel that this will separate the two parts of the job so that more direct effort can be placed on both.
Here is the plan so far (subject to amendment and alteration by the board)
A.T. Museum Manager - The manager will be responsible for retail sales and stocking, building and grounds maintenance, Road Scholar Hikes, event planning and outreach. The manager will also directly supervise the Volunteer Coordinator.
Volunteer Coordinator (Asst Manager) - The Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for recruiting, training and scheduling the docents and other volunteers, manage the Sunday Public Programs, supervise any interns, and help with event planning and outreach.
So if any of this strikes you as something you might want to take on, stand by for additional information and an official announcement. I certainly would love to have members of the current A.T. Museum family step into the job(s). Your experience and familiarity with the Museum's processes would definitely be a plus.
Things Coming Down the TrailJune 19th, 2016 - Program: Drag'N Fly and Freckles
June 26th, 2016 - Program: The Necessity of Adventure Experiences in Modern Youth
June 27th, 2016 - Road Scholar Hike
July 3rd, 2016 - Program: Hiker Picnic and Stories
July 10th, 2016 - Program: Wild Edibles
July 17th, 2016 - Program: Backpacking with a Dog
July 24th, 2016 - Program: Starting out Halfway... WV, MD and PA on the A.T.
|Leonard Adam "Baltimore Jack" Tarlin - 1958 - 2016|