AT Museum Programs - 2017


Public Programs @ Appalachian Trail Museum


Each weekend between Memorial Day and Labor Day (usually 2:00pm on Saturdays or Sundays) the A.T. Museum will present Public Programs.  Each presentation will cover a different topic of interest dealing with hiking, the A.T., the local area or something fun. 

//Programs are free and open to the public...Donations are appreciated.
//Children 12 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult.
//Weather permitting and when appropriate, programs will be held outdoors on the grounds of the museum.
//Public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
//Plan to arrive early and ask at the museum for program location.
//Programs are subject to change.  Visit this blog or www.atmuseum.org for current information.  

                                                                                                                                  

//Saturday May 27 2017 2:00pm - Presentation by: Tom Johnson




"How the Appalachian Trail Came to Pennsylvania


Tom Johnson is an excellent speaker and will be talking about how the Appalachian Trail was developed in Our local area. 

This presentation will be held inside the AT Museum's lower level where the children's exhibits are on display. This presentation should last about an hour leaving time for questions and answers after.
                                                                                                                                  

//Sunday June 11 2017 2:00pm - Presentation by: Lorrie Preston


"Bears, Rivers, & Pastoral Beauty - NJ, NY, CT & MA on the Appalachian Trail"

Lorrie Preston, a.k.a. "Shutterbug" is an A.T. Museum Docent, SATC and CVATC Member


Did you know that NJ has the most bears per square mile of any state along the A.T.?  
It's true!  
Join us as we take a closer look at the serene beauty and surprises that the trail brings from NJ through MA, as Shutterbug & friends continue their section-hike of the A.T. through the seasons.  This multi-media program is fifth in a series highlighting the natural beauty, history, and memories that make each state that the trail passes through a unique experience, all its own.
                                                                                                                                  

//Sunday June 25 2017 2:00pm - Movie Night: 79 min.




"An American Legend:  Horace Kephart, His Life and Legacy"  


A.T. Hall of Fame inductee Horace Kephart's vision helped to establish the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  His life as an author, scholar and outdoorsman is told in captivating detail in this historic documentary with never before seen photographs, documents and original music and art.  It features contributions by film makers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan.
                                                                                                                                  

//Saturday July 1 2017 Noon-4:00pm - Hiker Picnic/Halfway Picnic


Bring food and/or enjoy the Park while hanging out with hikers and sharing stories from the trail. If you would like to volunteer please follow the link to Signup for bringing food or greeting hikers.

                                                                                                                                  

//Saturday July 15 2017 2:00pm - Presentation by: Jeff Ryan




"Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year hike on America’s trail"




Maine author Jeffrey Ryan will present a lecture and book signing at the Appalachian Trail Museum in Gardners, Pennsylvania about his highly acclaimed book, Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year hike on America’s trail.
“I am so excited to get back to the Appalachian Trail Museum this year”, says Jeff. “I gave a presentation last year to an enthusiastic crowd and can’t wait to return!”
The former Executive Editor of National Geographic has described Appalachian Odyssey as, “destined to be a classic of nature and travel writing.”  The story of how two friends began hiking the “AT” in 1985 and saw their hike through to completion in 2013 is rich in history, humor and friendship. Many reviewers have remarked that the book makes the reader feel as though they were on the trail every step of the way.
Beautifully illustrated through the use of maps and photos shot by the author, Appalachian Odyssey delivers a depth of experience that is a real treat. Ryan will also give a sneak preview of his upcoming book, Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery and the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail, which will be out in time for autumn reading and gift giving season.
Copies of Appalachian Odyssey will be available for purchase and signing.



                                                                                                                                  

//Saturday July 22 2017 2:00pm - Presentation by: Tom Johnson


Myron Avery and the Creation of the AT.

Tom Johnson is an excellent speaker and will be talking about how the Appalachian Trail was developed in Our local area. 

This presentation will be held inside the AT Museum's lower level where the children's exhibits are on display. This presentation should last about an hour leaving time for questions and answers after.
                                                                                                                                  


//Saturday July 29 2017 2:00pm - Andre Weltman




Charcoal Hearths, Collier Huts, and Haul Roads: Traces of the Pig Iron Industry across South Mountain"


Mr. Andre Weltman is our local historian/reenactor and will be giving a power-point presentation on our local history about, “Charcoal Hearths, Collier Huts, and Haul Roads: Traces of the Pig Iron Industry across South Mountain" 

This presentation will be held inside the AT Museum's lower level where the children's exhibits are on display. This presentation should last about an hour leaving time for questions and answers after.


                                                                                                                                  

//Sunday July 30 2017 2:00pm - Presentation by: Roy Justice

"Songs of Appalachia"

Roy is known as the Singing Historian who presents programs on topics of American History. He also sells his music which is a combination of the time period it comes from and where geologically it came from. Please take some time to check out his website at www.royhjustice.com 

Just as hiking the AT is not just a ‘stroll through the woods’ the Appalachian Mountains are not just 'a nice group of hills' - they are a beautiful monument to the grandeur and beauty of nature with a deep and rich history all their own. Tradition and culture and are only a part of the legacy that the people of these mountains have contributed to the American landscape. Explore the history, mystery, and contribution that this region has made to the development of America with Roy as he ‘ alks' this unique historical journey with you through the music and stories of the people who settled in these hills centuries ago and influenced a new nation. From ‘gatherin' songs' like Skip to my Lou, to ‘holler’ songs like Cumberland Gap, to songs of Faith - The Sunny Side of Life - all have had a place in the rich texture and tough circumstances of mountain life along the Appalachian Mountain Chain. Bring your voice, join in the singing, and become a part of the story that is Appalachia!  

                                                                                                                                                             

//Sunday August 6 2017 2:00pm - Presentation by: Larry Marschall


" A MUST-SEE: The Great American Solar Eclipse of  August 21, 2017"


Larry is an active professional astronomer and a volunteer at the Appalachian Trail Museum. On a side note, he is also a talented banjo player. 


 Total eclipses of the sun are among the most wondrous and awe-inspiring of celestial events, but none has been visible in the continental United States since 1979.   Eclipse chasers normally have to travel to exotic spots like Siberia, Southern Africa, or Central America to experience a few minutes of blissful darkness, but we are fortunate, this year. On August 21, 2017, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the entire United States from Oregon through the midwest to South Carolina over the course of an hour and a half.  In this colorfully illustrated talk, we'll explore the astronomical nature of solar eclipses, their historical significance, and their significance in the scientific age. We'll also give tips on how and where to view the eclipse and what to watch for before, during, and after totality.  (Also see https://eclipse.aas.org/?)

                                                                                                                                                             

//Sunday August 20 2017 2:00pm - Presentation by: Marian Orlousky




"Leave No Trace"


Marian is a Leave No Trace volunteer state advocate for Pennsylvania and will be talking about Leave No Trace outside on the AT Museums rampitheater. 

Please bring your kids, grand kids, future hikers, past hikers and the lot for an enjoyable talk outside!


                                                                                                                                                             




//Sunday October 1 2017 2:00pm - Presentation by: Nan Reisinger "Dragon Fly"

"Getting ready for a thru hike"

Dragonfly is the oldest woman to thru hike the AT and a volunteer at the AT Museum. She will be talking about getting ready for a thru hike. What to take and what to eat. Come taste and sample her trail food recipes! 

Taste and see that the trail is good!







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