A.T. Museum Programs - 2018

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.  

//Thursday, May 31, 2018, 6:30 pm - Presentation by Gwen Loose

"Women of the A.T."

While Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery are widely recognized as the “founding fathers” of the Appalachain Trail, the women who contributed to the Trail project are mostly unknown – until now. Three women – Jean Stephenson, Ruth Blackburn and Margaret Drummond – will join the ranks of MacKaye and Avery as A.T. “giants” who carried their vision and work forward to preserve the trail we all know and love today.


//Saturday, June 2nd, 11:00am - 2:00pm - A.T. Museum Children's Festival

Calling all kids ages 12 and under. Come learn about the A.T. hiker half-gallon ice cream challenge, enjoy a self-guided hike along the A.T., and eat your own half-pint of ice cream.

11:00am - 12:00pm: Scavenger Hunt/Self Guided Hike & Games/Team Building Activities

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Half Pint Ice Cream Challenge & Leave No Trace Activities

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Yard Games & Tournament


//Sunday, June 10th, 2:00 pm - Presentation by Lorrie Preston

Welcome to the North Woods - Challenges and Rewards of the A.T. in Vermont & New Hampshire
Presented by AT Museum Docent and hiker Lorrie Preston  

The pulse quickens when you hit the trail in the North Woods.  The fragrance of conifers, muddy bogs, mossy glades, signs of moose, remote wilderness, rocks that require climbing more than hiking, and breathtaking views of spectacular mountains and valleys for as far as the eye can see, all create a special magic on the trail.  The Green and White Mountains, the Presidentials, the AMC huts, confronting Mt. Washington - known for some of the worst weather on Earth - all combine to create what feels like the biggest adventure yet along the trail.  In this 7th in a series showcasing the A.T. through the 14 states, we'll enjoy the beauty of alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and everything in between.  

//Saturday, July 7th, 12pm - 4pm... - AT Halfway Hiker & Volunteer Picnic

We’ll be cooking burgers and hot dogs for the hikers and volunteers on the Appalachian Trail to celebrate with the hikers for making it halfway. 


//Sunday, July 15th, 2:00 pm - Presentation by Nathaniel "Angry Bird"

"Adventures of Angry Bird on the Appalachian Trail (2012)"

Angry Bird will share stories about his Southbound Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2012 and what he is doing now on the Appalachian Trail. This presentation will be a slideshow of pictures taken from a phone that was dropped in the creek the first day on trail. He will tell the stories of how a gos hawk attacked him, how a bear stole his mess kit, how he got lost in the 100 mile wilderness and how he waded through snow in the Roan Highlands... Come see how his gear has changed and ask what hiking plans he has for the future!


//Sunday, July 29th, 2:00 pm - Presentation by Nathaniel "Angry Bird"

"Adventures of Angry Bird on the Via Alpina in Switzerland (2015)"

A journey of discovery on 370km of the Via Alpina in Switzerland. The Via Alpina is part of a long-distance network of hiking trails reaching over 5000km linking Monoco with Trieste (there are color-coded trails that connect at various locations). The trail extends over 8 Alpine countries... Monoco, France, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia. Along the Alps you will find the largest wilderness in Southern Europe. The green trail through Switzerland is full of snow, green mountain life and yodeling farmers in locations you would never expect to find them. There are many stories and pictures of walking into a trap that was made by the international scouts, accidentally shocking a donkey through an electric fence and climbing the highest peak in Germany.


//Sunday, August 12th, 2:00 pm - Presentation by Andre Weltman

Water Races of Pine Grove Furnace

Andre Weltman, local historian and chairman of the Friends of Pine Grove Furnace, will speak about iron company waterwheels & water races. Many of the old water supply channels are still visible in or near Pine Grove Furnace State Park, but are not recognized by visitors. Operation of the iron company’s water-powered grist mill -- today, the home of the A.T. Museum -- will be featured.


//Sunday, (To Be Determined) - Presentation by Tom Benjey

"Craighead Family Naturalists"

The Craighead family was among the earliest settlers of present-day Cumberland County. In the 1730s, they made their homes along the Yellow Breeches Creek 3 miles west of Boiling Springs. The early history of that family is not the subject of this talk. It is what the 20th century family members accomplished as teenagers that Dr. Benjey will talk about. When only 15, the Craighead twins accepted a challenge from an Army Air Corps aviator and ended up popularizing a sport previously unpracticed in North America. This work served as a springboard for the boys and their younger sister, Newbery-winning author Jean Craighead George, for their illustrious careers as naturalists.

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