Carlisle, PA (Sept. 23, 2014) – Pam Underhill, retired superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, is the featured speaker at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s (ATC) fourth annual membership drive, “Relive the Legacy: The Appalachian Trail” at the Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center, located at 40 West High St. in Carlisle. The event, held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, will also showcase the never-before-seen film “The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy,” which tells the history of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) using rare film footage and photography. All proceeds will benefit the ATC and its efforts to preserve the A.T.
As one of the A.T.’s most devoted supporters from the National Park Service, Underhill served as a federal employee for 37 years before retiring in 2012. Thirty-three of those years were spent at the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office. As the A.T. Park Manager, Underhill oversaw the effort to put the Appalachian Trail on public lands. Hundreds of land tracts were acquired to protect the A.T. footpath under her leadership, leaving a lasting legacy of land conservation and a cooperative management system that will steward the lands acquired for generations to come.
In addition to Underhill, other speakers include Sam Henegar, director and producer of the event’s featured film, and Javier Folgar, director of Marketing and Communications.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to host this membership drive as it offers a unique opportunity to connect the community with this American icon—the Appalachian Trail,” said Folgar. “It offers participants a chance to hear the stories of the people who volunteer, maintain, hike and protect the Trail and interact with them in a new way.”
Limited-edition prizes like an ATC-branded ENO™ hammock and the new Thru-Hike: The Appalachian Trail board game will also be awarded throughout the evening.
Membership drive sponsors include Still Waters Imagery & Media, Inc.; ENO; Thru-Hike: The Appalachian Trail board game; Campmor; Hospitality Cover Plus+™ National Insurance Program; and Moon Shine.
“Relive the Legacy: The Appalachian Trail”
Date: Thursday, October 23
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: The Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center, 40 West High St., Carlisle, PA
Admission: Tickets begin at $30 at www.RelivetheAT.com. Children 13 and under are admitted for free.
For more information about the event, or to reserve a seat, visit www.RelivetheAT.com. Enter promo code PRAT14 to receive $5 off each ticket.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
Email: [email protected]