Historic Hiking Gear (50’s & 60’s) and Appalachian Trail/Dartmouth Outing Club Documents

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The Hanover (NH) Area Friends of the A.T. would like to have a contingent of Appalachian Trail hikers (thru-hikers, section hikers) in our 250th Birthday parade on July 4, 2011 as part of our efforts to celebrate the presence of the A.T. in our town and promote appreciation of the trail by residents and visitors. If you would like to take another brief hike on the A.T. as part of this celebration, please contact Larry Litten at larry.litten@gmail.com for details.

The Friends group is also planning to have some historic displays in conjunction with the birthday celebration. One display, at the Mountain Goat outfitters, will contrast contemporary backpacking equipment with equipment from earlier eras (we especially hope to obtain equipment from the 50s and 60s, when thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail got its real start).

Another display, at Hanover Outdoors will feature historic publications.  We are looking for historic publications mentioning the Appalachian Trail and or the Dartmouth Outing Club.

If you live in the Vermont or New Hampshire area and are willing to lend a backpack or sleeping bag, or any other backpacking equipment from a bygone era, to this exhibit (on display from June-September), please contact Larry at larry.litten@gmail.com or Nichole at nichole.l.hastings@gmail.com

Thank you!