Commonwealth Speakers Program. This presentation provides an overview of Pennsylvania's rich history of hiking and trails from the founding of the earliest clubs in the 1910s through to the present. Learn about hikers' significant contributions to the environmental movement. Discover the unique culture of hiking that emerged out of local clubs and provided an impetus for "getting back to nature" throughout most of the 20th century. Find out about the colorful characters who constructed thousands of miles of hiking trails across Pennsylvania, linking natural areas and communities. The focus on hiking provides a unique opportunity to explore the ways in which Pennsylvanians interact with the natural world. Audiences are encouraged to share their own experiences of hiking.
Sponsoring Organization: Adams County Library System.
Commonwealth Speakers is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.