CANCELLED - this event has been cancelled as of 6/20 due to the speaker's illness. He will not be able to make either related event.Silas Chamberlin’s On the Trail: A History of American Hiking (Yale University Press, 2016) is the first national history of the American hiking community. From urban walking clubs in the 1800s, to tens of millions of Americans hiking on trails blazed in every region of the country, learn the full account of the unique history of the American hiking community and its rich, nationwide culture.
Delving into unexplored archives, including those of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Sierra Club, Green Mountain Club, and others, Silas Chamberlin recounts the activities of hikers who over many decades formed clubs, built trails, and advocated for environmental protection. He also discusses the shifting attitudes of the late 1960s and early 1970s when ideas about traditional volunteerism shifted and new hikers came to see trail blazing and maintenance as government responsibilities. Chamberlin explores the implications for hiking groups, future club leaders, and the millions of others who find happiness, inspiration, and better health on America’s trails.
Praise for On the Trail:
“A highly detailed and engaging look at the foundational role hiking clubs have played both trail building and the conservation movement – and a reminder of the need to engage a new generation in this mission.”—John Judge, President and CEO, Appalachian Mountain Club
Following his talk, please join the author for a book signing. Copies of On the Trail will be available for purchase. Presented in coordination with FreeWalkers’s Speaker Series.