Back in 2010, Museum volunteers led by Laurie Potteiger of ATC and Terry Harley Wilson digitized the Polaroid pictures taken of A.T. hikers who passed through Harpers Ferry, WV, so that they could be posted on a website, athikerpictures.org and made available to visitors on a computer at the Museum. Museum volunteer Jeff Schmidt helped to develop the website and post the photos. That effort covered the photos taken between 1979 and mid-2008, when ATC replaced the Polaroid camera with a modern digital model.
In 2021 we posted on our website and social media that we needed someone with tech skills to update the site and add the photos taken since 2008. These posts were picked up by other hiking sites. Scott Yoder stepped forward and said he might be able to help. Did he ever. He helped us to migrate the site to new, more functional platform. He upgraded the software. Now, under Scott's direction, we are uploading the newer digital photos. Check out the updated athikerpictures.org to see Scott's handiwork.
Scott tells us he started section hiking in 2008 when a childhood friend of his asked if he wanted to join him for a 3-day hike on the A.T. in Shenandoah National Park. He and Scott had desk jobs (Scott's buddy was a lawyer) so they were looking to escape the daily grinds of their jobs and get outside. Scott says "In the 14 years since then I've hiked about 650 miles of the trail, from Pearisburg, VA to the Delaware Water Gap, mostly over long weekends several times a year. As my kids get older, I'm hoping to be able to find some larger blocks of time in order to complete larger sections. I don't know whether I'll ever complete the trail, but I have discovered that the journey is its own reward."
Museum volunteers come armed with all sorts of skills. We can use docents to keep the Museum open, women and men with construction skills, people who can paint, and folks with many other abilities. We're sure you have skills that we can use. Email our manager, Julie Queen, at email@example.com if you'd like to help.