Messersmith, Donald Howard, 1928-

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The Potomac Area Council American Youth Hostels (PAC-AYH) is an organization that promotes outdoor recreational activities, including bicycling, hiking, and bird-watching, and runs three youth hostels in Washington, Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, and Baltimore. It is affiliated with Hostelling International and Hostelling International USA (formerly American Youth Hostels (AYH)). Justin Cline founded the Potomac Area Council in 1943 as an offshoot of the international hostelling movement. In the 1950s it was active in promoting trails, working with William O. Douglas to preserve the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (see C&O Canal Association records, MS2027). PAC's main hostel, as well as its headquarters, is currently located at 11th and K Streets, NW, in Washington. PAC has published several newsletters and brochures, as well as hiking and bicycling guides. Don Messersmith, a professor of Entomology and Ornithology at the University of Maryland, has been involved with PAC since 1950 and as the donor, he is the most prominently featured individual in the collection.

From the description of Potomac Area Council American Youth Hostels records, 1943-2005, bulk 1946-2005. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70628900

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Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith American Youth Hostels, inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Douglas, William O. (William Orville), 1898-1980. person
associatedWith International Youth Hostel Federation. corporateBody
associatedWith Potomac Area Council American Youth Hostels. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (Md. and Washington, D.C.)
Washington Region
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Youth hostels
Bird watching
Tourist camps, hostels, etc


Birth 1928

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