Re: Warnign about using historical societies
Stephen M. Hoar (shoar@INFINET.COM)
Thu, 17 Oct 1996 14:03:31 -0400
At 07:40 AM 10/16/96 -0600, you wrote:
>Just a quick note to everyone who may be in Colorado (though it may be
>applicable elsewhere, too).
>These have all been unrelated incidents. I'm not saying that scouts
>shouldn't contact historical societies and museums. I used to work as a
>museum director and loved the help scouts could give.
>What I AM saying is that, in Colorado at least, scouts and scouters
>should have some reservations about working with historical societies,
>and make certain a back-up is planned for any last minute changes. I
>can say that my boys are no longer interested in doing ANYTHING for any
>historical site in Colorado, and several of them were excited enough
>about doing their research for the HTA that they were thinking about
>something like this for their Eagle projects. Not anymore.
> -- Jason A. Cruse
It is really unfortunate that the experiences have been this way for
the folks in COlorado. Ours have been just the opposite in Ohio. With
hundreds of sites under the cover of the Ohio Historical Society, they
come to us asking for help. Many many Eagle projects have been done at
sites associated with Historical Native American Indian cultural sites.
Ohio is loaded with burial and effigy mounds, flint mining operations, and
sits of occupancy. From my experience we have a relationship based on
respect, friendship, and a common goal. They have neither the budget
or workforce to do all that needs to be done. Scouts have become
a counted upon part of their program.
Steve in Newark
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City