Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Troop History
Re: Troop History
Mon, 12 Oct 1998 14:43:24 -0500
At 09:43 AM 10/12/98 -0500, you wrote:
>We are looking into putting together a complete history of our troop. We
>need some good ideas on how to go about doing this. ... Does National or
the Council have any
>information on previous charters of a troop. Where can we go to find out
>this type of information other than what very few people are left that might
Good luck. Unless your Council has a museum or archives my guess is that
theyl won't have much of anything --I know ours doesn't. Same with National.
So what do you do? A lot of work. Talk to old-timers who are still around;
they may be your best source. Don't limit yourself to your community. Your
Council or District must have a few guys who have been around
forever--"older than dirt" as we say around here.
Have someone sit down & start going through back issues of your local
newspaper--check with a library, historical society, or the paper itself.
We always have articles about special events and in the old days the paper
had a column of "Scout news" every week or so.
Have you had the same chartered organization all these years? Check in
their archives if they've kept anything. Start with the newsletter & then
go to minutes of their governing body (Trustees, Council, Board).
Is there a local historical society or museum? They may have
something--pictures, personal papers, letters, oral histories, etc. that may
You're in for a lot of tedious work. But it can be fun & you may turn up
something really interesting.
Mark W. Arend
Beaver Dam Community Library
311 N. Spring St. Outside of a dog, a book is
Beaver Dam, Wisc. 53916 man's best friend. Inside of
(920) 887-4631 (fax 887-4633) a dog it's too dark to read.
Scoutmaster, Troop 736