scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: It's ELECTION TIME!!
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Sat Jun 10 2000 - 10:55:55 CDT
(I apologize for the massive crossposting today; but I wanted to make sure
that everyone gets an opportunity to participate. Please pass along this
information to other Scouting-related groups...)
This past week, we on Scouts-L and on Embers have been talking about the
closure of the BSA's National Scout Museum. For those not familiar with
the information, here's the summary.
The BSA has had a national museum and research facility since the 30s. The
center was originally located with the BSA's National offices when they
moved out to New Jersey. In the 80s, the BSA decided a more centralized
location for the archives of the movement was needed, and so they found a
receptive partner in Murray State University, part of the Kentucky public
college system, and located near Land Between the Lakes National Gateway,
one of the BSA's -then seven national Outdoor Adventure Bases. Over the
years, thousands of youth and adults would make the trek to or through this
small western Kentucky town to visit the new center.
The University needs more facilities and with it, the BSA must move. Plus,
the BSA wasn't getting everything they thought they would benefit from the
Musuem and shop being located there....so, in November of this year, the
National Scout Museum will close its' doors until a new site is selected
and all of the archives can be moved to the new location.
Hence, the survey. This is your time to share where YOU think the BSA's
next move should be, Yeah, yeah, there's a lot of rumors circulating
talking about where the BSA "is going to move it all too", but for ONCE,
wouldn't be nice if a cross-section of Scouters had some input??
That's what I thought too. So, with the technical savvy of Doug Gentry,
the webmaster of the Dynapolis Scouting Communities (Thanks again, Doug!!),
the following survey has been posted onto his Bowline website:
The question has been written as the following:
"The Boy Scouts of America's national museum will close in November at it's
current site on the campus of Murray State University, Kentucky. If you
were on the BSA's National Executive Board, and given the below choices,
where would YOU place the new National Museum of the Boy Scouts of America?"
The options are (based on the discussion and side discussions):
*On the campus of Philmont's Volunteer Training Center, in Roswell, New Mexico
*In Irving, Texas, in the building last occupied by the South Central
*In Kansas City, Missouri, in the building last used by the North Central
*On the campus of Fort Snelling, Minnesota, close to Fort Snelling State Park
*In Chicago, the home base of W.D. Boyce, the guy responsible for Scouts in
*On the campus of Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, close to the entryway to the
quadiannual National Scout Jamboree
*Or stop with the permanent museum but create a series of travelling
museums available for usage by all Councils and other organizations; the
home base for the road shows would be Charlotte, North Carolina (the BSA's
National Distribution Center).
*...or some other place
Please vote. While the results may not be binding, at least it will give
the BSA's Facilities Task Force something worthwhile to consider. And yes,
Doug and I will send them a paper copy of the final results.
Thanks for your participation, thanks for your concern in this historical
treasure, and thanks for reading this posting. I'm off to vote!!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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