Boy Scouts museum moving to New Mexico
Boy Scouts museum moving to New Mexico This March 18, 2016, photo provided by John Churchill shows Boy Scouts of America museum artifacts from the 1930s, including a sash with rank and merit badge patches, canteen, first aid kit, pocket knife, and flashlight, as well as a copy of the Third Edition of the "Handbook for Boys," featuring cover artwork by Norman Rockwell. (John Churchill via AP/AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Boy Scouts museum moving to New Mexico
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From merit badges and uniforms to an impressive collection of Norman Rockwell paintings and drawings, the Boy Scouts of America will be packing up more than a century of scouting history and taking it to the wilds of northern New Mexico.
The organization will move its national museum from its current home in Texas to the Philmont Scout Ranch, which has served as an adventure destination for generations of troops and their families.
Plans call for expanding the existing Philmont Museum and Seton Memorial Library to make room for a national collection that includes more than 600,000 items and reams of historical documents and photographs.
Construction is expected to start next year, with the opening planned for 2018.
Boy Scouts officials didn't say how much the project will cost but said they're committed to preserving the 100-year history of the scouting movement through the museum's extensive collection. They say all the artifacts, fine art and documentation provides a look at Scouting's influence on American culture.
With the Philmont Ranch hosting more than 32,000 visitors each year, officials say more people will get to see the national collection.
"We considered all possibilities and decided that relocating the museum to the iconic Philmont Scout Ranch best accelerates what the museum is trying to accomplish," Rick Bragga, chairman of the museum support committee, said in a statement.
The official museum of the Boy Scouts of America got its start in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1959. It was moved to the grounds of Murray State University in Kentucky in 1986 and then was relocated in 2002 to Irving, Texas, adjacent to the organization's National Service Center.
The collection includes items from each of the national jamborees, rare merit badges, pocket knives and compasses, historical records, speeches, photographs and dozens of examples of the artwork commissioned by the organization to deliver its message.
As for Rockwell, he was best known for his covers of The Saturday Evening Post magazine that captured the spirit and popular culture of everyday American life.
In 1912, he was hired for his first gig as a staff artist for Boy's Life magazine, an official publication of the Boy Scouts. He went on to become the magazine's art editor. He later created 51 original images for the official Boy Scouts annual calendar.
In all, the decades-long partnership between Rockwell and the Scouts generated 471 images for periodicals, guidebooks and promotions. The museum's collection includes 48 original Rockwell paintings as well as 11 studies and drawings.

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How has Scouting influenced American culture?
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  • monicas-ste
    12/15/2016 - 11:35 a.m.

    This is so cool. It's probably going to cost a lot to move all of their stuff. I guess you do whatever it takes to preserve history.

  • irisp-ste
    12/19/2016 - 08:59 a.m.

    Many males have grown up with some involvement in boy scouts or having friends be a part of it. Due to so many boys being a part of it and their skills learned spreading to all areas of America, lots of people know about their wilderness and survival skills. Controversy has also risen out of boy scouts over LGBT issues.

    • zachariahh-pet
      2/27/2017 - 10:45 a.m.

      I am from a family that is heavy into scouting. It is one way I make friends that have the same interests as me.

  • noahr-ste
    1/05/2017 - 01:33 p.m.

    Many boys grow up and join boy scouts at some point and it is part of our country in a huge way.Boys have learned how to live in wildlife and preserve forests and such.It is important to out country.

  • emilyb2-bur
    1/17/2017 - 01:22 p.m.

    Scouting has influenced American culture because when scouting they have found different historical things or they have learned about historical things then taught them to their parents or even others. I think American culture is very important because we need to know when the country changed and how some people are very important in history.

  • zachariahh-pet
    2/27/2017 - 10:43 a.m.

    Scouting has influenced American culture because scouts strive to make themselves and others better people. They also know great outdoor survival skills, like how to start fires, make shelters, and other useful skills.

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