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Upcoming Exhibitions

Norman Rockwell and the Art of Scouting

Opens January 7, 2012

“My experience on Boys’ Life helped me build some confidence in myself at a time when I needed courage, needed to believe in myself.”
—Norman Rockwell

At the age of nineteen, Norman Rockwell was appointed art editor of Boys’ Life magazine. Over the course of sixty-four years, the artist produced numerous Scouting illustrations for use on calendars, magazines, handbooks, and posters. Part of a long tradition of artists who helped to shape and define the image of the Boy Scouts of America, Rockwell imbued his Scouting subjects with a sense of higher purpose inspired by the organization’s principles and practice.

For more than a century, the Boy Scouts have relied on illustrators to translate Scouting life into striking visual narratives. Featuring the work of Norman Rockwell, Joseph Christian Leyendecker, Walt Disney Studios, Howard Chandler Christy, Dean Cornwell, and Joseph Csatari, this new permanent installation takes a closer look at the artists behind America's largest youth organization.

Joseph Christian Leyendecker (1874–1951)
Weapons for Liberty, 1918
Oil on canvas
Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, March 2, 1918
Poster illustration for the Boy Scouts of America Third Liberty Loan Campaign, 1918
Collection of the National Scouting Museum

The Collectible Legacy of Robert Baden-Powell

Opens January 7, 2012

Before Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell earned worldwide notoriety as the founder of the Scouting movement, he led a prolific career in the British Army. On October 12, 1899, Colonel Baden-Powell proclaimed the outbreak of the Boer War in Mafeking, South Africa, which was followed by 217 days of siege. Hailed as a national hero upon his return to Britian, Baden-Powell's likeness was immortalized on ceramics, tins, cigar boxes, and other everyday objects. Drawn from the Museum's permanent collection, this exhibition highlights some of the whimsical items created to commemorate his legacy.

Also new for 2012 . . .

-The Merit Badge display will be updated to include artifacts from 1911 to the present day.
-The Council Shoulder Patch display will be updated during the year to reflect organizational changes and new patch designs.