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Scouting History Exhibit at NC Museum of History to Feature Original Norman Rockwell Art

One of Ten Cities to Host the American Icon's Exhibit

 
PRLog - Mar. 19, 2010 - Some rare pieces of Scouting history are coming to Raleigh next month. Original artwork from American illustrating icon Norman Rockwell will be on display at the North Carolina Museum of History in concurrence with a special exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). This traveling display of Rockwell’s work will be open to the public for one day, Wednesday, April 21, 2010, during the Scouting: 100 Years of Adventure exhibit at the museum.  The main part of the exhibit opened March 9th on the museum’s third floor.  The Museum of History is located at 5 East Edenton Street in Raleigh, and is open from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays, and noon to 5 pm on Saturdays.

Rockwell is most famous for his cover illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post, but began his career with the BSA. At the age of 19, he became art editor for Boys' Life, published by the Boy Scouts of America, which featured his first published magazine cover in 1913. His association with the BSA spanned 64 years. In 1939 Rockwell received the Silver Buffalo Award, the highest adult award given by the BSA, for his contributions to the Scouting publications and calendars between 1925 and 1976.

“Rockwell’s work became the face of the Boy Scouts,” said John Akerman, Chief Executive Officer of the Occoneechee Council of the BSA. “Having original pieces at this exhibit will help viewers visualize and become part of Scouting history.”

Raleigh is one of only ten cities that will host the special exhibit. The 20-piece exhibition will feature eight original Rockwell pieces including A Daily Good Turn (1918), the image of a London Scout escorting BSA founder W.D. Boyce through the city, Our Heritage (1950), showing a Boy Scout and Cub Scout in front of an image of George Washington and Growth of a Leader (1966) depicting Scouting stages from Cub Scouts to adult leader.

In addition to the Rockwell works, the exhibit will feature a set of classic images by Joseph Csartari, a realist painter and illustrator who studied with Rockwell and who continues to create paintings each year for the BSA.

The North Carolina Museum of History is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
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For more information on the Occoneechee Council and events celebrating the 100th year of the Boy Scouts of America, visit www.ocscouts.org or call 800-662-7102.


About The Occoneechee Council, Boy Scouts of America

The Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina and serves the following North Carolina counties: Chatham, Cumberland, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Orange, Vance, Wake, and Warren.  The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The Boy Scouts of America is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. For more information on the Occoneechee Council, visit www.ocscouts.org or call 800-662-7102.


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