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Norman Rockwell Prints
from the National Scouting Museum
Museum Entry Hall: July 30 - Sept. 17, 2012
A conference by visiting Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to Michigan State University also brings another famous visitor. For a short time, a collection by famed American illustrator Norman Rockwell will be visiting MSU, accompanying  the Boy Scouts National Order of the Arrow conference (NOAC), beginning July 30.
Image of Men of Tomorrow
The Michigan State University Museum will coordinate a special exhibition of historic BSA artifacts in the MSU Union (49 Abbot Road) for the NOAC, one of the largest Boy Scout gatherings in the U.S., July 30 - Aug. 4. Meanwhile, the MSU Museum will also show a selection of Rockwell prints in the museum entry hall, extending through Sept. 17.
The MSU Museum is working with the National Scouting Museum, Irving, Texas, which holds a substantial collection of Rockwell's work from his time at "Boy's Life" magazine, where he contributed numerous illustrations that helped establish the iconic imagery of the Boy Scouts organization. In addition to his well-known "Saturday Evening Post" magazine covers, Rockwell went on to create commissioned artwork over a 50-year period for annual Boy Scouts of America calendars. See more information about the Rockwell collection at the National Scouting Museum.  
The Michigan State University exhibitions coincide with the National Order of the Arrow Conference, the branch of the Boy Scouts that focuses on community service and leadership. NOAC, expected to draw more than 8,000 scouts and officials, has visited MSU once before, in 2006. Besides staying in the residence halls, the scouts experience a range of activities at MSU and the conference typically has training sessions each morning, followed by programs in the afternoons, such as rock climbing, trebuchet range, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) demonstrations, and an Iron Chef-type competition. The museum partnership is a new dimension, assisted by the MSU Division of Residential and Hospitality Services.
"We are very pleased to be able to present the Rockwell prints while the National Order of the Arrow conference is at MSU," says MSU Museum Director Gary Morgan. "Community engagement is a fundamental value of this university."
Image above: 'Men of Tomorrow,' by Norman Rockwell. Courtesy of the National Scouting Museum.