Conceived jointly by then Council Commissioner Max I. Silber and Daniel Webster Council Executive Lawrence L. Lee, the museum was engineered into existence as a memorial to Mr. Lee after his death. It was opened in August, 1969, with 1,100 square feet. In less than ten years and addition was required which more than doubled its size to 2,500 square feet. A separate storage-conservancy building was added in 1992.
The museum contains colorful and historic exhibits such as Scouts on Stamps from Mafeking to the present, the Joseph Moyer World Jamboree collection, a complete display of Max Silber buckles, original paintings of Boy's Life covers, and a flag carried to the moon by America's first astronaut and New Hampshire Scout Alan Shepard.
The Baden-Powell display of sketches, letters, and Boer War memorabilia is one of the finest collections of memorabilia of Scouting's founder anywhere. Extensive exhibits of international items includes the personal collection of Richard T. Lund, former Director of the World Bureau; a complete display of awards donated by Chief Scout Joseph Lawlor of the Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland upon his visit to the museum, and two beads from the necklace of Zulu Chief Dinizulu which were used in the early Wood badge awards.
The library has complete collections of Scouting periodicals, yearbooks, and fiction and non-fiction series of interest to Scouts, Scouters, and researchers alike. A Braille and visually-impaired library of Scout and Cub handbooks is available.
The mission of the Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum and Max I. Silber Scouting Library is to preserve Scouting's heritage and inspire youth about Scouting traditions and values through an interactive and educational structure. The Museum will collect, preserve, and display Scouting artifacts and publications; conduct research; provide educational materials and events; and educate, enrich, and inspire youth and the general public with the ideals represented by the Scouting Movement.
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