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History Break: The Frontier and the City l Goodhue County Historical Society
Jan 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Frontier and the City: The Origins of the Boy Scouts of America
Join Dr. Kurt Leichtle Emeritus Professor of history at the University of Wisconsin River Falls for our January History Break. Dr. Leichtle will be speaking about the History of the Boys Scouts. At the turn of the 20th century, America was grappling with a shift from a rural nation with a frontier to an increasingly urban and commercial nation. The Boy Scouts were founded and debated how the program would deal with the concerns of the closing of the frontier and the dynamism available in the cities. The talk focuses on the debate between the three founders, James West, Daniel Carter Beard, and Earnest Thompson Seton. The founders and the organization illustrate the struggle and its effect on our understanding of the history.
Spend your lunch hour at the Goodhue County History Center for their monthly free lunchtime program! Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch with them while they soak up stories. All programs begin at noon.