On Feb. 7, 2008, the Museum provided
historial advice and documents for the filming of a segement of the PBS
program "History Detectives" at
Alpine Scout Camp.
The show's producers received an e-mail from a 14-year-old Oregon teen
who wanted to learn more about a 1933 program for a fund-raiser for the
Boy Scout Foundation of Greater New York. The yellowed banner, which
the girl found wrapped around a book in her school's drama room closet,
listed the party's sponsor as socialite Cobina Wright. The event was
held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Franklin D.
Roosevelt was identified in the program as President of the Boy Scout
PBS contacted the Greater New York Councils for details on the
fundraiser. GNYC passed their request to the Museum which
provided PBS with extensive history and documentation on the following
1. Newspaper articles on the Cobina Wright Society Circus.
2. How profits from the fundraiser helped pay off the mortgage
3. FDR's role in the organization of the Boy Scout Foundation of
Greater New York and the purchase of T.M.R.
4. FDR's support of Scouting
nationwide as President of the United States.
Our very own Cedric Bodley, GNYC Asst. Director of Camping, was
interviewed by "History Detective" Gwen Wright in the Alpine Scout Camp
Administration Building Scoutmaster Lounge.
Producer Jill Roussell and Asst. Producer Stacey Young made sure that
everything ran smoothly. Museum archivist David Malatzky was on
hand to answer any historical questions.
The filming relied heavily on historial documents, photos and
publications, all of
which came from the Museum's archives. The Scoutmaster Lounge is filled
with historical displays on T.M.R. and Alpine Scout Camp, all provided
by the Museum. These should be visible in the program.
The segment, called the "Society Circus Program,'' will air sometime
this summer on PBS.
For photos of the History Detectives Alpine Scout Camp "shoot" go
See a local newspaper article: http://tmrmuseum.org/test/newspaper-article.jpg