Boy Scout exhibit July 22-Aug 5

Boy Scout Troop 156 exhibit opens July 22-Aug. 5

COOKEVILLE – Boy Scout Troop 156’s desire to commemorate its 156th Eagle Scout has resulted in a Cookeville History Museum exhibit that will open July 22, the same weekend the troop is planning a reunion.

“It’s going to be a Boy Scout exhibit, but it’s also going to explore the history of Troop 156,” Dan Fenlon, reunion committee member, said.

The troop, chartered by St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, goes back to 1953. In its 64-year history, the troop has been involved in numerous activities, including monthly camping adventures, national jamborees and visits to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

An opening reception will be held July 22 from 1-3 p.m. The exhibit continues through Aug. 5.

The centerpiece will be a chuck wagon designed by Mark Rogers, whose father was an early Troop 156 scoutmaster.

“It’s a chuck wagon like nobody’s ever seen before,” Fenlon said. “It has everything on it – a sink, a library, and even a medical side. It’s just really amazing.”

The exhibit will also include photos and various other artifacts collected or created by scouts over the years.

The Cookeville History Museum, which is maintained by the City of Cookeville Department of Leisure Services, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 40 E. Broad St. Admission is free. For more information, call 931-520-5455.

PHOTO INFORMATION:

  1. Boy Scout Troop 156 reunion committee member Dan Fenlon shows items that will be part of a Cookeville History Museum exhibit that opens July 22.
  2. Boy Scout Troop 156 members gather at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in 1968.

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