Boy Scouts to re­lo­cate na­tional mu­seum to New Mex­ico

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

ALBUQUERQUE | From merit badges and uni­forms to an im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of Nor­man Rock­well paint­ings and draw­ings, the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica will be pack­ing up more than a cen­tury of scout­ing his­tory and tak­ing it to the wilds of north­ern New Mex­ico.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion an­nounced Mon­day that it will move its na­tional mu­seum from its cur­rent home in Texas to the Philmont Scout Ranch, which has served as an ad­ven­ture des­ti­na­tion for gen­er­a­tions of troops and their fam­i­lies.

Plans call for ex­pand­ing the ex­ist­ing Philmont Mu­seum and Se­ton Me­mo­rial Li­brary to make room for a na­tional col­lec­tion that in­cludes more than 600,000 items and reams of his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments and pho­to­graphs.

Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to start next year, with the open­ing planned for 2018.

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