YESTERYEAR: BOY SCOUTS

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Photographed at the Evansville riverfront in 1917, this Boy Scout troop represented B’nai Israel Temple. The young men had probably just finished marching in one of the many patriotic parades held downtown during the First World War, as the large American flag, drummer, and canteens suggest. The Boy Scouts of America had been founded in 1910; it quickly recruited thousands of members, making it the largest youth organization in the nation and inspiring the formation of the Girl Scouts two years later. Evansville’s council was chartered in 1915; the Buffalo Trace Council now serves southwestern Indiana and southeastern Illinois.

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