A Brief History…
In 1985, the Boy Scouts of America celebrated its 75th Anniversary, the Diamond Jubilee. While the Council itself wasn’t quite that old, it did still take the opportunity to celebrate. So during that first week in February–Scout Week–the Council took out a multi-page advertising section in The Tennessean. The eleven page insert featured several actual advertisements from Scouting supporters, such as Castner Knott’s, Harvey’s, and Thomas Nelson. It also included a host of “articles” extolling the many programs and opportunities the Council offered.
One of these articles was “BSA Started With Good Turn,” which was a brief history of the Middle Tennessee Council from the start of Scouting to the Council’s formation in 1920 all the way up to the then-current Executive Hershel Tolbert. Remembering that it is an advertisement for the Council, it is still a simple, concise overview of MTC’s 65 years.
“BSA Started With Good Turn,” The Tennessean, February 3, 1985, Advertisement pgs. 4 & 5.