Interview Transcription Project

This gentlemen is Howard Gentry. He’s the Criminal Court Clerk for Metro Nashville. He was also a camper at Boxwell Reservation in the 1960s, when the camp was integrating.
 
I ran across Howard’s name in some newspaper research and was able to conduct an interview with him on November 20, 2017. He was quite eager to talk about his time at camp and spoke about how he and his fellow Scouts were responsible for integrating Boxwell in the mid-1960s. And while this was interesting, he also told me about the segregated camp he attended before Boxwell, a place called Camp Tagatay at Fort Campbell. Needless to say, I got quite a bit of information about black Scouting in the late 1950s and 1960s!
 
The interview was a little over an hour long and is one of the ones I need transcribed.
 
Howard’s story is critical to the bigger story of Boxwell’s centennial. The first three Boxwells were completely segregated, so taking a look at how race fits into Scouting and the summer camp program is important. This is part of the story I want to tell.
 
Please, help me reach my goal; time is running out! Contribute to the Boxwell Interview Transcription Project: https://www.gofundme.com/boxwell-history-transcription-project to get this interview transcribed so I can produce a history of Camp Boxwell for its centennial in 2021.
Gentry

Howard Gentry, November 2017

From the Archives, May 12, 2019

Craig Dining Hall Roof Renovations

The start of summer camp 2019 is just a few weeks away. As we often try to do, if there are changes that have been made to camp, we try to showcase those at the start of the camping season. There have been a few renovations with Craig Dining Hall getting the lion’s share. We’ll be showing those changes over the next few weeks.

To start, we’ll take a look at the Craig Dining Hall roof. The roof was the scene of some fairly major work. Not only has the metal roof been replaced, but the roof itself has been physically cut back from its original design. We’ll publish photos of the finished roof in a few weeks, but this week we’ll show some “work in progress” photos.

In the first photo, you can clearly see two images of the roof. On the left is the roof after the metal covering has been removed, showing the original brown shingles. Yep, originally Craig dining hall roof was brown shingles and the word was that it leaked pretty badly. NOte at the top of this photo the metal triangle. In the photo to the right, the metal roofing and the shingles have been removed. AND the roof itself has been cut into a hard right angle.

 

Roof Cuts

Note the shingles as well as the pre-cut and cut areas.

The next double photo shows this change even better. Both photos are looking at the front of the dining hall, right above the veranda. The top photo is the original roof and the original gradual angle. Below is the same area cut with a much more abrupt angle. You can clearly see the benefit though–not more large span of unsupported roof.

Veranda Roof

A closer look at the cut areas around the Veranda.

The final double set is one of the “wings,” a side entrance into the dining hall. On both wings and around the loading dock, two feet of roof were cut back. The left photo shows the original roof, while the right shows the same entrance with the roof cut back. Again, the smaller overhang ultimately makes for a stronger roof.

Roof cuts

The side entrance overhands were cut back a full two feet.

Still, the cuts are a bit jarring at first glance. This was how the dining hall looked in the fall of 2018. It looks MUCH better now, but more on that in the coming weeks…

Interview Transcription Project

Allow me to introduce you to two of the three Human Sisters. That’s Cindy Human on the left and elder sister Lisa McCormack on the right (not pictured is LeAnn Hilliard). These are the daughters of former Reservation Director Ed Human and I sat down with them in July of 2016.
 
Obviously, we discussed their father and what they remembered of Ed and his work with the Scouts. But of equal importance was their time at Camp Murrey, the family camp. From 1970 to 1975, the girls spent every summer, ALL summer at Murrey. The girls quite literally grew up at Boxwell. This interview captures a world that no longer exists as Murrey disappeared with the arrival of CubWorld in 1995.
 
The interview was approximately two hours long and… wait for it… needs to be transcribed.
 
My conversation with Ed Human’s daughters explores the importance of family to Boxwell, both the literal version and the figurative version. I want to tell that story.
 
Please, help me reach my goal. Contribute to the Boxwell Interview Transcription Project: https://www.gofundme.com/boxwell-history-transcription-project to get this interview transcribed so I can produce a history of Camp Boxwell for its centennial in 2021.
Human sisters

Two of the three Human Sisters, July 2016.

Interview Transcription Project

This young man is none other than JJ Norman. I interviewed JJ on April 10, 2018 and we discussed JJ’s time at the modern Boxwell. Specifically, we spoke about his time on Shooting sports, in the Activity Yard, as AY Director, and as Program Director at Camp Craig. We also spoke about staff traditions and working for Carl Adkins. All of this was done sitting on the veranda of Camp Craig dining hall, per J. J.’s request.

But perhaps the most important thing we discussed was JJ’s experience on Boxwell staff and in Scouting as a gay man. To say this interview “got real” would be an understatement. It is probably the most heartfelt and sincere conversation I’ve recorded.

The interview was also over three and a half hours and needs to be transcribed.

My conversation with JJ is a great example of how Boxwell has been a haven, a safe place for so many. I want to tell that story.

Please, help me reach my goal. Contribute to the Boxwell Interview Transcription Project: https://www.gofundme.com/boxwell-history-transcription-project to get this interview transcribed so I can produce a history of Camp Boxwell for its centennial in 2021.

Norman

JJ Norman at Camp Craig, April 2018