About HSRAA Virtual Museum

The HSRAA Virtual Museum was created in 2008 as a virtual tool for cataloguing the rich history of the Horseshoe Scout Reservation. Contained within are images, videos, documents, audio and narratives that detail the various programs, memorabilia, events and historical happenings from the past 90 years of camping on the reservation.

Artifact Scope

The museum contains artifacts pertaining to the history of the Horseshoe Scout Reservation. Artifacts related to Scouting in Chester County Council but not necessarily HSR may be viewed on other Council, District or troop websites, including but not limited to www.octoraro22.org, www.cccbsa.org and www.hsr-bsa.org.

Artifact Submission

HSRAA members may submit their artifacts electronically through this website or at special occasions where museum specialists will assist in preserving physical artificats digitally.

Artifact Specifications in HSRAA Virtual Museum


File formats: JPGs and GIFs

Dimensions: 1024 x 1024 pixels or less


File format: WMV and FLV Video

Note: Users must have Adobe Flash plugin installed on their browser for video to work. If you do not have video playback, you can download Flash free from www.adobe.com.


File formats: MP3 and WAV files


File format: PDF

Note: 3D object PDFs require Adobe Acrobat 3D or Adobe Acrobat 7.0 or above. You can download Acrobat free from www.adobe.com.

Navigating Around the VM

The museum is divided by content into floors, and subdivided by rooms, exhibits and displays. You can always access the VM's Directory from the the header menu or by clicking here.

A Tour feature is also available and will allow you to select your floors, rooms and exhibits that you want to visit without having to click "reverse" in your browser window. You can always access the VM's Tour from the the header menu or by clicking here.

A detailed description of the various Virtual Museum features can be found by clicking here.


Q. Why are captions important?

A. The HSRAA Virtual museum has lots of artifacts which span 80 years and a variety of different programs. While listening to or viewing certain artifacts may hold obvious value to some museum patrons, many others will not know the context of what they have seen or heard. Captions should describe: who is doing the action (if applicable and if known), when the artifact was created, where the artifact took place (if applicable) and what is taking place.

Q. Who can contribute to the museum?

A. HSRAA members can contribute to the Virtual Museum. For information on how to join HSRAA, see the HSRAA homepage at www.hsraa.org.

Q. I have no idea what to contribute!

A. Look around in them museum and this will give you an idea of what artifacts are already there. You may see something missing from a collection that you can scan or photograph. Also, visit the Most Wanted List to see which artifacts are most needed by the museum.

Q. When was the museum started?

A. Construction on the museum began in March 2008 and was opened to the public in November 2008.

Q. I have an old artifact that is not in perfect condition. Should I contribute it?

A. While the HSRAA Virtual Museum strives to provide quality artifacts to its patrons, due to the age or circumstances of an artifact we recognize that allowances must be made for certain artifacts. If the same artifact in better condition is contributed later we will replace the one in poorer condition.

Q. If I contribute an artifact will it be automatically incorporated into the museum?

A. No. We must assess that the artifact is relevant (see Artifact Scope above), that the same artifact hasn't already been contributed and that the artifact meets our specifications (see Artifact Specifications above). We may crop and reduce file sizes / dimensions for images, documents, audio and video due to constraints on the site and for clarity of the artifact being displayed. We will also need to assign an artifact to its relevant floor, room, exhibit and display. For these reasons, artifacts cannot be automatically inserted and we cannot guarantee that all contributed artifacts will be displayed in the museum. We will strive to post artifacts as soon as we can but this is dependent upon the number of artifacts contributed in a similar period of time.

Q. What if I have a large number of artifacts that would take many hours to upload via this website?

A. Email the Museum Curator at curator@hsraa.org and another arrangement may be made.

Q. Why is there more focus on some artifacts and not on others?

A. There is no intentional focus on any artifacts in the museum. Some collections may be lacking because of poor user contributions in that area. If you have a certain focus in an era or program, the best way to make the focus appear equitable is to submit artifacts!

Q. When will the museum be 100% completed?

A. Hopefully never. As long as the history for HSR continues to be written, the HSRAA will continue to post it here.

Q. I noticed that the information displayed for one of your rooms/exhibits/artifacts was wrong. How can I let you know this?

A. For an artifact, please click the 'Contribute Info' link and it will be sent to the editor. This can also be used to add more information to a caption. For erroneous information in the heading of a room or exhibit, email curator@hsraa.org.

Q. Why are many of the newer pictures, especially ones like staff photos, not displaying captions? Also, I tried to contribute to a caption and you never posted my comment.

A. The HSRAA Virtual Museum is compliant with the Youth Protection policy of the Boy Scouts of America. Pursuant to this policy, we do not list the names of any youth (under 18) on the museum that are identified with the youth's photograph, even in a large group photo such a staff photo. When we are satisfied that all individuals in a photograph are 18 or over, we will display the appropriate caption. If we have a picture of youth we may add a general caption that does not identify the name(s) of the youth(s).


There are currently 8977 artifacts in 249 exhibits throughout the 38 rooms of the HSRAA Virtual Museum.


The Horseshoe Scout Reservation Alumni Association (HSRAA) Virtual Museum was conceived and constructed by members of the HSRAA. The artifacts contained herein are all contributions from our members who have diligently preserved the rich history of the Horseshoe Scout Reservation by taking a watchful eye, wielding a steady camera and stuffing a foot locker full of goodies throughout the years. Without their kneckerchiefs, brochures, pictures, maps, leader mugs, stories, videos, patches and everything else not welded to the frame of a camp vehicle, the museum would be virtually empty.

For their contributions - small, medium or large - we would like to thank the following individuals for their generous submissions to the Virtual Museum:

Mike Arles, Meridith Barrett, Jim Battenfelder, Richard T. Bensing, Kevin Berger, Michael Berkeihiser, Linda Bowling, Steve Brun, James Buczala, Gerry Cavanaugh, David Cline, Andrew Coe, Cynthia B Coe, A. Ray Coe, Richard K. Coster, Karen Cox, Edward E. Crompton, Steven D'Antonio, Earl Dering Sr., Anthony J. DiAntonio, Craig Dickson, Mike DiDomenico, Joseph N DiStefano, Jon DiVirgilio, Ed Dougherty Sr., James Dukovic, Joseph Eagan, Allen Eagles, Ron Eckert, Evan Ellwanger, Andrew Fish, Robert Fisher, Richard D. Foot, Richard Gardner, Fred N. Gates, James H. Gawthrop, Chris Gilbert, Jeffrey L. Goodman, Rev. James Goudie, Clarke A. Green, Kevin Grewell, Matt Griffin, Mr. William R Grubb Jr., Neil Gutherman, Mark C. Hammond, Ray Hayden, G. Ernest Heegard, Janet S. Hess, Alan Hicks, Robert Hinderliter, Bill Hohl, William Kassel, Frank Keegan, Alex Keene, Jay Kemmerer, John Kemmerer, Andrew Keyes, Mitch King, Richard F. Kline, Brian Kotzer, Mike LaRosa, Robert Lenker, Nick Leusky, Clayton Lottes, Karla Loughead, Steve MacCall-Carter, Mark Mackowiak, Paul A Manili, Mr William Steven Mark Jr, Dale Mast, Robert E. Matje, Bill (William) K Mayer, Leonard M. McCabe, Tom McCabe, Robert K. McCarter, Dr. David Mellinger, David Mengel, Sean Miller, Steve T Miller, J. Roland Minshall, C. Brett Montich, James E. Montich, Mark Morris, Paul Munscher, Thomas Murphy, Harry J. Murvin, Alexander Musto, Dr. Russell Neubauer, Paul Owens, Jacqueline Palmer, Dan Pawling, Jermaine Race, Jacob Regensburger, John B. Rettew III, Richard L. (Link) Rice, Craig Rittase, Derrick Rowe, Scott R. Salvatore, Gus Sauerzopf, Thomas Savoy, Jeff L Schaefer, Steven Scheidt, Gary M. Schroeder, Jake Segal, Rev. Thomas Shanklin, Dr. David J. Sherwood, Damon Sinclair, Andrew Smith, Richard E. Stick Smith Jr., Jim Soltysiak, Matthew R Steinberger, Ronald Sykes, C. Spud Truitt, Tommy Valentini, William Warram, C. William Waxbom, Christian Wells, Tom Williams, Bryan Wilson, Karl W. Winsch, David B. Woodward, Richie D. Woodward, Wayne Woodward