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Here you will find letters of correspondence, contracts and other significant documents that will give you a firsthand look at some of the more momentous events in HSR's history. 

Edited by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info]

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Correspondence

McIlvain Letter to Council  

J. Gibson McIlvain, camp architect and early Council Commissioner, writes in this letter to Chester County Council about his son Robert's discovery of a random $5 bill and they decided to put it forward towards camp funds (this monetary amount in 2008 dollars is about $62).  The letter was discovered in 2009 by a Camp Horseshoe HQ Staff member behind an old photo of the Kindness Center.

1928 - Contributed by John B. Rettew III  [Contribute Info] 
Letter to Vernon Berkeihiser  

This letter of acceptance onto Camp Horseshoe staff was sent from Scout Executive T.J. Price in February 1930 to Vernon Berkeihiser, grandfather of Horseshoe Camp Director Mike Berkeihiser. Further proof that the "dust in the mocassins" doesn't go away even through the generations.

1930 - Contributed by Michael Berkeihiser  [Contribute Info] 
Camp Registration Letter  This letter was received by Roland Minshall in 1935 as acknowledgement of his registration for Summer Camp at Horseshoe.
1935 - Contributed by J. Roland Minshall  [Contribute Info] 
Owen J. Roberts Correspondence  

Supreme Court Justice and HSR benefactor Owen J. Roberts communicates to a Mr. Scott about the positive influence Scouting has had in only 27 years.

1937 - Contributed by Earl Dering Sr.  [Contribute Info] 
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Miscellaneous

Camp Receipts (1934 - 36)  These camp receipts issued for a week of Summer Camp and Trading Post dollars were saved by Roland Minshall in the mid 1930's.
1934 - Contributed by J. Roland Minshall  [Contribute Info] 
Camper's Reunion Invitation  Invitation to a Camper's Reunion in West Chester.
1935 - Contributed by J. Roland Minshall  [Contribute Info] 
Horseshoe Troop Application  This troop application for summer camp was mailed to troops in 1940.
1940 - Contributed by J. Roland Minshall  [Contribute Info] 
Octoraro Lodge Home Construction  

This brochure gives an artist's rendering of what the lodge building might look like, as well as provides a description of the Order of the Arrow and the purpose of the future Lodge Building.

1944 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Health Lodge Dedication Attendee Tickertape  

All the attendees of the Health Lodge Dedication on July 22nd, 1944 signed this tickertape.  The tickertape was found amongst the artifacts in the Health Lodge Time Capsule discovered in the Health Lodge chimney during renovations in 2003.

1944 - Contributed by Ray Hayden  [Contribute Info] 
1958 Camp History For Staff  

This history was presented to the Camp Horseshoe Staff in 1958 in honor of the 30th anniversary ofthe camp. 

1958 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
1959 Merit Badge Schedule  The 1959 Merit Badge Schedule for Camp Horseshoe.

1959 - Contributed by Steve Brun  [Contribute Info] 
Staff Banquet Proclamation  

This appears to be some sort of pep-talk phozz used before or during the Staff Banquet in 1963.

1963 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Camp Jubilee Menu  

This full 7 day menu describes the food provided to the Scouts during their outpost meals.

1964 - Contributed by Harry J. Murvin  [Contribute Info] 
1971 Staff Contract  An example of a Camp Horseshoe contract for a camp staffer in 1971.

1971 - Contributed by Bill (William) K Mayer  [Contribute Info] 
1972 Staff Contract  An example of a Camp Horseshoe contract for a camp staffer in 1972.

1972 - Contributed by Bill (William) K Mayer  [Contribute Info] 
Troop Letter and Packing List  

Here is a letter to Troop 85 about Summer Camp, plus a packing list. The letter isn't actualy a HSR or CCC document, but it is interesting to see the cost was $38! The attached packing list is from HSR

1975 - Contributed by Craig Dickson  [Contribute Info] 
Chapel Program - 7/4/1976  

This program, along with sermon notes, was used for the bicentennial July 4th, 1976 chapel service.

1976 - Contributed by Rev. James Goudie  [Contribute Info] 
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