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Greenwich Scouts hold Camporee, Service Project at Seton’s Wyndygoul

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of scouting in Greenwich, Boy Scouts recently held their 2012 Fall Camporee and completed a service project at the Pomerance Property, the site of Ernest Thompson Seton’s Wyndygoul Estate. tErnest Thompson Seton founded the Greenwich Council.

There were 115 Scouts and volunteers on site to help clear four trails in the Pomerance Property and Montgomery Pinetum, marking this as the 100th service project over the last two years. It also marked the successful completion of the Greenwich Scouting “Good Turn for Greenwich” service initiative.

Here’s a link to a story about the event.

The Seton Journals: A rare look at the writings and drawings of an artist/illustrator/naturalist

The Greenwich Citizen in Greenwich, Connecticut has an interesting article on Seton’s Journals entitled The Seton Journals: A rare look at the writings and drawings of an artist/illustrator/naturalist
Here’s a link to the story and photos: http://www.greenwichcitizen.com/news/article/The-Seton-Journals-A-rare-look-at-the-writings-4147276.php

Seton’s Father: One Who Knew the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing

This morning’s Chicago Tribune has an article entitled “10 Things You Might Not Know About Debt.”

Number seven on the list is as follows: “Canadian naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton, a father figure in the development of the Boy Scouts, had a difficult relationship with his own dad. When Seton turned 21, his father handed him an itemized bill for everything spent on him up to that point, including the doctor’s fee for his birth. The total came to $537.50, and his father set the interest rate at 6 percent. Seton reportedly paid the debt.” Here’s a link to the full article: http://bit.ly/SqVveN

This story, which Seton told so many years later in his autobiography, The Trail of an Artist-Naturalist , has remained in my mind for a long time. He described his father as “one who knew the price of everything and the value of nothing. There are plenty of reasons to doubt this literal accuracy, but no doubt his strained relationship with his father was one of the contributing factors that came together to form this driven man who influenced the world in so many ways.

Where is (or was) Currumpaw?

People who hear or read Ernest Thompson Seton’s story of “Lobo, The King of Currumpaw”, often ask just where Currumpaw is or was.  The answer to that question has not been very clear – beyond somewhere in Northeast New Mexico.  If you look very carefully at maps, you may find Currumpaw or Currumpah.  The area is quite close to Capulin Volcano National Monument, which is one of those places I remember very well from my youth-nearly 50 years ago. I also visited there with my own son five years ago – on the way to a Philmont trek.

I thought website visitors might be interested in the National Park Service’s take on the Lobo story.  Here’s a link:  http://www.nps.gov/cavo/historyculture/ernest-thompson-seton.htm

 

The Biography of a Grizzly on a Great List of “Great Books and Where to Read Them”

Smithsonian.com’s blog Off The Road – Travel Adventures of a Nomad on the Cheap recently had an interesting post entitled “Great Books and Where to Read Them.”  One of the books listed was Ernest Thompson Seton’s Biography of a Grizzly, which the author, Alastair Bland,  suggests should be read in the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park.  Seton is in good company in this article, which includes a variety of other authors, books and suggested locations.  Highly recommended.

A New Look and Expanded Resources

It is an incredible testament to Ernest Thompson Seton’s legacy that this website typically receives more than 1,000 unique visitors every month.
We have launched a redesign and expansion of The Ernest Thompson Seton Pages website. Among the things we expect to add are expanded access to Seton’s works in both print and sound. We have already added an additional Seton books in PDF format. There will be more. We will also be adding audio resources, both in Seton’s own voice and audio books read by professional narrators.
We have also re-activated our guest book with new technology to reduce spam. We hope you will sign it with your comments.
We will also try to honor that legacy by keeping it up-to-date more regularly and adding information about news and activities involving those interested in preserving Seton’s legacy.
Blue Sky!

Scouts Discover Standing Rock Site in Greenwich

There has been a great deal of interest in Seton in the Greenwich, Connecticut area this year, much of it focused on the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scout Council there,of which Seton was a founder.
One interesting development was that a Boy Scout working on his Eagle Scout service project was working to clear an overgrown trail on the Pomerance-Tuchman property now owned by the Town of Greenwich. This property was once part of Seton’s estate. While clearing the trail, the Scouts came upon a strange rock sculpture. After some research, they discovered the sculpture was Seton’s Medicine Rock and they had uncovered the main Woodcraft ceremonial ground there.
Here’s a link to an article on the discovery in the Greenwich Citizen.