Feb 27, 2009

Chanco Courier online archive debuts

Not very long ago DeWitt Holland kindly sent me a copy of The Chanco Chronicles 1952-1992, which was published by Lodge 483 in celebration of their 40th anniversary. It is an impressive document indeed, with fascinating details about the formation of the Lodge and the camps where Old Dominion Area Council Scouts spent many summers. I read the entire document at one sitting and eagerly scanned it and created a PDF version to post online to share with others who might be interested. Before posting it I wanted to find the author, Ben Vincent for his permission.

Some internet sleuthing led me to find Ben in West Virginia and several emails later I not only had his permission to publish The Chanco Chronicles, but also an update that included the history of the Lodge covering the final years until its merger with Kecoughtan Lodge in January of 1996.

I mentioned to Ben that I was interested in finding more information to share about Chanco Lodge, including any newsletters he might have since I only had copies of two. Ben responded with every newsletter that he was able to locate in his research for The Chanco Chronicles, a total of 84 issues in all.

These 84 issues are all now online in PDF format for you to read in a new Chanco Courier online archive that represents nearly 500 pages of news spanning 4 decades. I hope that you will enjoy reading them as much as I did while preparing them.

The archive includes links to each issue as well as pictures of newsletter mastheads throughout the years and a list of Arrowmen who served as editor. As someone who served in that role for my Lodge I have a keen appreciation for the amount of work that goes into a newsletter, but only now understand the role of Lodge historian that an editor fulfills for the many potential readers in the future.

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