1958 West Virginia Centennial Planning Documents

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This collection of documents was created in 1958 as part of the planning process for the 1963 West Virginia Centennial.  The first National Youth Science Camp was held as part of the 1963 celebration and became the tradition still running today. However, as we can see from these documents, the path to Science Camp wasn’t always as clear.

In 1958, during the preliminary planning process, the NYSC was originally conceived of as a West Virginia Honor Boy Scout camp. By 1963 this idea had evolved into NYSC, but notable within this early document is the idea of the “delegate” concept, as well as the estimated cost for the program: $6,250.00.

1958 Proposed Centennial Logo

1958 Proposed Centennial Logo

1963 Finalized Centennial Logo

1963 Finalized Centennial Logo

The original document also contains descriptions of proposed programs, as well as proposed logos.  The first of these logos was used during the planning process, but by 1963 the planning commission had settled on something a little more familiar to all of us.

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