Rockwell exhibit marks tie between Mormons, Scouts

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Twenty-three original, Boy Scout-themed Norman Rockwell paintings are on display in Salt Lake City to celebrate the 100-year relationship between Scouting and the Mormon church.

The Rockwell exhibition that opened over the weekend at the Church History Museum will run through year’s end. A second exhibition, set to run through October 2014, is titled “A Good Turn Daily: 100 Years of Scouting and the Aaronic Priesthood.”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the largest organization to charter Boy Scout troops, with Mormon-sponsored groups enrolling more than 430,000 youths last year.

Rockwell’s relationship with the Boy Scouts began in 1912 when he started as a staff artist for Boys’ Life magazine. The American painter illustrated 50 annual Boy Scout calendars, with the last one published in 1976.

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