Non-Scouting Hornaday Award - 1954
In 1944 the National Foundation for Junior Museums
was created by John Ripley Forbes who grew up in
Stamford, Ct. where William T. Hornaday lived and
under Dr. Hornaday's tutelage, became a well known
naturalist and explorer. The foundation was created
"To perpetuate the memory of the late William T.
Hornaday through the establishment of this corporation
as a living memorial for the benefit of children and
others." It appears that this foundation was also
known as the “William T. Hornaday Foundation” and
currently appears to be called the “Natural Science
for Youth Foundation”.
In May 1954, the foundation voted to create a gold
medal for extraordinary leadership in the Junior
Museum movement on a national level, naming it the
William T. Hornaday Memorial Award. They also
authorized that Dr. Hornaday's words, "Open Wide To
Youth All Gateways To Nature", be inscribed upon the
To receive the award required no less than ten years
service to the field of nature study and conservation education. You could not nominate yourself for the award. The award was not and is not connected with the Boy Scouts of America.
The design included the winged badge that was the
logo for the original Permanent Wild Life Protection
Fund, which was created by Dr. Hornaday in 1913.
Instead of using a ribbon to connect the badge and
medallion, they were connected with chains as pictured.
David L. Eby
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