Eagle Scout Project to Detail History of West Chester’s New Theater, Land It Sits On


An Eagle Scout project currently in the works will present patrons of West Chester’s new theater with a comprehensive history of the land it sits on.

It entertained family friends as a plantation in the 1600s, and today it has just begun to entertain greater West Chester as the Knauer Performing Arts Center.

Everything in between is now being compiled by a young man from Marshallton Troop 52 as part of an ambitious Eagle Scout project.

Boy Scout John Sklenar is orchestrating the creation of a historical display to adorn a wall within the new theater, according to a Daily Local News guest report.

“My interest in (the theater) project and in the rich history of West Chester motivated me to design as my Eagle Scout project a collection of displays that outline the history of the Armory building and the land it is built on,” Sklenar wrote.

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His plans for the displays include a timeline of the land’s ownership and uses over the centuries, descriptions of the activities that were housed there, and a history of the National Guard battalion long based there.

“Together with other Scouts, we researched property records, letters and diaries, and old Daily Local News articles to find the information for these displays and make sure they will be factually correct and interesting,” he wrote.

Sklenar also set up a GoFundMe project for the $3,500 needed to print the displays on professional-looking acrylic glass.

Read more about the Eagle Scout project in the Daily Local News here.

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