Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Pendalouan Archives!

Dan Long (Camper '55, '57) provided this keepsake
from his time at Camp in 1955.
Camp Pendalouan has been around for almost 90 years and has a rich history.

Much has changed at Pendalouan over the years: faces, buildings, certain traditions - to name a few. But Pendalouan is still Pendalouan and we are lucky to have a deep archive of material - everything from old photographs to mementos, staff/camper rosters to items made in Pendy's old craft lodge.

We are lucky to hear often from alumni who want to donate or let us borrow their old camp keepsakes. Just this past Pendalouan Day, we received items ranging over 30 years from Elizabeth [Paulson] Johnson (Camper '70-'72, Staff '73-'74), Bill Paulson (Camper '37-'42, Staff '44) and Dan Parker (Camper '58-'62, Staff '63-'64)!

And then there is Eddie. For those of you who don't know, Eddie Boersema was a camper and staff member at Pendalouan for over 60 summers. He was an icon at Pendalouan from the 1930s until the 2000s. Eddie passed away in 2009 and left all of his camp belongings to us here on the shores of Big Blue Lake. Eddie's belongings make up the majority of our archives and they are such a treasure! From his old 16mm camp movies to his old correspondence and notes to staff, these items provide a rich trail of memories from which our history grows!

Organizing this material is no easy task and we still have a lot of work to do. Earlier this year, Deb Brauer, a friend and volunteer of Pendalouan who came to camp for Outdoor Education with her school in the 80s, took on the task of organizing Eddie's photos by year! This first step was an amazing accomplishment and she deserves a ton of praise! We interviewed Deb for the Summer 2012 issue of Smoke Signals. Check it out by clicking here. We are always looking for volunteers to continue with the Eddie Photo Organization Project. For more information about volunteering, click here.

Do you have any Pendalouan memories, photos or memorabilia that you think should be in the Camp Archives? If so, contact Mark Olson, Alumni & Development Director at

See below for some of the items we have in our archives!

Some of the items we have in our archive:

  • 1000s of slides that need to be scanned
  • 1000s of pictures taken by several alumni and camp staff
  • Old trophies, paddles, and cabin keepsakes
  • All Camp Photos
  • Staff Photos (although we are missing several years!)
  • Paddles from past years and special events (although most are hanging up in Nikana lodge)
  • Camper and Staff Rosters
  • Old Maps
  • Eddie's Scrapbooks
  • Old Camp Brochures and Promotional Material

An old Camp Pendalouan pennant. Does anyone know what
year this was from?
Bill Paulson recently provided Camp with a postcard he received while at camp in 1940
and a woodworking project he made as a camper in 1944

"The Order of the Thunderbird" -
The Ceremony and Rules in detail
Aug. 1953, Jack Winans


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