32 Books in 32 Days – Day Eight

Each day leading up to the April 17 announcement of the 22nd Annual Minnesota Book Awards, we highlight one of the thirty-two finalists. Today, we feature


Minnesota Finalist,
Honor Bright: A Century of Scouting in Northern Star Council
Dave Kenney

Excerpt from an interview with Dave Kenney:

“What strikes me most is Scouting’s continuity, its ability to remain true to its core principles. I think today’s Scouts and Scouters will be amazed to see how, in many ways, the Scouting experience really has not changed much over the past century.” – Dave Kenney

This captivating and richly illustrated collection consists of stories and photographs of the Boy Scouts of America’s first century in central Minnesota and western Wisconsin. From the start of the Boy Scout Movement in 1910, to the Scouts’ contributions to the nation’s war effort in the 1940s, to the growth of Scouting in the 2000s to serve one hundred thousand young people each year, this book covers everything.


Dave Kenney is a freelance writer specializing in Minnesota history. After earning degrees from St. Olaf College and the University of Missouri-Columbia, he established a career in television news – first as a reporter and eventually a senior writer for CNN in Atlanta. In 1997, Kenney moved back to Minnesota to begin a new career as a writer of books and magazine articles. His articles on state and regional history have appeared in numerous journals and magazines including Minnesota Monthly. His books for Minnesota Historical Society Press include Minnesota Goes to War; Twin Cities Album; and Twin Cities Picture Show. Besides chronicling the history of the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America, he has also chronicled the history of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, the Minnesota Telecom Alliance, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In 2004 he won a Minnesota Book Award for his state history textbook, Northern Lights: The Stories of Minnesota’s Past. Dave Kenney is married to Nancy Lebens, a producer with Minnesota Public Radio. They have two daughters.


“A magnificently designed and illustrated work, notable for making a commemorative history readable and interesting.” – Minnesota Book Awards Judge

“Honor Bright” is, first and foremost, a terrific pictorial history book, the size and weight of a coffee-table volume. Its 238 pages are a cavalcade of photographs and graphics that go all the way back to 1910. In a way, it’s a domestic snapshot of the 20th century, for the history of the Boy Scouts in America and Minnesota is as much about culture as it is about an organization… As a spotlight on Minnesota’s social history, it’s a notable achievement as well as a nostalgic entertainment.” – David Hawley, MinnPost

New book looks back at history of Boy Scouts in Minnesota

February 24, 2010

Award-winning Minnesota history author Dave Kenney discusses the history of the Boy Scouts in central Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Kenney is out with a new book on that subject, “Honor Bright: A Century of Scouting in Northern Star Council.”


  • Dave Kenney: Award-winning author of several books on Minnesota history. Along with “Honor Bright,” Kenney also wrote “Minnesota Goes to War: The Home Front during World War II” and “The Grain Merchants: An Illustrated History of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange.”

Broadcast Dates


Award winners will be announced at the 22nd Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on Saturday, April 17, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in downtown Saint Paul. The opening reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and are available by clicking here or calling 651-222-3242.

Have you read Honor Bright? What are your thoughts? Did you vote for the Readers’ Choice Award? We welcome your comments!



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