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2012-11-15

100 years of Girl Scout history at museum

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Do your favorite memories of childhood include wearing the familiar green uniform of the Girl Scouts and earning your badges? Do you look forward to Girl Scout cookie time each year? If so, you can celebrate all things Girl Scouts at the Frontier Times Museum during November. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America, the Frontier Times Museum will be hosting the exhibit, "100 Years of Girl Scouts." A traveling exhibit created by the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, the exhibit takes you on a journey through decades of history from the establishment of the Girl Scouts in 1912 to 2012.
As part of the exhibit, the museum is asking all local Girl Scouts, both current and former, to bring any items and photographs from their Girl Scouts days to the museum. A special display case will exhibit these items. Everyone is welcome to attend an open house at the museum on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 11 am to 1 pm to view the exhibit and to celebrate 100 years of empowering girls.
A journal will be available during the exhibit for guests to share their memories of being a Girl Scout.
Frontier Times Museum Executive Director Rebecca Norton said, "We look forward to welcoming our local Girl Scouts and former Scouts to the museum on Nov. 17. And we hope this is the beginning of establishing a wonderful relationship with our local Girl Scouts troops as we develop plans to offer activities based on local history to serve our area Girl Scouts."
In Bandera County, Medina Lake hosts an annual sailing camp that teaches young girls to sail. A former Girl Scout from Mariner Girl Scout Troop 81, Lakehills real estate business owner Karen Ripley serves on the Centennial History Committee of the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. She says, "I attribute much of my business success to the early entrepreneurial skills I learned as a Girl Scout. My experience as a Mariner Scout sailing on Medina Lake back in the 60s led to a lifetime of sailing adventures around the world."
The Girl Scouts began on March 12, 1912 when Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop meeting of 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia. From its humble beginning of 18 girls, Girl Scouts has since grown to have 3.7 million members.
For more information on the exhibit and how can you share your memories by lending your Girl Scout items, please call the museum at 830-796-3864 or come by the museum at 510 13th Street, Bandera, Texas. The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 5.