The Longmont Museum, in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of Colorado, presents Girl Scouts Together for 100 Years, an exhibition celebrating the centennial of the Girl Scouts. The exhibition, featuring hundreds of objects spanning nearly a century of Girl Scout history, will run from March 3 through April 29, 2012.
When Juliette Gordon Low decided to found an organization for girls in 1912, she dreamed big – her first phone call described it as something for the girls of her hometown Savannah, for the nation, and for the world. Today, 100 years after that first call, the Girl Scouts have more than 3 million members in the U.S., and are part of a worldwide association in 145 countries.
“We are delighted to be working with the Longmont Museum to showcase the contributions Girl Scouts have made nationally and locally over the past 100 years,” said Girl Scouts of Colorado Board Chair Stephanie Foote. “We are looking forward to an impressive centennial showcase of Girl Scout history.”
The exhibit explores different eras in Girl Scout history with vintage uniforms, historic photographs and hands-on activities. Visitors will discover some of the unusual aspects of Girl Scouting, including Mariner Scouts, a sailing-based branch of Girl Scouting, and a 1940s recipe for s’mores, which included pineapple! A central camping area will include hands-on knot-tying activities, a “Chippewa kitchen” and a full-size tent.
Of course, the exhibit will cover Girl Scout Cookies, from their origins as home-baked goods in the 1920s to the varieties available today – historic boxes, posters and tins will be exhibited. A very rare survival – authentic quarter-century old cookies that somehow escaped being eaten and remain intact today – will highlight the cookie area.
Admission to this exhibit is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors (55+), and free for ages 11 and under. All Girl Scout troops receive free admission.
Exhibit Reception: Friday March 9, 7 p.m. (Admission: $5, Friends members free)
Girl Scout Memories!
- Tuesdays, March 6 – April 24, Noon – 1 p.m.
- Free with the price of exhibit admission
- Every Tuesday at noon, a volunteer Girl Scout representative will talk about the exhibit and her experiences growing up as a Girl Scout.
Girl Scouts Sampler Days
- Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m. to noon
- Saturday, April 14, 1 to 4 p.m.
- Ages 5-11 (grades K-5)
- $3 per participant/$5 with Event Patch
- Edible fires, flat Juliettes, friendship bracelets, scavenger hunts, songs and more! Sample classic and contemporary Girl Scout activities throughout the Museum. Open to Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts. Space is limited. Pre-registration strongly encouraged. Please call 303-651-8374, or visit the Museum’s website at www.ci.longmont.co.us/museum.
Girl Scout Visits
- March 3 – April 29
- Free admission for Girl Scout troops
- Girl Scout leaders will receive a tour packet complete with a leader’s guide that incorporates special hands-on exhibit interactives, activity and craft pages, and resources from the Longmont Museum and Girls Scouts of Colorado.
- Girl Scouts planning to visit the Museum must make a reservation. To make a reservation, download the Self-Guided Tour form from http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/museum/exhibits , or call 303-774-4786.
The Longmont Museum & Cultural Center is located at 400 Quail Road in Longmont, Colorado. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, contact the Museum at 303-651-8374, or visit www.ci.longmont.co.us/museum.