Vintage Girl Scout Online Museum
Here and there, all over America, are highway markers, wall plaques and more honoring the work and efforts of Girl Scouts.
Is this the first Girl Scout memorial plaque?
Noted on the cover of 1936 Girl Scout Report
it shows a profile of Juliette Low.
It is located on the outside of the first Girl Scout Headquarters.
(Thanks Laura L. Beall of GS Greater Iowa!)
Google Street View
Shawn from Flickr was kind enough to let me borrow this photo of the plaque.
It is clear enough to read:
Juliette Low - Founder in the United States of the Girl Scouts 1912.
She Gave The Lead - She Is Not Dead
If We But Keep Alive The Spirit That Was Hers
- Robert Baden Powell.
Dedicated October 16, 2004
submitted by Jane Pfaffenberger
Location: 55 Johnson Avenue, Irvington Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN
Unable to local on Google Street View
330 Drayton Ave, Savannah, GA
Plaque reads: Rockwood Manor Estate Presented by Carolyn G.
postcard showing the plaque
Rock Creek Regional Park
(Not visible from street)
Louisville, Jefferson County
2105 Lexington Road
...It is on the site of the new site (currently under construction) of the
Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana program center and headquarters building...
Submitted by Cynthia Weller
1st VP - GSK
Chair - History and Archives Committee
Kentucky Highway Marker #2134 -
Description: Born in 1899 in Indianapolis, Walls earned an M.A.
from NY's Columbia Univ.
As a teacher, she developed an early black history program in Indiana.
In 1930s, Walls worked to secure public housing for blacks in Louisville.
In 1940s, she lead demonstrations at whites-only main library
and helped hire black clerks in dept. store.
Reverse: Murray Atkins Walls -
Civil Rights Pioneer - Murray Walls led the movement that
integrated Girl Scout programs and camps by 1956.
She was a Girl Scout trainer,
the first black women to serve on the Girl Scout Board of Directors,
and the Ky. State Board of Education. Walls died in 1993.
Presented by the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana
image: Murray Atkins Walls
Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana
Location: 2105 Lexington Rd. & 361 York St., Louisville, KY
(Tried to spot the marker using Google Street View but couldn't find it)
Jessamine Flowers Link
In 1913, Jessamine Link established Magnolia Troop One,
the second Girl Scout troop in the United States.
This was just one year after Juliette Gordon Low organized the
country's first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia in 1912.
What is now Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa served as the sponsor for the troop.
Mrs. Link made significant contributions to the improvement
for life for local girls and the community, and to the enhancement of women overall.
When she started Tampa's first Girl Scout troop the community
became more aware of what the girls could achieve.
Girl Scouting gave them the opportunity to explore
interests outside traditional female roles.
During World War I the girls rolled bandages, delivered Western Union messages,
helped feed soldiers, and sold Liberty Bonds.
Mrs. Link led the troop through many other service projects
and activities such as primitive camping, nature hikes, poetry lessons and field trips.
The Girl Scout program was an unusual and progressive
concept in the early 20th century,
but one that is prevalent here today because of our local founder Jessamine Link.
Erected May 1998 by
The Tampa Historical Society
in Cooperation with
The Suncoast Girl Scout Council, Inc.
Location: Platt Street in Tampa by Hyde Park United Methodist Church
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Girl Scout Cookies
On November 11, 1932, Girl Scouts baked & sold cookies for the first time
in the window of the Philadelphia Gas & Electric Co. here.
This endeavor soon became a Philadelphia tradition.
In 1936 the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. adopted the annual cookie sale as a national program.
(text submitted by Sandy Garret)
dedicated January 16, 2001
Location: 1401 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA
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