This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America. Juliette Gordon Low founded the organization in 1912 after she met Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting in the United Kingdom. Juliette’s first meeting in Savannah, Ga., was on March 12, 1912, with just 18 young women. Today there are more than 3 million Girl Scouts.
As part of the ongoing celebration this year and next, The Henry Ford will play host to the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan this Saturday, Aug. 18, at Greenfield Village. The Girl Scouts will take to the village as they visit the War of 1812 Muster, take in a few presentations, and simply absorb what the village has to offer.
The Girl Scouts can also take a peek at some of the Girl Scouts artifacts we have in our collections, like these Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts uniforms from the mid 1950s, pictured above. The uniforms certainly look a lot different than the official uniforms worn by scouts today!
This isn’t the first time The Henry Ford has hosted such a special day for local Girl Scouts. This press release, issued in March of 1975, boasted more than 4,000 Girl Scouts visiting Henry Ford Museum as part of Macomb County Girl Scouts Day. It was a “wearin’ of the green” kind of day on that particular visit as they took to the museum.
If you’re at Greenfield Village this weekend, make sure to take a look at some of our Girl Scouts artifacts on display at the Benson Ford Research Center. Curious to see what else we have? Take a look at this search from our collections.