Tag: Girl Scouts
It’s the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, and thousands of girls and young women have descended on Washington, DC, for the Girl Scout Rock the Mall event this weekend. It seems like the perfect time confess my own history crush, a woman who was very involved in the Girl Scouts: Lou Henry Hoover.
Actually, I am not the only person here at the National Archives with a history crush on Lou Henry Hoover. Mention this First Lady’s name at a meeting, and female staff members are practically swooning. Here at the National Archives, Lou Henry Hoover is cool.
What inspires such awe?
Lou Henry Hoover was a scientist, polyglot, author, Girl Scout supporter, and world traveler. She mixed smarts, practicality, and adventure. Apparently Herbert Hoover was charmed “by her whimsical mind, her blue eyes and a broad grinnish smile.”
I actually knew little about her until I started working here and saw a photograph of her in the lab at Stanford University. My coworker was delighted to tell me about Lou, the first woman in Stanford’s geology department.
Rocks may not seem like the setting for romance, but the geology department is where Herbert Hoover met Lou Henry—he was a senior and she was a freshman at the still-new Stanford University. When Hoover finished his degree and … [ Read all ]
Posted by Hilary on June 8, 2012, under History Crush.
Tags: Boxer Rebellion, china, First Lady, Girl Scouts, herbert hoover, Lincoln Study, Lou Henry Hoover, national archives, White Hosue
I, Agent “M,” am on a very important mission. I must help thousands of Girl Scouts save the future by becoming an Agent of Change.
Agents of Change is an online, interactive game that is being played at the National Archives and 11 other cultural institutions in Washington, DC, during the Rock the Mall event. The goal of the game is to answer the question, “Why do collecting institutions matter?” I knew that the National Archives would be the perfect environment for them to explore this question.
In the game, the players live in a post-apocalyptic world and find a box of solar-powered smartphones that enable them to travel back in time to the 21st century to collect items to improve society. They collect important objects from each of the participating sites by taking photographs and uploading them to the Agents of Change website.
The site and iPhone app allows players to sort, discuss, and vote for their favorite items to collaboratively build a new future. “Agents” from the participating sites, including the National Archives, contribute to the online discussion in order to help meet learning goals.
To help shape the Girl Scouts decide what to take back to the future, I am creating “transmissions,” short videos, audio recordings, or text messages, about the National Archives and give them ideas about what they may want to bring back … [ Read all ]
Posted by Hilary on June 7, 2012, under News and Events.
Tags: Agent Thin Mint, Agents of Change, Boeing Learning Center, Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts 100th anniversary, Girl Scouts of the USA
As the Girl Scouts of the USA prepare to celebrate their 100th anniversary, we will be featuring stories from NARA staff who were former Girl Scouts. This post is from Director of Preservation Programs Doris Hamburg.
Happy 100th birthday, Girl Scouts!
Juliette Gordon Low began the first Girl Scout troop in 1912 in Savannah with just a small group of girls. Today there are more than 3.2 million scouts around the world. In fact, about half of adult American women are Girl Scout alumnae. Girl Scout activities (including selling those delicious Thin Mints!) develop skills, confidence, and character, and help to make the world a better place.
I was a scout as a girl and more recently served as a leader for my daughter’s troop. Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout! As a Brownie at age 8, little did I expect that Girl Scouting would have such an influence on my future.
When I was in 10th grade, my troop was asked to help at Lyndhurst, the newly opened National Trust for Historic Preservation museum. It was a splendid 19th-century Gothic Revival mansion overlooking the Hudson River in New York. At first, I sold postcards and souvenirs. As I learned more, I began giving tours.
At Christmastime, it was wonderful fun to help festoon … [ Read all ]
Posted by Victoria on June 6, 2012, under News and Events.
Tags: Agents of Change, Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts 100th anniversary, Girl Scouts of the USA, Juliette Gordon Low, national archives, Preservation Programs