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On My Honor: 100 Years of Girl Scouting Exhibit at Tennessee State Museum Opens Aug. 24

Courtesy of Tennessee State Museum

An exhibition celebrating the centennial year of this national organization, opens at the Tennessee State Museum on August 24. "On My Honor" explores Girl Scout history through artifacts, images, and video while telling the history of how young women in Tennessee have developed important life skills and served their communities through scouting.

The exhibition, which is free to the public, will explore the Girl Scout organizations in Tennessee from the beginning to the present and provide insight into the experiences of many young women throughout the state. Numerous uniforms will also be featured, dating from the 1920s to the 2000s, including one worn by famed entertainer Dolly Parton.

The exhibit will immerse visitors in the material culture of scouting with examples of scouting awards, badges, and activities and show how girls of all ages, from the youngest Daisies and Brownies to the older Girl Scout Ambassadors, have developed relevant life skills through scouting. For example, visitors will see how Girl Scout cookies sales have offered both sweet treats enjoyed by many while providing girls with opportunities for practical business experience.

The exhibit will include a camp scene, complete with tent, canoe, and an extensive display of vintage Girl Scout camping gear. Many artifacts of special interest to young visitors will be shown such as Girl Scout dolls and jewelry.

Juliette Gordon Low, a native of Savannah, Georgia, is credited with creating the Girl Scouts organization in 1912. During this pivotal time in American society, when women’s roles in public and private life were undergoing significant changes, Gordon Low maintained that all girls deserved opportunities to grow physically and mentally, as well as spiritually. Her popular Girl Scout concept began to grow and spread throughout the nation. In Tennessee, the first troops began forming about 1917, with the Nashville Girl Scout Council receiving its charter in 1926.

On My Honor: 100 Years of Girl Scouting, will be on view through October 31, 2012. During this time there will be several free public events in conjunction with exhibit:

Saturday, Aug. 25, 1 to 4 p.m.
Celebrating Tennessee Crafts
Area Girl Scouts, along with museum staff, will lead children in craft activities. The Tennessee Association of Craft Artists will also provide live demonstrations.

Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Alumni Day
Former Girl Scouts are invited to attend the exhibit and current Girl Scouts will serve as docents in exhibit area.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Camp Out Day
Area Girl Scout Troops will host a day of activities including Singing Trees and camping demonstrations.

Saturday, Oct. 20, noon to 4 p.m.
Haunted Museum Ghost Story Trail
This is one of the museum’s most popular family events. This year Girl Scouts will participate as storytellers and docents in exhibit.

Sunday, Oct. 28, 2 to 4 p.m.
Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday Celebration
The Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee invite museum members and the public to help them celebrate Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday. There will be singing, craft demonstrations and refreshments.

For more imformation contact Mary Skinner at
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