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Girl Scout Museum gives glimpse of how southeast Texas has evolved

 

HOUSTON (April 8, 2014) – Summer is officially upon us. Those looking for fun activities can stop by the Goodykoontz Museum of Girl Scout History to learn more about the Girl Scouts and what the organization has contributed to our society for more than a century.

Named after Lifetime Girl Scout, historian and philanthropist, Dorothy Goodykoontz, this one-of-a-kind building opened its doors in 2007 and is located in the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council’s (GSSJC’s) Program Place for Girls (3000 Southwest Freeway). The museum highlights the history of the Girl Scouts of the USA and GSSJC, dating back to GSSJC’s inception in the 1920s.

“The Girl Scouts museum is really a local treasure, because for more than 100 years our Girl Scouts have been so involved in our southeast Texas communities,” says Mary Vitek. “While the museum gives the history of Girl Scouts, it also gives visitors insight into how our community has evolved over the years and the role our organization has played in its development.”
 
Visitors can take their own self-guided tour or be guided by one of the museum’s docents or volunteer historians. Begin your exploration with an introduction to Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low or view The Golden Eaglet, one of the first promotional silent movies ever produced that promoted Girl Scouting in 1918. Work your way through the large timeline panels and glass display cases that include troop scrapbooks, old photos, a series of Girl Scout dolls and dozens of other artifacts collected all over the world, representing the evolution of the Girl Scout brand. In addition, visitors can try on vintage uniforms and imagine what it was like to be a Girl Scout in decades past or pull out a Discovery Box to learn a new activity. 

The museum is free to the public and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Docent tours are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.  For more information or to reserve your tour, send an e-mail to girlscoutmuseumtour@sjgs.org.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 62,000 girls served and nearly 19,000 adult members in 26 southeast Texas counties.