Clinton County History Center Exhibits
GIRL SCOUTING IN CLINTON COUNTY
Juliette Gordon Low’s life changed forever when in 1911 she met Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in England. Low returned to Savannah, Georgia, and on March 12, 1912 she gathered 18 girls to register the first troop of American Girl Guides. Today, 100 years later, Girl Scouting has grown to 3.7 million members and is the largest educational organization for girls in the world.
In 1923, Mrs. (Edith Ledbetter) Arthur and Mrs. Russell F. (Edna Madden) Hale of Wilmington became members of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, and formed the first troop in Wilmington.
Girl Scout Volunteers Rachel Collins and Jolene Hoggatt, have generously loaned their collections of seventeen Scouting uniforms, manuals and memorabilia to the Clinton County History Center for an exhibit celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting in America.
This exhibit will run through December 21, 2012. Hours are Wednesday through Friday 1:00 until 4:00. Active Girl Scouts can view this exhibit at no charge.
“Undie Cover,” will run through December 2013. Ladies undergarments are the focus of an educational and entertaining journey through the Center’s collection. Vintage ladies undergarments are spotlighted, spanning a 70-year time frame. “Undie Cover” features undergarments from the late 1850s to the early 1920s.
Exhibit hours are Wednesday through Friday from 1:00 until 4:00, or by appointment.
Power of the Purse
Originally named for the money they contained, purses were carried by men and women alike. Over time, the purse fell almost exclusively into the domain of women. Few items in our lives speak so clearly of our public and private selves. A purse is an outward symbol of style, status, and personality. It is the keeper of some of our most private and personal belongings.
“The Power of the Purse,” features sixty purses, from 1772 to 1962. This exhibit is open Wednesday through Friday from 1:00 until 4:00 and is free with the cost of admission. The exhibit will run through December 2013.