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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting: 1912–2012

By Jose Zapata, Landmark Inn Site Manager

On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low held the first Girl Scout meeting in Savannah, Georgia. Girl Scouts of the USA now has more than 3 million members and more than 50 million alumnae. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary, the Landmark Inn State Historic Site hosted the opening for the Girl Scout exhibit on Sunday, March 11.

On this beautiful, sunny day, everyone gathered outside the Landmark Inn as long-time Girl Scout Estella Reyna Kierce welcomed visitors and thanked everyone who collaborated in her efforts to put together this exhibit. She introduced City Councilman Jeff Gardner who, on behalf of Mayor Robert Lee and the City of Castroville, read the Girl Scout Centennial Proclamation. The festivities continued with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Close to 100 guests were treated to cake and lemonade as they made their way into the Landmark Inn lobby. With over 60 years of girl scouting behind her, Kierce has collected an assortment of Girl Scout and Brownie uniforms from the 1920s through the 1980s. She also has several pieces of jewelry, pins, badges, and cookie sale prizes, as well as a large collection of books. Local Girl Scout and Brownie troops put together some very colorful photo boards featuring their activities.

Among the guests were several current and former Girl Scouts and troop leaders. The Castroville Chamber of Commerce had several members of the Red Vest Committee on-hand to help with the celebration. The exhibit was open to the public March 12-31.

Landmark Inn State Historic Site is located in Castroville, approximately 20 miles west of San Antonio, in the Texas Hill Country Trail Region.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Estelle, for sharing your memories with us! We had a wonderful visit one Sunday and thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit.
    Sandy Finleon (Lifetime Girl Scout)from north central San Antonio.