Friday, May 18, 2012

Celebrate International Museum Day at GSSJC's own museum of Girl Scout history

Timeline panels inside the Goodykoontz Museum
of Girl Scout History.
Happy International Museum Day, Girl Scouts! In Houston we are lucky enough to have a whole network of world-class museums available to us - many that partner with GSSJC for Girl Scout activities on a regular basis.

But did you know our Council also has its very own museum of Girl Scout history? And it's open to the public for free!

The Goodykoontz Museum of Girl Scout History - named for Lifetime Girl Scout, historian and philanthropist Dorothy Goodykoontz - opened in 2007 and is located at GSSJC's Program Place for Girls, 3000 Southwest Fwy. in Houston. 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 nearly 100 years our Girl Scouts have been so involved in our Southeast Texas community," said Goodykoontz in a 2010 press release. "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."

Museum visitors are invited to take their own self-guided tour or can opt for a tour 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 that represent 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 - Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more information or to reserve a guided tour, email girlscoutmuseumtour@sjgs.org.

Have you visited the Goodykoontz Museum of Girl Scout History? What is your favorite part?