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March 15, 2014

THE PEOPLE SPEAK — Honor Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month and what better way to celebrate than to honor the nation’s long-standing girl and young women’s initiative — Girl Scouts? At Muskogee Three Rivers Museum through March, you can step back in history and view exhibits of vintage Girl Scout uniforms; accessories and memorabilia.

Sponsored by Three Rivers Museum and Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, you will experience a small sample of what girls and young women have worn through the years as they have served their communities; helped people at all times and lived and obeyed the Girl Scout laws. The Girl Scouts global sisterhood began in 1912, when founder Juliette Gordon Low assembled 18 girls in Savannah, Ga., to share with them the potential for a lifetime of traditions that survive today, more than 100 years later.

On display at the Museum, you will learn about Girl Scout uniforms through the years, with examples dating from the 1950s, 1960s and some more contemporary styles. For instance, the Brownie uniform around 1956 was made from chambray,  gingham or light brown broadcloth.  It had a self fabric belt and a six-gore skirt.  That particular uniform had been unchanged since 1941.

In the late 1970s, designer Halston created a new uniform for adults — five pieces in sage green complemented with a tone-on-tone ivory silk-like blouse.  The set is on display.  Not to be outdone, Bill Blass created his version of an adult ensemble in the 1980s. It, too, is part of the collection on display at Three Rivers.

Many lifetime and past Girl Scouts have helped to make this exhibit possible.  Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma thanks the family of the late Pauline Williams, herself a Girl Scout icon. A special thanks to The Grand Flea Market for loaning a display piece for the clothing. Other contributors to the collection are the late Maggie Bresser William; Sarah Campbell Turner;  Susan Witt, Trisha Bresser;  Amy Richmond;  Leisha Haworth; Etta Nottingham;  Jean Gullick Kay; Justine Campbell Thompson and Kathryn Graves Henshaw.

ANDREA CHANCELLOR

Marketing & Membership Executive

Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma

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