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  • Something Special is Happening at the Birthplace!


    Stay tuned for updates regarding Sojourn in Savannah, which will take place in October 2018. Girl Scout Alumni, history enthusiasts, educators, and anyone interested in the mission of Girl Scouts, is invited to spend a fun and inspiring weekend in Savannah, Georgia.

    We will announce more details in the coming months. Email us at birthplace@girlscouts.org to request to join the Sojourn in Savannah mailing list.

  • Small Objects, Big Legacy: Savannah Showcases Girl Scout History Using Artifacts from Juliette Low’s Birthplace


    A visit to the Juliette “Daisy” Low Birthplace is a big event for a Girl Scout troop.  Girls hold huge fundraisers, and travel great distances to experience the home of the founder of our movement.  Once inside Daisy’s large childhood home, Girl Scouts are delighted by the tiny treasures that await in every room.  From sketches by Daisy, to items from her travels, to Girl Scout artifacts that trace the rich history of the movement, the objects housed at the Birthplace tell a story of girl empowerment that began right here in Savannah, Georgia.  Recently, we partnered with the City of Savannah to use a few of those objects to help tell the story of Savannah itself.

    “Small Treasures”, an exhibit at Savannah’s City Hall, opens July 7, 2017 and features small objects from eight cultural institutions.  Girl Scouts lent four items from our early years of establishing the Birthplace as a site for girls to visit, make new friends, and be inspired by Daisy’s story. 

    In 1953, Girl Scouts spent $65,000 to purchase Juliette’s birthplace, but additional funds were needed for the restoration.  Fundraising to restore the site combined an organized national effort with grassroots fund drives led by leaders across the United States.

    What will visitors find on exhibit? They will see a 1950s receipt book used...



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  • American Association for State and Local History Presents Juliette Low Birthplace with Award of Merit


    The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace was recently honored with the Award of Merit by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). In their 72nd year of presenting awards for Leadership in History, AASLH recognized the exhibit, Girls Writing the World: A Library, Reimagined as a continually evolving exhibition, activities center and launchpad for new interpretation.

     

    Read AASLH's Press Release

     

    Girl Scouts of the USA will receive the honor in September at the AASLH annual conference in Austin, Texas  This prestigious award comes right on the heels of an Honorable Mention by the American Alliance of Museums for the same exhibit.

    Filled with historical artifacts, art installations and activities, visitors to Girls Writing the World: A Library, Reimagined discover Juliette’s love of literature, explore the relationship between Girl Scouts and communication skills, and position girls—and themselves—within the literary tradition. Our goals for this exhibit and related programming include promoting active learning for diverse audiences (including Girl Scouts a...



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  • Juliette Low Birthplace Library Recognized by the American Alliance of Museums


    The staff at GSUSA and the Juliette Low Birthplace was thrilled to receive an Honorable Mention for our library exhibit, Girls Writing the World: A Library, Reimanined, from the American Alliance of Museums’ (AAM) 23rd annual “Excellence in Exhibition” competition.  Since the transformation in 2015, our girl and adult visitors have told us how much they love Girls Writing the World: A Library, Reimagined, so to be recognized in the company of some of the most innovative museums in the country is a fantastic honor!  Girl Scouts has worked hard to care for this national treasure since purchasing the Birthplace in the 1950s, making it a place where all visitors can see themselves reflected in Girl Scouts’ mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.  Stay tuned for more exciting projects to come!

  • Super Museum Sunday


    Be sure to come out on February 5, 2017 to enjoy free admission to the dozens of Georgia sites participating in Super Museum Sunday.  The Juliette Low Birthplace will be offering free "taster tours" to visitors from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm.  Check out this year's list of participants.  We hope to see you there!

  • Birthplace Celebrates 60th Anniversary and Daisy's Birthday


    As an historic site, we spend a lot of time talking about the past, but as Girl Scouts we also think about what we can do to shape a better future.  In October 2016, the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace celebrated 60 years as a museum, and just like the Girl Scouts who dedicated the house on October 19, 1956, we shared our wishes and dreams for the future and considered how we as a site can best serve our community and the world for the next 60 years.

    Sixty years to the day after Girl Scouts celebrated the opening of birthplace with a dedication ceremony, JGL staff welcomed Dr. Sarah Ruffing Robbins* to speak to a group of dynamic Savannahians.  In her address, Dr. Robbins gave examples of how the Juliette Low Birthplace, and the broader community, can use our histories and collections to positively impact our community.  The evening featured poetry readings by local Girl Scouts, and many great questions and observations from our audience. Following the program, a dinner and conversation for women leaders from GSUSA and Savannah took place in our beautiful historic dining room.

    Listen to Dr. Robbins' address.

    On October 29, JGL staff continued the site’s 60th anniversary celebration and commemorated Juliette Low’s 156th birthday with a fun-filled, free afternoon for local Girl...



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  • New addition to the library collection


    Girls love to run track. Wow at a dance recital. Score the winning goal. Being active in sports helps girls become strong and confident throughout their lives. Author Kara Douglass Thom knew this when she wrote the book series to accompany Dream Big Toy Company’s Go! Go! Sports Girls dolls. We’re thrilled that girls can now enjoy signed copies of these books as part of our library exhibit, “Girls Writing the World.”

    Check out Go! Go! Sports Girls for the sporty girl in your life!

  • New permanent installation—Girls Writing the World: A Library Reimagined


    Illuminating the literary contributions made by, for, and about women, the interactive, reimagined Juliette Gordon Low library elevates the mission of Girl Scouts. Evident in the 1913 Interpreter badge and today’s Netiquette badge, proficiencies in reading, writing, and speaking have played fundamental roles in the growth of Girls Scouts, fostering their curiosity, exploration, and intellect.

    Tracing the arc of female writers and speakers from the beginning of time to the present, and inspired by muses, goddesses, and heroines, the framework for this installation draws on the themes of memory, knowledge, imagination, poetry, and wisdom. As “a room of their own,” the library provides girls of all ages with a space in which to see themselves reflected and to find their own voices. Nourishing the senses, it can inspire them to remember, know, imagine, rhyme, and reason, and from this, to grow wise, as they make the world a better place.

    Watch the transformation in a time-lapse video!

  • September tickets on sale now


  • Birthplace honored as site to celebrate Women’s History Month


  • Satisfy your cookie craving at the birthplace


    February 12, 2016: Something sweet is coming to the corner of Oglethorpe and Bull. That’s right—cookie season is finally here! Come support our local Girl Scout troops, who will be selling cookies in front of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace on the following dates: February 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 24, 26, and 27, and March 2, 4, and 5.

  • Birthplace recognized for stewardship of Girl Scouts’ treasured home


    We are pleased to announce that the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace has been honored with a third award for our exterior restoration. After completing this major two-year project, we were thrilled to be recognized by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Savannah Foundation, and now by the American Institute of Architects. Since 1953, GSUSA has been committed to preserving this precious piece of Girl Scout history and ensuring that the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace continues to provide meaningful experiences for Girl Scouts for generations to come.