On Sunday, June 26, the Nation’s Capital Archives & History Program Center in Frederick, Maryland, opened its doors to the public.

The Center’s grand opening was September 19, 2015, and programs are held there for troops on the 3rd Saturday and Sunday each month. Otherwise, the all-volunteer-operated center is open by appointment only.

We are re-evaluating hours and program opportunities for the 2016-2017 Girl Scout year and hope to have more drop-in days. We are also planning a few training classes for adult volunteers.

I was especially happy to finally meet fellow Girl Scout Historian Sandy Dent in person. She’s with the Central Maryland council, and we’ve been Facebook friends for years.  Most of the photos here are hers. (Thanks Sandy!)

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One guest–and now a new committee member–had several questions about former camps. She also shared memories of wading at camps in the 1960s. That reminded me of one of the most treasured items in our collection, the Murray Camp Scroll. Naturally, I had to pull it out.

The scroll is the 1960 Camp Committee report, but rendered in a truly unique fashion. The scroll is about 80 feet long and was donated by the family of Ann Murray, a former Camp Committee chair. Isn’t it amazing?

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Archives and History Committee members LOVE to share our collection. If you haven’t been able to schedule a visit yet, contact me (ann@robertsonwriting.com), we’ll try to work something out.

5 responses to “Open House a Success”

  1. We would like to visit in December on our way to Florida. Who and when should we make contact to arrange this?

    1. Contact me (ann@robertsonwriting.com) when you have a date. Wednesdays are best, but we are flexible.

  2. This is the email I was talking about this morning from the Girl Scout History Project.

    Sent from my iPad


  3. Susan Garrity Avatar
    Susan Garrity

    Hello Ann: I wondering if you can direct me to whomever might have information on Mrs. Robert Grady Johnson or Louise Richardson White Johnson. She was “Commissioner of Girl Scouts”, in Raleigh or Wake County during North Carolina during World War ll. Her residence was on Carr Street in Raleigh. Her daughters are involved in helping with Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines 100th Anniversary celebration. I am a Co-chair for the event.

    Even if there isn’t any specific information on Mrs. Johnson do you have any information on the role/responsibilities a “Commissioner of Girl Scouts” would have had during WWII?

    Thank you very much for any light you can shed.

    Susan Garrity 919 602 2490 http://www.starlightsoiree.org


    1. Hi Susan. Sounds like a fascinating project! Today a commissioner would be the council president; the highest volunteer position and head of the board of directors. If the council doesn’t have much information about her, I would try some online searches, like Newspapers.com. Also try the archives of local Raleigh newspapers, especially around October 31. Until 1954, Girl Scout week was celebrated around October 25-November 1. Good luck!

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