Archives at Annual Meeting

Saturday, April 8, was the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. The Archives & History Committee always creates a display for the event.

This year we featured vintage adult uniforms and uniform kits. As usual, I visited with so many people that I forgot to take many pictures, but here are a few:

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Vintage adult Girl Scout uniforms.

IMG_3787The uniform display was so popular that we had people lining up to take photos with them!

Troops can check out vintage uniform kits for meetings or events. Each kit is a suitcase containing about seven uniforms and handbooks. We have all-age samplers, as well as Brownie, Junior, and Teen kits. We will be adding an adult kit soon.

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Uniform Program Kits

We were delighted to receive an enormous new donation just a few days before the Annual Meeting.  Not only did the donation include many adult uniforms in near-pristine condition, there also were nearly 50 international uniforms from the 1950s.

They came from the family of Janet McIntyre of Chevy Chase, Maryland. Janet had been an active Girl Scout leader beginning in the 1950s. Like many leaders, she accumulated many, many, GS materials over the years, and troops could borrow items, such as these vintage uniforms, for meetings and ceremonies. Janet passed away in June 2015 (age 94). Her children discovered the uniforms as they prepared to sell the house and contacted the council to inquire about donating.

We brought a few of the international uniforms to display at the Annual Meeting as well. This Brownie dress from the Philippines may be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. The hand-embroidered badges are sewn on the waistband. (See next post.)

Committee members also wore vintage uniforms. I picked the Stella Sloat dress from 1968. I think we should bring back gloves.

Council members can check out vintage uniforms to wear for the National Conference Session this October. Contact me if you are interested.

©2017 Ann Robertson

 

12 thoughts on “Archives at Annual Meeting

  1. I love getting your posts. They bring me back to the fun days of my youth when my sister and I were Junior Girl Scouts. I saved my sash and hat. Lately, I started collecting GS memorabilia. Thanks!!!!

  2. Hi Ann,

    I enjoy reading your Girl Scout History Project posts. I have a question regarding your uniform kits. In our council (Girl Scouts of Northern California), we have rental collections of historic uniforms. But, we also have an excess of extra historic uniforms. I am curious as to how you determine the sizes of the uniforms in your kits as well as the number of different ones. Do you have just one of each uniform for Brownies etc.? Do you charge to borrow the kits? Where are they kept?

    Thanks for your help.

    Ann

    • We don’t focus on size, other than to make sure that a multi-part uniform is all the same (like a blouse and jumper). We know it is unlikely that today’s girls will fit old uniforms. Kits have about 8 different uniforms, which fills up the suitcases they are stored in. The kits are kept at our equipment center which handles the checkout process.

  3. Hmmm… Maybe I should suggest this to our council for their annual meeting. By the way, all our dress forms are the type like the right hand two in the front row, with the wooden post coming out of the neck. I have worked out a way to make archivalty safe hat forms that will fit on these posts to display the hats with the uniforms. I carve them out of polyethylene foam, and I use a hole saw to make a hole part way through the form that will fit snugly over the post.

    Love the display, and I love your posts. Keep up the good work!

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  5. Great idea and excellent execution. It’s nice to see projects that larger Councils can do. Congratulations on all your hard works.

    On Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 11:58 AM, Girl Scout History Project wrote:

    > Ann Robertson posted: “Saturday, April 8, was the 2017 Annual Meeting of > the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. The Archives & History > Committee always creates a display for the event. This year we featured > vintage adult uniforms and uniform kits. As usual, I visi” >

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  7. Fabulous items! Looking forward to the followups (I just read your Minnie Hill post today) Your post leaves me with questions: Where did this huge donation come from? Why now (annual meeting, clearly, but why were they parting with the collection now)? Where did they get the items? For how long were they collecting them? Why were they collecting them?

    • Good questions, Arielle, so I added the following to the first post about the donation: “They came from the family of Janet McIntyre of Chevy Chase, Maryland. Janet had been an active Girl Scout leader beginning in the 1950s. Like many leaders, she accumulated many, many, GS materials over the years, and troops could borrow items, such as these vintage uniforms, for meetings and ceremonies. Janet passed away in June 2015 (age 94). Her children discovered the uniforms as they prepared to sell the house and contacted the council to inquire about donating.” 

      • Aha! Makes perfect sense. Thanks so much 🙂

        Now I want to know where she got them – from retiring leaders and neighbors/friends/relatives who’d done the same? From yard sales/antique shops?

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