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The Heritage Committee
The Heritage Committee of the Girl Scouts of Northern California is responsible for creating wonderful exhibits at both of the museums below. It also maintains a collection of uniforms and equipment that is available for public displays and fashion shows. The committee is always looking for donations of clothing and Girl Scout memorabilia, particularly from the years 1912 to 1940.
Camp Bothin Heritage Museum
An excellent collection of Girl Scout memorabilia, photographs, historic uniforms and artifacts is housed in this museum.
Tours/visits to the Camp Bothin Heritage Museum must be scheduled at least 2 weeks prior to the visit. If you are reserving Camp Bothin for an event, please feel free to schedule a museum visit while your group is on site. For more information about the Camp Bothin Heritage Museum or to schedule a visit, please e-mail Dorothy Brown at email@example.com or call (415) 479-2390.
The Heritage Museum at the Oakland office
The museum houses uniforms, pins, badges and memorabilia documenting local and national Girl Scout history. It also houses a scale replica of the home of founder Juliette Gordon Low. The 24-square-foot, nine-bedroom dollhouse features working electric lights, parlors, trunk rooms, and working doors and windows. It replicates the English Regency style of architecture that was fashionable at the time of its construction (1818-1821). The interior reflects a renovation that occurred in 1886 when Juliette Low was growing up.
The museum is located adjacent to the retail store and may be visited during store hours. Historic Uniforms and Memorabilia Collections
New Museum Exhibit at Oakland Office
Our latest exhibit focuses on the international aspect of Girl Scouting. It was something dear to the heart of Juliette Low who believed that Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world were a potent force for peace.
The Oakland exhibit also features the four Girl Scout World Centres:
- Our Cabana in Mexico
- Our Chalet in Switzerland
- Pax Lodge in England
- Sangam in India.
Featured uniforms include a Brownie and Guide from South Africa, a Brownie from Indonesia and a Girl Guide from Norway. They are shown with Lady Baden-Powell who served as Chief Guide for many years.
There are also cookie boxes as well as dolls from Canada and Japan. There is stitchery from Denmark, a neckerchief, patches and leaflets about guiding in Hong Kong, a badge sash and Brownie handbook form New Zealand as well as information on Thinking Day. There is also a display of international pins and patches as well as a tea towel from South Africa with patches sewed onto it in the general location of each district.
These items truly reflect the worldwide movement and impact of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. Stop in and take a look.
Collections of uniforms and other historical items can also be found at the other offices throughout the council. Some historical items can be checked out by groups and service units. To reserve uniforms and other historical items please call your local area office. Click here for contact information.