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Girl Scout Gold Award Project Gets Congressional Recognition

New London Ambassador Girl Scout, Mara Scherer, wanted to celebrate in her local community the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting.

Last spring, Mara approached the New London Public Museum with an idea of doing a museum exhibit for her Gold Award project. The exhibit would focus on the history of Girl Scouts. Museum Director, Christine Cross, readily agreed, but warned Mara that the museum only had a few items.

Mara brought her proposal to the Girl Scout Council and received approval for the project in August of 2011. For many months, Mara worked on researching the exhibit and finding artifacts to borrow. Her research included talking to former Girl Scout Leaders and Scouts, studying the history of scouts and scouring past New London newspapers for information. She worked on acquiring not only items but also information about Girl Scouting around the world and especially in New London.

After months of work, Mara opened the exhibit “Girl Scouts 1912-2012” on March 10, 2012. Girl Scouts past and present were at the opening event. Among the many guests was Mark Rahmlow, Field Representative for Congressman Reid Ribble. Mr. Rahmlow presented Mara with a Congressional Proclamation acknowledging that on Monday, March 12, 2012, during a congressional session, Congressman Ribble would recognize Mara’s years in Girl Scouting and her Gold Award Project. He asked his fellow congressmen to join in celebrating the life of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts. He also commended Mara for her project and congratulated all Girl Scouts for keeping their promise to serve God and country, as well as helping their neighbors.

Mara is thankful for all the past Girl Scouts who lent items to the exhibit and shared their knowledge and stories. She is also grateful to the Wisconsin Historical Society for lending four early uniforms and to Christine’s guidance in helping her put together a museum exhibit. The exhibit will be open through May 12, 2012.

The New London Public Museum is a gathering place to explore history and discover a wider world. Exhibits include artifacts focusing on natural, local, and Native American history and soon Girl Scouts. The museum is located in the lower level of the New London Public Library, 406 S. Pearl St. and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday. Find out more on our website www.newlondonwi.org/museum.htm. Contact the New London Public Museum at 920-982-8520 or [email protected]. Come explore with us!

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