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Monday, June 25, 2007


Historic Book Plate
Girl Scouts of
c. 1935

This last Saturday, a good friend and Girl Scout leader, Sandi Fastnow, led us on a tour of a Southern California treasure, the Old Mill in San Marino. She explained that she often comes to the Mill with her Girl Scout group. Sandi knew all the secrets about the Mill and its lush gardens. And, since The Museum of the San Fernando Valley had just acquired this vintage book plate (c. 1935) , and a tin Johnson and Johnson Girl Scout First Aid Kit from the late 1940s, I thought the image on our Museum blog might be a nice way of saying thanks to Sandi -and, to all those great people working through the Girl Scouts of America to make our country a better place to live.

Did you know that the San Fernando Valley has its very own Girl Scout Historical Society?
The Girl Scouts Historical Society meets the third Wednesday of the month, from 9am to 1pm at the council service center, 9421 Winnetka Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311.
The Society collects and cares for a collection of vintage Girl Scout uniforms, books, and memorabilia. These items are used to promote the history of Girl Scouting in programs for troops, displays, fashion shows and other presentations for Girl Scouts, leaders, and the community as a whole.

The area served by Girl Scouts of the San Fernando Valley encompasses a 260 square mile area, bounded by Los Angeles City line to the north, Mulholland Drive to the south, Burbank-Glendale to the east and the Ventura County line to the west.

"The San Fernando Valley deserves a great Museum of history and culture."


Gerald R. Fecht said...

A note from Sandi
One of the members of the San Fernando Valley Girl Scout Historical Group, Nancy Emch, is also an active member of the Mt. Wilson Vista Silver Trefoil Historical Group.
As GS-USA is in the process of consolidating over 300 councils into about 100 we will soon (by late
2008) become one big council encompassing all of Los Angeles County, so we will soon be "sister" groups (San Marino and the San Fernando Valley.) Between the two groups we have a fairly extensive collection of uniforms, handbooks, local records and other memorabilia that is quite well catalogued!
I love the bookplate, and I don't think that we have anything comparable!
Cooperation between all sorts of historical groups and collections is so important!
I am in the process of copying some of the old San Marino Girl Scout records for the 'Silver Trefoil' (Girl Scouts for 25 years or more) and the San Marino Historical Society (headquartered in Lacy Park, about half a mile from the Old Mill, on the opposite end of the park/ mill pond). Both collections are available to the public, but to
slightly different segments of the public!

Thanks again for the 'honor'!
Let's keep this local history thing going!

Gerald R. Fecht said...

A note from Celia Hicklin, California artist.

Hi. Thanks! I liked the part on the Girl Scouts. My Mom worked for
Centrillo Council in central Illinois. She had 4 girls all life-long
scouts. Celia

Gerald R. Fecht said...

Kimberlie Nitti - Girl Scouts of the San Fernando Valley wrote:
Thanks so much for your recent posting about Girl
Scouts of the San Fernando Valley! It's always great to get a historical perspective on things...we
> loved that vintage photo that you used.

Gerald R. Fecht said...

Note to Ms. Kimberlie Nitti

Dear Kimberlie,
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley belongs to you and the Girl Scouts.
When we get settled, the Museum will find ways to include the young women of the Girl Scouts in our projects.

Jerry Fecht for your Museum
"The San Fernando Valley deserves a great Museum of History and Culture."

gma said...

i was a girl scout in burbank in the 50's and have a uniform from that time. i was wondering if you would like it for the g.s. museum? where is the museum located? gma