On March 12, 1912 the American Girl Guides was founded; renamed Girl Scouts of the USA in 1913, the organization celebrates its centennial this year. Ms. Low was the founding force behind this beloved and respected educational organization. Born in 1860 and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Juliette Gordon Low was an artistic, humorous and active girl who later enjoyed traveling and philanthropy. Despite struggles with severely limited hearing and a turbulent marriage, Ms. Low sought to find a cause to which she could dedicate her life. In 1911, upon meeting the founder of the British based Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, Sir Robert Baden Powell, she knew she had found her cause.
Eighteen girls registered in the first American Girl Guides troop and now, one hundred years later, there are 3.3 million members making it the largest educational organization for girls in the world. The Juliette Gordon Low exhibition will be an intimate celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouting.