Special Collections and Archives, Fourth Floor, James Branch Cabell Library 901 Park Avenue, Richmond, VA 23284
In January of 2012, the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia (GSCV) began a year-long celebration of the100th anniversary of its parent organization, Girl Scouts of the USA. The national Girl Scouts organization was founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, and the first Virginia troop was started just the following year in Highland Springs. GSCV was chartered in 1963 with the merging of the councils of Richmond, Fredericksburg and Southside Virginia. Today, GSCV serves more than 21,000 individuals, including both girls and adults.
James Branch Cabell Library is home of the archives of GSCV and, as a part of the 100th-anniversary celebration, will present an exhibit of materials from the archives. The archives include everything from photographs and promotional literature to vintage Girl Scouts uniforms. The exhibit is free and open to the public during all normal library hours. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, please call (804) 828-0593.
Click here to see a Black History Month lecture of Viola Baskerville, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, talking about African-American involvement in Virginia Girl Scouting throughout the organization's 100-year history, focusing on the important work of Scout leaders from Richmond, Norfolk, Fredericksburg and beyond.