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On Sunday, March 20, 2022, Auburn Girl Scouts will host an 85th birthday party for the Girl Scout Hut, located at 234 E. Drake Ave. The hut was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in December 2021, and has hosted meetings of local Girl Scout troops since the 1930s. The celebration will be held from 1 until 3 p.m.
“We’re hoping to welcome veteran Girl Scouts who met at the hut back to celebrate the hut’s birthday,” said Troop Leader and Hut Manager Melissa Blair. “We’ll have old scrapbooks and a fashion show of vintage uniforms, and also have a guest book for those veteran Girl Scouts who would like to do an oral history recording about their time as Girl Scouts in Auburn.”
Blair, who is also a history professor at Auburn University, is hoping to build an archive of those recordings that can be saved by the university archives.
In addition to welcoming back former Girl Scouts, there will be treats, including Girl Scout cookies, face painting, crafts and demonstrations of Girl Scout skills like building a campfire and pitching a tent. Girl Scout leaders hope that the birthday party will raise awareness of the hut, its historic importance to the community and the need to preserve it.
“It’s a really special place,” Blair said. “The hut gives us a place to meet that is centrally located and also steeped in Girl Scout history.”
Currently, there are more than 200 girls active in Girl Scouts in Auburn, and about half of the city’s troops meet at the hut at least once a month.
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