Georgia Magazine - December 2011 - (Page 22)

The dining room of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is set at Christmas as it might have looked during her childhood in the home. COURTESY JULIETTE GORDON LOW BIRTHPLACE A Low-Country Victorian Christmas The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah BY JANE F GARVEY . Savannah ★ • • “C ome right over! I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah and all America and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight.” With these words, Savannah-born Juliette Gordon Low in 1912 spoke eagerly in a telephone conversation to her cousin Nina Pape, and thus began her organization that would become known, the following year, as the Girl Scouts of the USA. She had been married to William Mackay Low, an Englishman, and after his death in 1905, she began looking for something to devote her life to. Sir Robert Baden-Powell’s found- ing of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides brought to Juliette the foundation of her organization, which began with just 18 girls. Today, its active membership approaches 4 million globally, as it nears the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1912. Christmas is a special time for the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace at the corner of E. Oglethorpe Ave. and Bull St. in Savannah. In December last year, as every year, Girl Scouts from all over the country and, indeed, the world make a special effort to visit the house to honor their founder. This year, as always, Girl Scout Brownies will gather at the feet of a More online at Docent Cissy Rudder encourages Girl Scout Dana Erickson to get a feel for what it was like to live during the Victorian era by wearing a 19th-century-style hoop skirt and shawl. storyteller to listen intently to a recitation of the “The Night before Christmas.” Later in the adjoining parlor, they will settle down again to learn more about Christmas customs at the house, and the docent will ask if they find anything missing. If past is prologue, hands will fling into the air. “Why is there no Christmas tree?” GEORGIA MAGAZINE 22 JANE F. GARVEY

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - December 2011

Georgia Magazine - December 2011
Georgia News
Picture This?
Calendar of Events
Magical Nights, Holiday Lights
Between the Covers
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Cooks

Georgia Magazine - December 2011