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Civil Rights in Kentucky - Oral Histories: Wilderness Road Girl Scout Council Oral History Project

Wilderness Road Girl Scout Council Oral History Project


This project documents the history of the Girl Scouts in Lexington and Kentucky. Former executive directors, board members, and Girl Scouts discuss Central Christian Church Scout troops in Lexington, Girl Scouts in Lexington during World Wars I and II, scouting as a social activity, skills learned by Scouts, Trail's End Camp, hemp growing during World War II, the Girl Scouts' commitment to conservation and the environment, day camps, the merger of local units into the Wilderness Road Council in the 1950s, the Second Presbyterian Church, fund-raising, community support, attitudes in the 1930s about women camping, the origin of Girl Scout cookies, the Day Law and desegregation of the Girl Scouts, a trip to England in the 1930s for a folklore and folk dance festival, Mrs. A. R. Henry, Alice Rucker, Kathleen McGraw, Lady Badenpole's visit from England, and Laura Ball in Harlan County.


Number of Interviews        20

Total Hours                           18



Baden-Powell, Olave, 1889-1977  ; Ball, Laura ; Camping ; Central Christian Church (Lexington, Ky.) ; Conservation of natural resources ; Day camps ; Environmental protection ; Folk festivals--England ; Fund raising ; Girl Scout cookies ; Girl Scouts--Kentucky--Lexington ; Girls ; Hemp ; Lexington (Ky.) ; McGraw, Kathleen ; Rucker, Alice ; Second Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.) ; Segregation ; Segregation in education--Law and legislation--Kentucky ; Trail's End Camp (Ky.) ; Wilderness Road ; Wilderness Road Girl Scout Council ; Wilderness survival ; Women ; World War, 1914-1918--War work--Girl Scouts ; World War


Segregation, Integration, Education, Public Policy