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Here is a list of all the local places that Flat Juliette visited over the last 30 months to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting. We hope that you continue to take her with you when you travel and take photos to submit to the website. She looks forward to the next 100 years!


1.    Daisy’s Knapsack in North Haven
2.    Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby
3.    Lock 12 Historical Park in Cheshire
4.    Peabody Museum in New Haven
5.    West Farms Mall in West Hartford
6.    Prudence Crandall House Museum in Canterbury
7.    Hubbard Park in Meriden
8.    Time Expo Museum in Waterbury
9.    Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport
10.    Nautilus Museum in Groton
11.    Durham Fairgrounds in Durham
12.    Camp Pattagansett in East Lyme
13.    Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington
14.    Essex Steam Train in Essex
15.    Wadsworth Falls in Middletown
16.    Frog Bridge in Willimantic
17.    Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury
18.    Mount Southington in Plantsville
19.    Shoreline Trolley Museum in East Haven
20.    Mystic Seaport in Mystic
21.    Elizabeth Park in Hartford
22.    Comstock Covered Bridge in East Hampton/Colchester
23.    Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill
24.    New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain
25.    Children’s Museum in West Hartford
26.    Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Hartford
27.    Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme
28.    Mark Twain House in Hartford
29.    Henry Whitfield House in Guilford
30.    Thimble Islands in Branford


 

 

 March 2013

Flat Juliette dons her vintage Mariner outfit for this shoreline adventure at the Thimble Islands in Branford!

  1. This archipelago consists of small islands in Long Island Sound in and around the harbor of the Stony Creek section of this town. They are made up of pink granite bedrock that were once hills prior to the last ice age. They are said to be named for the thimbleberry, a relative of the black raspberry. The area was important in the 19th century oyster farming industry.
  2. These islands were known to the Mattabeseck Indians as Kuttomquosh, “the beautiful sea rocks.” The rocks resulted from glaciations and number between 100 and 365 (23 are inhabited). They serve as a rest stop for migrating seals and a sanctuary for wild birds. Yale University owns the largest island and maintains an ecological laboratory run by their Peabody Museum of Natural History.
  3. The first European to discover them was Adriaen Block, a Dutch navigator, in 1614. Legend says that the pirate Captain Kidd buried his treasure here which causes much interest with treasure hunters. President William Howard Taft had a “summer White House” here, and P.T. Barnum’s General Tom Thumb, cartoonist Gary Trudeau, and broadcast journalist Jane Pauley were also well-known residents of the islands.
  4. One of the islands has a granite quarry which exported stone to such constructions as the Lincoln Memorial, Grant’s Tomb, and the base of the Statue of Liberty. The islands are included in the town’s historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can take scenic narrated cruises around the islands in the summer and hear the history and lore of the area.

March - "GSUSA is 101 years old this month! Have a celebration or do a special service project such as plant 101 bulbs at your school or collect 101 cans of food for the Food Bank."

 

 February 2013

Flat Juliette is going way back in time at the Henry Whitfield State Museum in Guilford

  1. This house was built in 1639 as a home for the first minister and leader of the English Puritan founders of this town who were fleeing religious persecution.  The other founders had thatched-roof log cabins, but they built a fine stone residence for their esteemed leader as protection against hostile raids and as a fort for the community (the stone walls are two feet thick). The house also served as a place of worship until the church was built, a meetinghouse for colonial town meetings, and a shelter for travelers between the New Haven and Saybrook colonies.
  2. The style reflects post-medieval domestic architecture found in northern England and Scotland, rare in 17th century America. It was restored in the early 1900s. The rooms display antique furnishings and local artifacts. There are other buildings on the site: a barn with a variety of displays, an outhouse, and a graveyard with a connection to the Salem witch trials.
  3. The local Menunkatuck Indians aided the settlers in the construction of the house by transporting stone from nearby quarries on hand barrows.
  4. This is the oldest house in Connecticut and the oldest stone house in New England. It is a National Historic Landmark, a State Archeological Preserve, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

February - "Make some Valentines for Veterans and bring them to a Veteran’s Administration Hospital or nursing home. Also do something for Thinking Day to celebrate girls around the world."

 

 January 2013

 Juliette enjoys reading the works of another one of her contemporaries at the Mark Twain House in Hartford. 

  1. This place is a National Historic Landmark and was the home of a very famous author who used an alias to publish with. He lived there from 1874-1891 and wrote his most important works here. There are rotating exhibits on his life and legacy in the nation’s first LEED-certified museum and visitor center, opened in 2003.
  2. This writer was born in Missouri and only completed a fifth grade education. When his father died, he apprenticed at a newspaper and later worked at other newspapers in New York City and Philadelphia. He was also a Mississippi riverboat pilot, a silver prospector and a lecturer. He then focused on writing social criticism attacking political corruption, big business and the American obsession with getting rich that seemed to dominate that era. He also attacked the institution of slavery and the failures of reconstruction.
  3. It is a stunning example of Picturesque Gothic architecture—a 25-room home with a dramatic grand hall with rare examples of Victorian decorative arts by Louis Comfort Tiffany, a lush glass conservatory, a grand library and a billiard room where he wrote his books.
  4. Some of his famous quotes:  
    “Travel is fatal to prejudice.”
    “When in doubt, tell the truth.”
    “Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.”

January - "Don’t forget about doing some healthy physical activities outside to keep fit in the winter. Try sledding, skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, or help out with shoveling."

 

 December 2012

Juliette has again been following the CT Art Trail to the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

  1. This Georgian-style house was built in 1817 on a 12-acre estate and is the site of the Home of American Impressionism. She was the child of a sea captain born on Christmas Day of 1850. Her family’s fortune changed as a result of the Civil War, so they turned the house into a school, then a boarding house. By the late 1890’s, only she was left to maintain the homestead.
  2. In 1899, artists started coming to establish a new American school of landscape painting—the Lyme Art Colony was born.  She lent respectability to this bohemian group of painters as the house became the center of America’s best known impressionist art colony (which included Childe Hassam).
  3. In 2002, its founder was inducted into the CT Women’s Hall of Fame and a new large gallery opened for more exhibit space, storage and a museum shop. Visitors can also just come to paint the beautiful landscape of the marshy coastline of the Lieutenant River. There are lush gardens on the grounds filled with historically-accurate plant materials and heirloom fruit trees.
  4. There is an education center (classroom/studio/performance space) where students can come to try their hand at en plein air painting, take workshops, and attend summer camps or teambuilding sessions. GSOFCT recently had programming here in their Wee Faerie Village and there is now an exhibit of First Lady Ellen Axson Wilson’s Impressionist art on display.  (Note: Mrs. Wilson was born in Savannah, GA in 1860—just like Juliette Gordon Low!)

December - "The holiday season is a great time to share the gift of song with people in convalescent homes and assisted living facilities."

 

 

 November 2012

 Juliette is where reading is FUNdamental at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.

  1. This center preserves and interprets this famous home and historic collections, promotes vibrant discussion of the writer’s life and works, and inspires commitment to social and economic justice and positive change. As a woman of the 19th century who didn’t have the right to vote or hold office, she used her words to voice her convictions, turn the tide of public opinion and become the most influential woman of her time.
  2. This famous writer was born in 1811 in Litchfield, the 6th of 11 children. She wrote at an early age and at 7, won a school essay contest. She studied at the Litchfield Female Academy, one of the earliest to encourage girls to study academic subjects and not just ornamental arts. Later she was a student and then a teacher at Hartford Female Seminary where she furthered her writing talents.
  3. Her most famous book began as installment articles in a newspaper about slavery: “Life Among the Lowly” (its alternate title). She published 30 books and countless short stories over 51 years which enabled her to write full time for financial security. She also disobeyed the law by hiding runaway slaves because of her anti-slavery stance.
  4. She moved to Hartford (after living in Ohio, Maine, and Massachusetts where her husband was a professor) to a retirement Victorian Gothic cottage-style house and remained there for 23 years (while also wintering in Florida). She helped to reinvigorate the art museum at the Wadsworth Atheneum and established the Hartford Art School, and went on speaking tours to promote racial equality.

November - "Remember what you are thankful for this month. Plan a service project for someone in need such as collecting hats and mittens or making a food basket for social services to give to a family."

 

October 2012

Juliette is having a whale of a good time at the Children's Museum in West Hartford.

  1. This museum offers hands-on fun with science and nature for younger children and their families. There are exhibits and demonstrations, educational activities, a live animal wildlife sanctuary, state-of-the-art digital science dome movies and planetarium shows, vacation and summer camps, sleepovers, scout activities and special events.
  2. The wildlife sanctuary takes in unwanted pets, confiscated illegal pets (exotic animals that were illegally sold through international pet trade), injured animals and accidental tourists (non-native animals that arrive in shipments of lumber or fruit).
  3. There is an on-site pre-school that is a science-linked early childhood education center.
  4. Conny, a life-sized replica (60 feet long) of a sperm whale (CT’s state animal), has been there for over 30 years. He is made of iron and cement and squirts water out of his blowhole (although real whales don’t—they just exhale hot, moist air that is foggy). When you step inside, you can hear whale sounds.

October - "Hope that you plan to attend our Energy Expo at the Westfield Meriden Mall on the 20th. We all need to learn more on how to conserve energy!"

 

 

 September 2012

Juliette is getting smart about art at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

  1. This place was founded in 1903 and is designated as the first museum/institution of strictly American art in the country. It was started with $20,000 in gold bonds from John Butler Talcott.
  2. The types of art that are included in the collection are Colonial and Federal portraits, still lifes, post-Civil War figural painting, Impressionism, early modernists, precisionists and social realists, the Ash Can School, the Hudson River School, American abstracts, abstract impressionism, Pop and Op art, photo realism, murals, sculpture and others.
  3. There are more than 10,236 pieces of art by renowned artists including Thomas Cole, John Frederick Kensett, Thomas Hart Benton, John LaFarge, Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Sol LeWitt, and many others.
  4. There are many types of family and school programs to introduce children and adults to the varied world of art through guided tours, art workshops, labs, classes and social activities.

September - "Have you all checked out the new program offerings in the 2012-2013 Program Resource Guide to see what you want to register for in the upcoming year?"

 

August 2012

Juliette is digging into the past at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill.

  1. In 1966, fossil tracks were uncovered during excavation for a state building and in 2006, more tracks were uncovered across the street, removed and also saved. This location contains one of the largest concentrations of dinosaur tracks (over 2000) on a single layer of rock anywhere in North America.
  2. The first dinosaurs roamed the Connecticut Valley 200 million years ago. This 55,000 square foot geodesic dome protects over 500 fossilized footprints preserved in the rock of the Mesozoic flood plain and has a life-size Triassic Diorama.
  3. Surrounding the dome exhibit center are more than 2 miles of nature trails and an arboretum containing firs, ferns, ginkgos, katsuras, magnolias and other living representatives of plant families which appeared in the Age of Dinosaurs. There is also an outdoor Track Casting area to make a plaster cast of a dinosaur footprint and a gem & fossil mining sluice to try.
  4. This public park was created to display and interpret this unique scientific and educational resource. The fossil trackway is so extraordinary that it was placed on the Register of Natural Landmarks by the National Park Service in 1968. On August 18 this summer, check out a special day of activities here.

August - "Start a journal to record your activities that incorporate the Girl Scout Law in your everyday life so you can earn the Living the Law pin."

 
 

July 2012

Juliette is crossing over to a new Girl Scout Year at the Comstock Covered Bridge in East Hampton.

  1. This bridge was first built in 1791, was rebuilt in 1873, overhauled in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and restored again in 2011. It is one of only three historic covered bridges remaining in Connecticut.
  2. It has a main span of 80 feet in length with the overhead roof (and another 30 feet uncovered) over the Salmon River that is the boundary between two towns. It was built with a Howe-patent truss—a major bridge project in its day. The bridge originally cost $3958.59 and the laborers were paid $1.00 per day.
  3. In the 1850s, there was a gristmill, sawmill, blacksmith shop and wood turning shop nearby on the river. The bridge served the traveling public for many years until a concrete bridge on the main road just downstream was built in 1932. It was then transferred by the towns to be a part of the State Forest and is now only for pedestrian use.
  4. It is an ideal location for hiking and fishing. In 1976, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

July - "Have you booked a presentation by the Traveling Juliettes to come visit your troop and share stories about my life? Also check out the Treasure the Past Patch Program—you can research Girl Scout topics and collect oral histories from former Girl Scouts in your town."

 

 June 2012

Juliette thinks a rose by any other name smells just as sweet at Elizabeth Park in Hartford

  1. There are 102 acres having a 2.5 acre rose garden with 15,000 bushes and more than 600 varieties of roses; a tree trail, greenhouses, pathways, lawns for playing, a picnic grove and recreation area.
  2. This place was once owned by Charles M. Pond, a wealthy industrialist, director of the NYNH & Hartford Railroad, Hartford Hospital, and Phoenix Fire Insurance Company, and Treasurer of the State of Connecticut. He willed his estate to the city of Hartford with the stipulation that it be used as a horticultural park and be named for his wife.
  3. The city hired Theodore Wirth as its first park superintendent in 1896 to design the garden areas. It is a site on the National Register of Historic Places.
  4. Flower shows, full moon tours, lectures, poetry readings and concerts are held here on the beautiful grounds. Three to four weddings are held here each weekend during warm weather months.

 June - "Have you signed up yet to attend the Change the World International Camporee at Camp Laurel in August? You will meet girls from all over the state and Girl Guides from other countries there. Take me on a camp out this month to get ready!"

 

 May 2012

 Juliette “sailing, sailing, over the bounding main…” on the Joseph Conrad at Mystic Seaport.

  1. In the Henry B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard, there are many historic vessels such as fishing schooners from 1921, the Charles W. Morgan and the Joseph Conrad from 1882 on which Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can sleep overnight on in April and May. Four of their many ships are National Historic Landmarks.
  2. There is a 19th century Seafaring Village with an oyster house, lobster shack, shipcarver’s shop, cooperage, printing office, general store, schoolhouse, chandlery, galleries, and museum. There is also a planetarium that demonstrates how seamen used stars for navigation. Additionally, you can get sailing instruction here or do research in their library for maritime studies.
  3. It was founded in 1929 on seventeen acres; more than 300,000-400,000 people visit our nation’s leading maritime museum annually. This was one of the first living history museums in the United States.
  4. More fun facts: They have shanty singers who have a music program featuring sea shanties and work songs. And, in 1997, Steven Spielberg shot various scenes here for his movie “Amistad.”

May - "I’m so excited to be going to the GSOFCT 100th Jubilee at the Durham Fairgrounds on the 19th! Stop by to see me at the Flat Juliette booth in the Cow Palace. It’s going to be an awesome day!"

 

 April 2012

Juliette is on track at the Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven.

  1. This museum started in 1945 to preserve the heritage of an endangered species, the trolley car. There is a collection of 100 vintage vehicles as well as artifacts and documents of the era.
  2. The wooden streetcar trolley in the photo is from 1911. It is also used for birthday parties, corporate events and other celebrations. You can also sign up for a course with an instructor to become a guest operator. There are special events offered at Easter, Halloween, and Christmas.
  3. It is operated predominantly through over 1000 member/volunteers. The electric railway is a National Historic Site and is the oldest continuously running line in the U.S. (it started running in 1900).
  4. A trolley ride takes you past granite quarries and through the salt marshes to Short Beach and then back to the main rail complex to see more vintage cars. In the 1930’s, it used to cost a nickel to get from one town to another.

April - "Singing Girl Scout songs is a long-standing tradition. I hope you are going to the Rock the Mall sing-a-long in DC or to a local Sup ‘n Sing to learn the new Girl Scout song 'Ignite.'"

 

March 2012

Juliette is having some wintry fun at Mount Southington Ski Area!

  1. There are 51 acres of skiable area here with a top elevation of 525 feet above sea level. The slopes are groomed daily for a fun family-friendly setting with 100% snowmaking, lessons, and night-skiing under the lights until 10:00 p.m.
  2. There are trails for all different ability levels: 6 Green Circle (easy), 5 Blue Square (more difficult), and 2 Black Diamond (most difficult).
  3. The seven lifts serving the mountain are: 2 double chairs, 2 triple chairs, 2 carpet lifts and 1 handle tow. There is a Drop Zone Terrain Park and Turkey Turn Park for boarders featuring Big-Air rails and boxes.
  4. Other activities at this location are Cardboard Box races, Ski Swaps, Retro Day and Winter Carnival.

 March - "This month is the 100th Anniversary of the founding of my first Girl Scout troop! I hope that you are planning to participate in a Promise Circle celebration in your town on March 12. Also remember to log in your community service hours on the GSOFCT website for your 100,000 Hours of Service Patch."

 

 

 February 2012

Juliette is having a wild ride at Quassy Amusement Park

  1. Native Americans once populated this area—the name of the lake means “Big Pond” or “Big Rock”. Then in the colonial days, King George (1690-1770) granted Abel Wheeler control of the lake where fishermen could rent boats and leave their horse in a stall for 50 cents a day.
  2. In 1888, a Mr. Richards opened the Grove House and had clambakes there. In 1908, a trolley line was put in and it became a summer resort for the area. Three businessmen bought it in 1937 and built a hot dog stand, picnic area, carousel, tea room and roller rink. Finally, after World War II, it became an amusement park.
  3. There are 22 rides on the south shore of the lake with a beach area and picnic grove on the 20 acres. Some of the attractions are called: Frog Hopper, Little Dipper, Big Flush, Galleon Pirate Ship, Saturation Station, and Free Fall ‘n’ Drop Tower.
  4. GSOFCT usually has a Fun Day here in the fall before they close for the season (which is May through September).
February - "I love doing art projects! Check to see if your Service Unit is having a local art exhibit with the theme 'What it Means to be a Girl Scout' and contribute one of your pieces of art to it."

 

 

January 2012

Juliette says "Hoppy New Year!" at the Frog Bridge in Willimantic.

  1. This kitschy American roadside landmark has four 11-foot high bronze frogs atop concrete thread spools, designed by sculptor Leo Jensen and opened in 2000. It represents this city’s prominence in cotton thread and silk manufacturing and the Great Frog Fight of 1754. This was a harrowing night when the townspeople rushed outside with their muskets to defend themselves from an unseen screeching menace thought to be an Indian attack or the end of the world! The next morning, they discovered scores of dead frogs who had fought for the last remaining puddles of water in a drought-stricken lake.
  2. The name of the city is an Algonquin term for “land of the swift running water”. In 1822, Charles Lee built a factory made of stone quarried from the river and by 1828 there were six cotton factories in the city. The American Thread Company was at one time the largest employer in the state as well as one of the largest producers of thread in the world! Its factory was the first in the world to use electric lighting.
  3. Many immigrants arrived here between the end of the Civil War until the outbreak of World War II from Ireland, Italy, Poland, Germany, Estonia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Canada and Puerto Rico to work in the mills.
  4. Fun facts:  The frogs were once featured in a “Zippy the Pinhead” comic strip in 2001. There is a “Boom Box Parade” here every year. Each frog cost $50,000.
January - "It’s important to stay active even in the middle of winter. Let me join you in a physical fitness activity this month so I can stay fit through the cold months."

 

 

December 2011

Juliette is falling in love with the outdoors at Wadsworth Falls in Middletown.

  1. There are 285 acres here that have many marked trails, a small bridge, 30-foot-tall waterfalls, a swimming area, and a picnicking area. Stream fishing and mountain biking are allowed.
  2. It is named after a noted scholar, linguist, and colonel in the New York National Guard who owned the property. His will established a corporation which is tasked to maintain the protection of the land, plants, and animals in his estate. In 1942, 267 acres were given to the State of Connecticut and it is now operated by the DEEP.
  3. The Coginchaug River (a tributary of the Connecticut River) runs through here. There was once a textile mill and gunpowder factory there using the available water power.
  4. Native Americans including the Wangunks, the Western Nehantics, the Pequot Mohegans and the Mattabesett tribe under Chief Sowheag came into this area until colonists with a smallpox epidemic forced them out.

December - "With the winter holidays approaching, I’ll be making some food gifts for my friends and family. Do you have any recipes that are tasty AND healthy?"

 

 November 2011

Juliette is moving right along at the Essex Steam Train

  1. Here you can enjoy a sightseeing journey through the Connecticut River Valley, first on an authentic vintage steam train, then on a Mississippi-style riverboat.
  2. This railway line has been in existence since 1868 from Hartford to Saybrook Point (45 miles with no tunnels or major bridges). The train ride is now a 12-mile eco-excursion by rivers, creeks, ponds, tidal wetlands and marshes that are inhabited by cormorants, ducks, swans, Greenland geese, blue herons, egrets and in February and March, Bald eagles!
  3. You can even eat a four-course dinner in a restored 1920’s Pullman diner while enjoying the view of what the Nature Conservancy designates one of the “last great places on Earth.” You can also take a ride on a Murder Mystery Train for a whodunit adventure.
  4. Other special events include a Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine, the Circus Train, the Fright Train (for Halloween weeks), the North Pole Express and Santa Special during the holiday season.
November - “I love to hike in the crisp autumn weather to look at the fall foliage and identify different types of trees, plants and wildlife. Please take me along on your next hike.”
 

October 2011

Juliette is making a good impression at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington.

  1. This colonial revival home, now a museum, was designed by the famed woman architect, Theodate Pope Riddle for her parents in 1898. She also designed Avon Old Farms School, Westover School in Middlebury, Hop Brook School in Naugatuck, a Reform School for Women in East Lyme and many other buildings including designing the reconstruction of President Theodore Roosevelt’s birthplace in New York City.
  2. The collection of artwork here is renowned, especially French impressionist masterpieces including Degas, Manet, Monet, Durer, Cassatt, and Whistler plus photographs, ceramics, furniture and other antique artifacts.
  3. There is a one-acre sunken garden on the 150 acre estate that was designed by Beatrix Farrand around 1920.
  4. This location is on the Connecticut Women’s Heritage Trail and the United States National Register of Historic Places, Connecticut’s Historic Gardens, the Connecticut Art Trail, and is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
October - “Since this is my birthday month, I hope that you include me on your Community Service Projects for this special year to make the world a better place.”
 

September 2011

Juliette is reaching new heights at the Pattagansett.

  1. There are 87 acres of wooded terrain here with a beautiful lake, hiking trails and a climbing wall. There is also a high ropes course, a spider web low ropes course, and a zipline at this site.
  2. Some of the names you will see here are Upper Windy, Lower Windy, Butterfly Lane, and Shady Side. It’s a fun place to go letterboxing!  Come for a visit this fall or spring for a hike or book your Service Unit Camporee here.
  3. Its mascot is a fox named Fiona and there is a Spirit Tree to tell your secrets to.
  4. Look for the gnome on the office porch. At night, the gnomes escape and you have to find where they relocated.
•   September - I would like to come to your meetings when your troop starts up again after summer vacation to see what you are planning for this exciting 100th Jubilee year.”

 

 

August 2011

 Juliette is enjoying a fair summer day at the Durham Fairgrounds.

  1. During the last full weekend in September, this location comes alive with the activity of up to 200,000 participants. In 1916, this event was held on the town green. It is the largest fair in North America managed entirely by unpaid volunteers!
  2. You can learn about livestock, plant science, arts and crafts or see entertainment and go on rides on the Midway and eat all day! There is a foundation to preserve and promote Connecticut’s agriculture and rural heritage by sponsoring events, programs and exhibits.
  3. There are very large buildings and barns where you can store cars, boats and trucks during the winter season.
  4. GSOFCT will be having a 100th Jubilee celebration here on May 19th, 2012 that is going to be super fun! Hope to see you there!
August - "I would like to be included with your family this month at a fun summer event such as a vacation, a family reunion, a backyard barbecue, a carnival or a sporting event!"
 

July 2011

Juliette is diving into adventure at the Submarine Force Museum and Library, Home of the Historic Ship Nautilus, in Groton.

  1. You can experience the thrill of being a submariner on the world’s first nuclear powered vessel, SSN 571.
  2. Check out a mural of Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” torpedoes, missiles, flags, machine guns, maps, and command centers. See a vessel named “Bushnell’s Turtle” from the Revolutionary War in 1776.
  3. There is a cephalopod (around since the early Pleistocene Age) in the name of this location.
  4. This National Historic Landmark would be a great day trip this summer! It offers free summer programs such as making sailor hats, rockets, ballistic balloons, dress-up day, a scavenger hunt and much more! Free admission and parking, too!

July - "I love being outdoors, so please take me to camp with you and take a picture doing your favorite activity of the day!"

 

June 2011

Juliette is taking a walk on the wild side at Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.

  1. In 1878, a wealthy farmer donated over 100 acres of land bordering the Pequonnock River on the condition that the city keep it as a public park forever.  P.T. Barnum used to walk some of his animals to this park for exercise.
  2. In 1881, the city contracted Frederick Law Olmsted (famous for creating New York City’s Central Park) as the principal landscape architect and designer.
  3. In 1909, the city erected this statue (created by Charles Henry Niehaus) at one of the entrances to honor the park’s founder. This location is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also has one of the few carousels in CT and one of the largest greenhouses in CT.
  4. In 1920, the citizens of the city were asked to contribute animals to the park.
  5. The GSOFCT Program Department has had some events at this fun location and is planning on having another one this coming fall because Juliette Gordon Low loved animals!

 June - "I like to write poems and plays and love doing art projects. I think it would be a great idea to start a journal with notes and sketches about your summer activities."

 

 

 

May 2011

Springtime is time to explore! Juliette was at the Time Expo Museum in Waterbury.

  1. A certain watch company’s story and heritage dating back to 1854 is told here. There are also exhibits of shadow sticks, sundials, water clocks, sand glasses and tower clocks and hands-on activities to do.
  2. You can walk through a time tunnel which leads to ancient mysteries and galleries dealing with anthropology. Thor Heyerdahl’s* island journey to explore cultural origins such as those on Easter Island are exhibited here. (*He was a Norwegian adventurer famous for his Kon-Tiki expedition, a 4300 mile trip by raft.)
  3. This large Moai statue is a replica of one of the 887 monolithic human figures carved from rock on the Polynesian island of Easter Island between the years 1250 and 1500.
May - "I’d like to march in the Memorial Day Parade with your troop to get points for the Keep Moving! Fitness Challenge patch!"
 

April 2011

Juliette is ready for April showers and May flowers at Hubbard Park in Meriden!

 

  1. The person who donated the land to this city spent his own money to clear the land and construct Mirror Lake with the help of Frederick Law Olmsted (who is famous for designing New York’s Central Park and many other public parks & academic campuses). He also built a tower on East Peak to resemble the towers built along the Danube & Rhine Rivers in the 12th century.
  2. A section of the 51-mile blue-blazed Metacomet Trail traverses through here, and the 1800-acre park is on the National Register of Historic Places.
  3. It is located in the Hanging Hills, a trap-rock sub-range of the Metacomet Ridge, and was formed 200 million years ago during the Triassic & Jurassic periods. It is also on an important seasonal raptor migration path and has rare plant communities in its microclimate ecosystem.
  4. It has the distinction of being the highest point within 25 miles of the East coast from Maine to Florida and on a clear day, it is possible to see Long Island Sound. Over 600,000 of 61 varieties of a certain spring flower bloom here in April!
April - "April is the month that has both Earth Day (the 22nd) and Arbor Day (the 29th)! Juliette loved the outdoors
and would like to help you plant a tree or clean-up the environment and be Forever Green!"

 

 

March 2011

Juliette hopped into Women's History Month at the Prudence Crandall House Museum in Canterbury

  1. This was once the house of a Quaker educator/abolitionist/human rights advocate who opened a school for African-American girls in 1831.
  2. This lady was arrested and imprisoned for trying to provide free education for black students.
  3. She won her case on appeal, but a mob of townspeople tried to set the school on fire and vandalize it. Fearing for her students’ safety, she had to close our country’s first academy for black women.
  4. She is Connecticut’s official State Heroine and the house is a National Historic Landmark.
March“Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? I’d like to meet a lady you know who has made a difference in your life, your town, your school, or your neighborhood.”

 

 

 February 2011

 

Juliette was hungry for more adventures, and ate Chinese food at the WestFarms Mall in West Hartford.

  • On February 3, we welcomed the Year of the Rabbit 4709. Check out the GSOFCT Chinese-Japanese Cultural Unity Patch for some fun activities!
  • "Gung Hay Fat Choy" is a greeting for the new year. It means “Best wishes and congratulations for a prosperous and good year.”
  • This 11 foot horse symbolizes the original Forbidden City in China which was built for China’s 1st emperor Qin Shi Huangdi (259-210 BC). The emperor had his terra cotta army of warriors and horses buried with him in the Xian tombs.

 

 

 January 2011

 

Juliette was digging up excitment at The Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University in New Haven.

  • This location has over 12 million specimens of natural history including CT Native American artifacts, Egyptian artifacts, rocks and minerals and over 700 specimens of birds (over 300 from CT).
  • The eleven wildlife dioramas are so authentic, they make you think that you are really there in the scene.
  • Rudolph F. Zallinger took 3 ½ years to paint a famous 110 foot long mural in the Great Hall.
  • Hiram Bingham’s collection of Incan artifacts will soon be leaving to go back to Peru.
 

December 2010 

Juliette was bundled up for winter fun at Lock 12 in Cheshire along the Farmington Canal Linear Park/Rails to Trails Greenway.

  • This former trade route was first constructed from 1825-1835. Canal boats and later trains traveled this route until the early 1980s.
  • This location is a part of a larger entity that covers approximately 84 miles on a north-south abandoned right-of-way between New Haven, CT and Northampton, MA.
  • You can run, walk, bike or blade here year-round!  (Hint-hint—go there if you are looking for something to do over your winter vacation.)
  • In this section, there is a famous restored 175-year old lock, a lockkeeper’s house, a museum and an unusual multi-centered helicoidal skew-arch stone bridge.
 

November 2010

 

Juliette was on the lookout at the Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby.

  • This location is in the smallest city in Connecticut.
  • The woman who donated the property had a first name of Frances and a last name of a cereal brand (no relation). She loved being outside like Juliette Gordon Low.
  • It’s on both the CT Historic Garden Trail and the CT Women’s Heritage Trail.
  • There are hiking trails, lectures, nature activities, hands-on programs, guided tours of the museum and special Twilight tours coming up. The house will be decorated for Holiday Traditions from November 26th to December 19th
 

 October 2010

 

Juliette was at Trick-or-Treating the Daisy's Knapsack Girl Scout Shop at the North Haven Service Center.

 



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