Sometimes you just have to get out of your meeting space and the Brownie Celebrating Community badge is the perfect excuse.
In this badge, girls get to find out what their communities do to celebrate all the people in them. Communities often celebrate what makes them special with ceremonies or parades. They might also celebrate by building statues or museums. So…..off to a museum they went!
In our town we have a museum dedicated to preserving, and educating about, the history of our town and our part of the state. According to it’s website, Museum of Western Colorado is the largest multi-disciplinary museum between Salt Lake City and Denver. Over the past forty years it has grown to include three major museum facilities, three active outdoor paleontology sites, an educational center and a respected research library. The museum offers a multitude of programs featuring dinosaur expeditions, extensive educational programming and historic and cultural trips and tours, ranging from local to international. One of the facilities is the Museum of the West, offers a thousand years of history, which is where our Brownies went to learn about our community!
The girls learned about our community starting with the Native Americans. They were able to gaze upon an ancient cup and ladle from the Anasazi and study Ute and Fremont Rock Art.
They sat in a one-room schoolhouse and learned what it was like to live in Grand Junction as a young child.
The Brownies loved to learn about traveling across the Rockies in a covered wagon. They got to “ride” in a stagecoach, “fly” a 1958 Cessna from Walker Field (our local airport). They got to see real firearms that outlaws used, and visit the Pastime saloon to experience western Americana at its best.
All-in-all a great time and a wonderful peek into the past of their community.