Throughout 2018, Savannah-area locals and visitors are invited to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace for Smart Cookies: How Women Have Changed the World with Food, a special after-hours tasting tour. Participants will sample foods that help tell “herstory”; they’ll also enjoy bites of inspiration about other trailblazing women of courage, confidence, and character who, through the years, have used food as a catalyst for change.
During this leisurely, after hours tour of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, a National Historic Landmark, participants will hear the powerful story of Juliette Gordon Low and how she came to found Girl Scouts—while they taste foods that bring her world to life. These offerings include a dish inspired by her family's experiences among the indigenous peoples of the Upper Midwest, a World War I–era Girl Scout recipe, and a Southern staple that was served at Girl Scout fundraising dinners in the 1950s.
Woven throughout the tour are stories and foods connecting Girl Scout history to several bold women from around the globe who have applied their skills both in and beyond the kitchen to make the world a better place. For example, a taste of sweet potato pie introduces Georgia Gilmore, an unsung hero of the civil rights movement whose pies helped fund the Montgomery bus boycott and whose kitchen provided sustenance and a safe haven to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders.
The tour concludes in the library for conversation over tea and treats—perhaps inspiring participants’ own recipes for change. Catering is being provided by Thrive, a woman-owned business and Savannah's only Green-Certified Caterer, which prides itself on using organic and locally sourced ingredients. In addition, Byrd Cookie Company provides one Lowcountry sweet with a long history.
Girl Scout Cookies aboard the Space Shuttle, ENDEAVOUR, with astronaut N. Jan Davis, 1992. Image from the collection of the Girl Scouts of the USA.