From February through June 2016, birthplace staff, as well as an
independent consultant, evaluated Girls Writing the World as one part
of the larger visitor experience of the site. A range of tools were
employed, including interviews with youth and adult visitors, surveys
of troop leaders and Girl Scouts, activities that encouraged visitors
to share feedback, comment cards, and observations of visitor behavior.
As shown in the evaluations, visitor response to the reimagined
library is very strong:
- 69% of surveyed Girl Scouts and troop leaders cited it as
their first or second favorite room in the house.
- 39% cited
it as their favorite.
Among comments from Girl Scouts about the reimagined library:
- “We loved how interactive the activities were.”
liked the library because it was very creative and had a lot of
thought and details in it.”
- “I loved seeing authors’ names
on the shelves—books written by women and about women.”
the library I learned about Daisy’s love for poetry…and loved time
“progressing” through books that we got to touch and look at.”
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From our expert evaluator consultant:
Based on the data collected from all of these differing formats, it
seems clear that the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace engages
visitors, making an impact on Girl Scouts and other visitors.
Visitors find their own meaning in a visit to the site, and in
particular, many Girl Scouts find deep personal meaning in their
visit. The new library installation is a critical component of that
inspiration and meaning-making process, helping girls and others
connect past to present. With its focus on girls, leadership,
visitor engagement, and innovative interpretation, the Juliette
Gordon Low Birthplace has the opportunity to become a leader in the
reinvention and relevance of historic houses in the 21st century.
Birthplace staff observations of the reimagined library:
- Numerous visitors have found the reimagined library to be a
positive and integral aspect of the birthplace experience.
- It has served as a catalyst for rethinking historical
interpretation at the site as a whole, moving the interpretation to
one of active inquiry where visitors are encouraged to learn and
explore on their own or with prompts.
- The new exhibit positions girls as
active participants who offer their own creative contributions to
make the world a better place.
- Exploring history in
unexpected ways via the exhibit has surprised and challenged guests
in positive ways, and has allowed experimentation with new platforms
for discovery that make history relevant to girls and adults.
- The theme of women’s empowerment,
which was the core of Juliette Low’s work and is the central tenet
of the Girl Scout Movement today, bridges past and present in the
- By preserving and
communicating Juliette Low’s interests and ideals, this installation
offers innovative solutions to the challenges faced by traditional
historic house museums.