This month our Education Department is trying something new, a badge workshop day for Girl Scouts. With cookie sales underway, we thought February was the perfect month to focus on money with a unique day of hands-on money minded activities at the Village! Did you know the first Girl Scout cookies were sold in 1917, the same year women received the right to vote? Anti-suffragists feared that ”political gossip would cause her to neglect the home, forget to mend our clothes and burn the biscuits.” Well no biscuits (or cookies) were burned and today women and girls are still baking, and selling their way to financial independence! The Girl Scouts of the early 1900’s needed money to pay for their troop activities. With few options available, they took a marketable skill, baking cookies, and turned it into the financially successful business it is today! Along with selling delicious cookies, Girl Scouts learn the basics of business and finance; from basic money managing to budgets and small business ownership. At our workshop day, Heads or Tails, scouts will experience finance through a vintage eye, spending time on Main Street, working at Citizens Bank, visiting the Depot and the Worth Hotel, and shopping in Blum Brothers General Store!
Being a history museum, we appreciate dates in history and in February we celebrate Presidents Day, plus Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays too! Again a perfect fit for our financial literacy day because they are the face of our money; literally, their portraits are on the coins we use in financial transactions every day. Congress selected the presidents who are on US coins in recognition of their service to our country. The Abraham Lincoln penny was issued in 1909 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. George Washington’s image was put on quarters in 1932 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of our first president’s birth. Thomas Jefferson’s profile, which began to appear on the nickel in 1938, was chosen in a design competition among some 390 artists. After the death of Franklin Roosevelt, requests were made to the Treasury Department to honor the late president by placing his portrait on a coin. The Roosevelt dime was released in 1946. The first John F. Kennedy half-dollars were minted in 1964 after his assassination. But not only do Presidents feature on our currency, women have appeared as well; Susan B. Anthony on the dollar coin: 1979-1981, Sacagawea on the dollar coin: 1999-Present, and Helen Keller on the reverse of the Alabama quarter: 2003. In 2015, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that it will redesign the $10 bill to feature a woman’s portrait in 2020; it will be the first time in more than 100 years a female’s face has been honored on America’s paper currency. The only female to be represented on U.S. currency was Martha Washington appeared on a $1 silver certificate from 1880-1890.
We are excited to be a part of the financial education of the future workforce of America; whether these girls are budgeting for themselves or their corporation, what they learn today will help keep their bank accounts balanced and their investments in the black!
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