New Brunswick

Girl Guides seek memorabilia for Saint John archives

New Brunswick Girl Guides wants former members to donate memorabilia to the Guide House archives in Saint John.

Former N.B. Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders asked for uniforms, photos and other items

The Girl Guides in New Brunswick are asking former Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders to dig through their closets and trunks for their Girl Guide memorabilia.

The provincial archives for New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island is housed in the basement of Guide House on Rothesay Avenue in Saint John and it’s looking for donations.

"We want old Girl Guide memorabilia to help build our archives," said Guide leader and spokesperson Jacqui Comeau.

"People can donate in various ways," said Comeau. "Either monetary donations to volunteering time to donating memorabilia. It helps build an amazing collection to be very proud of."

The archives already contain a number of artifacts from photographs of Lord and Lady Baden-Powell visiting New Brunswick in the early part of the 20th century to dolls, Girl Guide cookie boxes and uniforms.

Comeau said the organization will take anything related to Girl Guides of Canada and puts many items on display to the public.

"We have a team of archive ladies who go through all the items," she said. "Our volunteers routinely sort through the stash and let units have duplicates so they can be used in meetings, to do research or to trade with other countries."

To donate items former guides can contact Guide House in Saint John during regular business hours, Monday to Friday. Comeau also encouraged former guides to visit the display at the archives.

"My favourite part is the uniforms because you remember the little brown dress you had as a kid and just the memories flood back to you with that," she said.

The Girl Guides archives is open five days a week and is free to the public.

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