Brownie Scouts meet historical figures at SAHS museum

Newspaper columnist Lynn Horton in the character of Mrs. Coral Hand tells about war-era rationing to an attentive Brownie Scout audience. (Staff photo by Danny Harrison)

Newspaper columnist Lynn Horton in the character of Mrs. Coral Hand tells about war-era rationing to an attentive Brownie Scout audience. (Staff photo by Danny Harrison)

Some of Senoia’s most legendary historical figures showed back up recently at the Senoia Area Historical Society Museum on Couch Street, but only for a few minutes, and only for one honored troop of Brownie Scouts.

Senoia Girl Scout Brownie Troop #16316 one recent Friday afternoon held their meeting inside the museum, and after being greeted by Museum Director Maureen Schuyler, the Scouts were as well greeted by Mrs. Beulah Carmichael and her daughter Ina Mae Carmichael, who were played by real-life mother and daughter Melissa and Serenity Severson, and they learned about the simple art of making dolls with yarn.

SAHS member Lynn Horton, who also writes a weekly column for this newspaper, was waiting in the next room dressed as Mrs. Coral Hand to tell the story of wartime rationing using actual World War II-era artifacts from the museum’s permanent collection as visuals.

“It was an amazing afternoon,” Horton said. “The girls were so engaged. Their questions were so sophisticated.”

Horton said she was surprised when some of the girls already knew about rationing from historical fiction books they had been reading.

The museum’s special guests were also treated to presentations by Lori Kolbenschlag as Mrs. Holberg and Judy Belisle as Mrs. Welden.

In real life, Mrs. Welden’s daughter Callie was a Girl Scout back in the 1940s in Senoia, and she had an autograph book full of signatures and short messages from people she wanted to remember. These Brownie Scouts not only got to see Callie’s autograph book, but at the end of the event they were surprised as museum volunteers presented them with their very own autograph books to carry on the tradition.

And a good time was had by all.

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