Scavenging for ‘Herstory’
By DREYMA BERONJA
Journal Staff Writer
MARQUETTE — What have women contributed throughout the course of history?
Residents of Marquette County are invited to celebrate the historical accomplishments of women with a self-guided historical scavenger hunt.
Throughout this month, families and anyone interested in learning more about women’s history are welcomed to the U.P. Children’s Museum in Marquette, Negaunee Public Library or the Carnegie Public Library in Ishpeming.
The free activity is put on by the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes.
GSNWGL recruitment support assistant Jane Markkanen said the program was created a few years ago, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program was shelved and brought back this year.
“It’s a fun activity for troops and families to share and in the process learn about some notable women in history,” Markkanen said in an email. “It is also a great way to share some of the amazing things that Girl Scouts do.”
Markkanen said while the challenge is geared more toward children, anyone is invited to participate.
“That’s why we made it easily accessible at local libraries throughout the Upper Peninsula,” Markkanen said. “We encourage anyone with some free time to stop in and see if you can find everyone on the list.”
GSNWGL provides girls with a variety of programming and opportunities ranging from events like HERstory to STEM activities and camping.
“We want girls to experience as many new things as they can and do it all in a safe and fun environment with their friends,” Markkanen said. “We try to include families in some activities as it is a great opportunity to bond (and) for caregivers to see their girls thrive in a girl-led environment, which often leads to the adults making new friends and experiencing new things.”
Markkanen said GSNWGL likes to partner with communities in many ways, from community service projects to informational tables about Girl Scouts.
“We think our program is an amazing opportunity for not only the girls involved but also for our wonderful group of volunteers who support and guide them,” Markkanen said.
For more information on GSNWGL, visit online at gsnwgl.org.
Dreyma Beronja can be reached at 906-228-2500 ext. 248. Their email address is email@example.com.