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Girl Scout Little House gets National Register of Historic Places listing (UPDATE)


Girl Scout Little House - Ashland
(Kansas Historical Society photo)

The Girl Scout Little House in Ashland has sealed its spot in our nation's history! The City of Ashland has confirmed the Little House has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Built in 1937 by laborers employed through the Works Progress Administration (WPA), this unique Little House stands out for its quarried-stone exterior, historical significance, and longtime service to the community.

Kristi Lee, city clerk in Ashland, credited a group of local women who got together and volunteered to update the building, which is maintained by the city.

"They did a lot of updating to the building, planted some trees and just made it really, really look nice," Lee said. "The Girl Scouts helped, too. The City Council and all of us here were very excited to see that accomplished."

Lee said the Ashland City Council even toured the Girl Scout Little House to get a first-hand look.

"All of us really pitched in, and it's made it very nice for our girls," she said.

The Girl Scout Little House in Ashland was one of 10 Kansas sites nominated earlier this year after the Kansas Historical Society researched the Little House and other historic sites across the state. The Historic Sites Board of Review voted on which nominations to forward Washington, D.C., for evaluation.

The Kansas Historical Society noted the Little House was built to serve the Ashland Girl Scout troop, which formed in 1924, just 12 years after Juliette Gordon Low established the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia. The Little House, built on land donated by Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Nunemacher, was completed after a local Girl Scout building committee raised funds from individuals, businesses, churches and community groups. The small stone building was dedicated to the community in February 1938 and has served Girl Scouts and the Ashland community in Clark County ever since.

"The small building is made of locally quarried stone and exhibits the Rustic style typical of New Deal-era buildings," the Kansas Historical Society noted. "It is nominated as part of the New Deal-era Resources of Kansas multiple property nomination for its local significance in the areas of social history, government and architecture."