Jessamine Flowers Link Historical

Jessamine Flowers Link Historical (HM1X1J)

Location: Tampa, FL 33606 Hillsborough County
Country: United States of America

N 27° 56.495', W 82° 27.926'

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In 1913, Jessamine Link established Magnolia Troop One, the second Girl Scout Troop in the United States. This was just one year after Juliette Gordon Low organized the country's first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia in 1912. What is now Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa served as sponsor for the troop.

Mrs. Link made significant contributions to the improvement of life for local girls and the community, and to the enhancement of women overall. When she started Tampa's first Girl Scout troop, the community became more aware of what girls could achieve. Girl Scouting gave them the opportunity to explore interests outside traditional female roles. During World War I the girls rolled bandages, delivered Western Union messages, helped feed soldiers, and sold Liberty Bonds. Mrs. Link led the troop through many other service projects and activities such as primitive camping, nature hikes, poetry lessons and field trips.

The Girl Scout program was an unusual and progressive concept in the early 20th century, but one that is prevalent here today because of our local founder Jessamine Link.
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HM NumberHM1X1J
Year Placed1998
Placed ByThe Tampa Historical Society in cooperation with The Suncoast Girl Scout Council, Inc
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, February 27th, 2017 at 9:02am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 355828 N 3091595
Decimal Degrees27.94158333, -82.46543333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 56.495', W 82° 27.926'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 56' 29.7" N, 82° 27' 55.56" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)813
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 500 W Platt St, Tampa FL 33606, US
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