November 6th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1946, the new Girl Scout clubhouse located on the corner of Seventh Street and Electric Avenue was dedicated.

Seal Beach Mayor Louis J. Jaeckel officiated the ceremony with troop leaders Sue Lieurance, Dorothy Henkey, Mildred C. Sprauss, and Joy Morris. Further assistances was provided by Reverend Bruce Ellis of the Seal Beach Community Church and youth activities director A. Melvin Strong.

The culmination of two and a half years of community effort, the clubhouse was a prefabricated building installed on land donated by the city. A glass jar containing a list of Girl Scout members and a history of their fundraising efforts that raised more than $2000 was buried on site as a “cornerstone” for the new clubhouse.

Unlike many landmarks of Seal Beach’s history, the Seal Beach Girl Scout clubhouse still stands today and in use. Generations of Girl Scouts and Brownies have visited the clubhouse throughout the decades since the dedication. The building was renovated and expanded in 1957 as covered in this August 18th post. Whether or not the glass jar was recovered during this renovation is unknown.

You can find out more about today’s Girl Scouts of Orange County by clicking here.

– Michael Dobkins

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