The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum will once again serve as the host site for local Girl Scouts who will be portraying the lives of the brave women who operated, worked, or visited the establishment during the early years of Florida’s statehood and tourism industry. The House Museum celebrates the historic accomplishments of these extraordinary women as they persevered with their daily chores. Amidst the chaos of Seminole Indian uprisings, the separation of families, the threat of the Yellow Fever epidemic, geographical isolation, and the feared prediction of the American Civil War, the ordinary became extraordinary at the Ximenez-Fatio House during the period of 1845-1860.
These two organizations will combine their missions to create an historic portrayal during the 7th Annual Living History Day. Living History Day participants are 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students and members of Girls Scouts of Gateway Council, Inc. Each year, Girl Scouts interested in participation are extensively interviewed, trained, and rehearsed. The participating Girl Scouts will receive a “Ximenez-Fatio Enactment” patch rocker. Living History patches will also be for sale at the event.
The Colonial Dames will provide the event site for the Girl Scouts and have worked extensively with the participating girls in this educational project filled with the discovery of women from another age, connecting with their identities, and taking action by writing the scripts, sewing appropriate dresses, and acting the characters’ parts during the day’s re-enactment. The Girl Scouts of the 21st century will assume the identities of the women of the 19th century as assertive, accomplished, and competent leaders.
Admission during the event is $8 per person.