Archive for August, 2012

100 Years of Girl Scouting in the USA

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

With help from the Key West Garden Club and Fran Ford, local Girl Scouts from the Lower Keys planted a pigeon plum tree at the Truman Little White House in celebration of 100 years of girl scouting in the USA. Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.6 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouting is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization strives to serve girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girls Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries.The Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida, Inc. is one of 112 councils nationwide chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA to deliver Girl Scout program within specific geographic boundaries. The local council serves more than 20,000 girls and 3,600 adult volunteers in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties and maintains five campsites each offering unique experiences for girls and adults. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, call (305) 253-4841 or visit

The First President at the Little White House

Monday, August 13th, 2012

President William Howard Taft

The first president to visit Key West and the Little White House was William Howard Taft in December of 1912. He arrived in the Southernmost Point on the Flagler Overseas Railroad and sailed to Panama to inspect the canal that at the time was under construction.

First and Foremost A Submarine Base

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

The Original Structure of the Little White House

In 1974, the advancement of certain technology closed the Key West Submarine Base, which put the Little White House through a twelve-year period of disuse. In January of 1987, the title to this presidential museum was transferred to the state of Florida for permanent protection. Since 1988, more than two million dollars have been privately raised and donated for the restoration and preservation of the Little White House.