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Introducing the HERstory Hunt, A Women's History Scavenger Hunt

Posted on May 26, 2017
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Girls on the Run teamed up with Vision 2020 to be the first to test the HERstory Hunt, a women's history scavenger hunt that will formally launch in August at two national parks in the Philadelphia region. The program will expand to more parks within the National Park Service in the coming years.

One of Vision 2020's goals is to educate youth about the contributions of women throughout history. As one strategy to achieve that goal, Vision 2020 created the HERstory Hunt, a hands-on women's history scavenger hunt that seeks to teach girls and boys to go beyond the traditional telling of history to find the underrepresented voices of the past, and especially to find the places where women have served as leaders or important historical figures.

To test-run the HERstory Hunt, Vision 2020 recently teamed up with two national parks and two Girls on the Run chapters. On May 6, the HERstory Hunt pilot took place at Valley Forge National Historical Park in partnership with Girls on the Run Montgomery & Delaware Counties. On May 16, the second HERstory Hunt pilot took place at Independence National Historical Park in partnership with Girls on the Run Philadelphia and the Forum of Executive Women.

Both scavenger hunts operated under the "find and do" model, where girls participating were tasked with not only finding women's history in the parks, but also doing an activity once they solved the clue. Activities included playing a popular children's game from the Revolutionary War, ringing a bell for justice in honor of the suffragists, and following in the footsteps of George Washington's enslaved servant as she escaped from the President's House to freedom.

The next HERstory Hunt, which is open to the public, will take place on National Women's Equality Day (August 26) as part of the annual Vision 2020 Toast to Tenacity in Philadelphia. Click here to register.