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Local girl scouts complete video of Craig history

Nicole Inglis

— The final product only lasted 20 minutes, but it was the culmination of two years of hard work by two local high school girls.

Family and friends of Katherine Dodd and Adrienne Petch gathered in the loft of the Wyman museum Friday to screen the video, which illustrates the history of Craig and the women who influenced its development.

The video will earn each of them the Girl Scout Gold Award.

The Gold Award is the equivalent of the Boy Scouts’ Eagle Scout honor, and is the final hurdle in the program.

“We realized that we didn’t know much about the history of Craig, and a lot of other people didn’t know either,” Dodd said to the audience. “We thought it’d be cool for you guys to have this video.”

Dodd, 18, of Craig, and Petch, 17, of Grand Junction, began the project in October 2007, finding time to meet on weekends when Dodd had swim meets in Grand Junction or when Petch, who used to live in Craig, could find time to visit.

The two poured over texts at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, old newspapers and pictures from the Wyman museum.

“Usually, Gold Award projects are different,” Petch said. “Normally, it’s some kind of service project. But this is unique because we’re not fixing a problem, we’re expanding people’s knowledge.”

Tribute to Craig women

The project started off as a history video about the homesteaders who moved to Craig. While they were rifling through photos and history books, they noticed something peculiar.

“All the books focused on the men of that time,” Dodd said. “We wanted to find more information on the women and their lives.”

Petch and Dodd discovered that there were many women who had a significant influence on early life in Craig and who could be considered role models from a time period long past.

“So many people talk about how the men in the families had it so hard,” Petch said. “But the women had to do so much, too, and they had to run a home.”

The second half of the video talks about the role of women in these times. Some women didn’t have a choice about the move and came West with their families. Some pioneered West on their own to look for professional jobs.

According to the video, women had to make clothes for the entire family because stores weren’t always available. They often had to weave the fabrics themselves from wool and find ways to provide clean water and food for their families with limited resources.

Women like Christina Murray, a homesteader who owned her own land, and Augusta Wallihan, a wildlife photographer and conservationist, left their mark on the city of Craig and shouldn’t stay in the background of the story, Petch said.

The information they gathered was compiled into the documentary video, which featured clips from an interview with Dan Davidson, director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado. Old photos they had scanned on their computers faded in and out as the girls narrated the story of the women of Craig.

A long road

The video wasn’t the only hurdle to earning a Gold Award, however.

“We had to do all these patches,” Petch said, pointing to the colorful decorations on her vest. Each one signifies a project they worked on, such as a flag ceremony at Mount Rushmore or running a camp for younger girl scouts.

The whole process took about four years.

Dodd and Petch are only two of five girls from Craig who completed the Gold Award this year, she said. She also thinks the five girls are the first Girl Scouts from Craig to have completed the Gold Award.

A ceremony will be held in August, and the date and time will be announced soon.

Forty years ago, Katherine’s mother, Ann, completed the equivalent of the Gold Award, then called First Class. Now, as the assistant leader for Troop 201, she watched her daughter complete the same feat.

“I’m very proud of her,” Dodd said. “She’s worked so hard. They had a lot of information to choose from, but they ended up with a really good project.”

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