The historical preservation work of sophomore Laura Bache hit a milestone recently when her nomination for a local historical site was approved by the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board. Laura's work is part of her progress toward her Girl Scout Gold Award—the most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn.
Laura’s project, “Shattering the Glass Ceiling,” made the case for the historical importance of the Nugent House in downtown Louisville. The house was home to the Nugent sisters, who were influential suffragists and civil rights activists.
This spring, all of Laura’s hard work paid off when the Nugent House was approved by the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board as a historic place and her nomination was sent to Washington, D.C., for final approval! Laura’s nomination describes the historical significance of the site as a rare example of the black suffrage movement in Kentucky.
Laura says this nomination was important to her because of the impact it had on the community and its role in the suffrage movement. “Nominating the Nugent House to the National Register of Historic Places was very important to me due to the Nugent sisters’ vital roles in the suffrage movement,” Laura said. “They held many volunteer positions and were well-connected with nationally known suffragists. The Nugent House brought the community together, inspired joy for many, and created new levels of community activism. Many black suffrage sites are no longer standing, making the Nugent House a rare resource in the state of Kentucky. I am so thrilled that the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board voted to increase the site’s significance to the state level!”
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