Welcome to the Department of New hampshire American Legion Auxiliary Granite Girls State web site. Within these pages, you will find information about the 2016 Granite Girls State program to be held at St. Anselm College in Manchester NH, June 26 - July 1st.
Girls State is a national program of the American Legion Auxiliary and is held annually in 49 of the 50 US States. It began in 1937 and for almost 80 years, the American Legion Auxiliary has succeeded in giving young women the finest citizenship training program possible.
Granite Girls State is a practical application of Americanism and good citizenship accomplished through nonpolitical lessons. These lessons inculcate in our citizens a love of America, knowledge of their government and the sense of individual obligation to their community state and nation.
Granite Girls State follows New Hampshire governmental procedure as closely as possible. The girls learn about our two-party system. They learn the duties, responsibilities, and powers of various offices. They hold party caucuses and have primary and general elections. Girls State citizens elect town, city, county, and state officials and conduct city, town, and county meetings. As senators and representatives, they introduce, debate, and vote on bills.
Girls from communities throughout the state attend Granite Girls State. They learn the important lessons of democracy, patriotism, love, loyalty, learning, truth, and service. They make lifelong friendships. They have the opportunity to learn that government is just what they make it. They learn the duties, privileges, rights, and responsibilities of american citizenship.
The Granite Girls State staff is made up of volunteer members of the American Legion Auxiliary Department of New Hampshire and former Girls Nation Senators.