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The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) supports and promotes the preservation and interpretation of sites and locales that bear witness to women's participation in American life. The Collaborative makes women's contributions to history visible so that all women's experiences and potential are fully valued. Support our efforts by becoming a member. Learn more >
NCWHS board members speak at the National Archives
- Created on 03 April 2015
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A joint program between the National Archive Experience and the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum was held at the McGowan Theater in Washington D.C. on March 31, 2015. Part of the ongoing partnership between the two organizations as part of their greater programming efforts around Women’s History Month, the moderated discussion “Temperance and Woman Suffrage: Reform movements and the women that changed America" brought together Lori Osborne of the Evanston History Center, and Page Harrington of Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, both members of the NCWHS Board of Directors; as well as Kristina Myers of the Alice Paul Institute and Professor Emerita at Morgan State University Dr. Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, to discuss the overlap between the Temperance and Woman Suffrage movements of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Both movements created opportunities for women to organize for social, economic, and political change that would directly impact the welfare of their families. Support for the temperance movement through the largest women’s organization, the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) opened the door for women to work not only for temperance, but for issues including improved working conditions for wage-earning women, improved public education, and political equality. Taken together, these reform movements provide a fascinating study of the individuals who participated in both movements, the organizations they created, and women as the driving force behind significant change in the United States.
Focusing on Frances Willard, Mamie Dillard, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, and Alice Paul, the panelists discussed the early influences of family, religion, and the traditional roles/place in society for the women that led them to participate in both movements as well as the economic, geographic, and racial barriers that often discouraged or outright prohibited a place for women in political discussions. The panelists also delved into the differences in gender roles: did the women consider themselves to be a “helpmate” to the men or seen as fully equal participants? Was her participation based on an inherent “right” to be able to participate, or was it her duty as a woman to work toward the betterment of her family? The evening ended with a spirited Q&A session between audience members and panelists. The program can be seen on YouTube and will also be rebroadcast on CSPAN.
NCWHS March 2015 News - Women's History Month Edition
- Created on 02 March 2015
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Dear Friends -
Having just returned from India, I’m more aware than ever that women’s history truly is everywhere. In addition to visiting the home of Indira Ghandi (which is a museum and memorial to her, marking the location of her “martyrdom”), I also had the pleasure of meeting with the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of India and visiting their historic headquarters in Delhi. Though the building is in need of repair, it has served as their home since it was opened in 1934. The World’s WCTU was founded by Frances Willard in 1889 and was one of the earliest international organizations for women. The India WCTU was founded not long after in 1893. Originally composed of British and American women, most of whom were connected to Christian missionary work in India, it slowly transformed itself into an organization of Indian Christian women and remains this today. It was a fascinating visit, to not only a most historic women’s history site, but a reminder that the need for preserving women’s history is a global need.
Now for NCWHS news. We have just completed our first ever annual appeal and are very pleased with the successful result. To this date, we have raised $3,455 toward our $4,000 goal. In order to raise the remaining funds, we are conducting a membership drive during the month of March in honor of women’s history month. If you are not a current member of NCWHS, please consider joining. You can do this with a credit card by going here and signing up online, or with a check by downloading the form and mailing it in. If you are a current member and know of someone who would appreciate a gift membership, please consider that. For gift memberships, we cannot (yet) accept online payments, so please use the paper form. We so appreciate everyone who gave to our annual appeal (and especially our challenge grant donor for spurring us on) and if you can help us reach the finish line, please do so!
NCWHS members will soon have access to two new online features that we are excited to unveil - an online member directory and members-only content. These exclusive member features are the result of the feedback we received from our member survey, and more will come in the future, including a member forum for exchanging ideas. So, there are more reasons than ever to join NCWHS.
For our members in the midwest, we are please to announce a joint women’s history month event at our headquarters at the Evanston History Center in Evanston, Illinois. Author (and former NCWHS board member) Susan Ferentinos will speak about her recently published book, Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites, discussing the ways historians approach the study of same-sex relationships; the challenges to uncovering this past; and the efforts of museums, historic sites, and community groups to preserve this history and present it to the wider public. This program will be held on Thursday, March 26th at 7 pm (reception at 6:30) and is designed not only for those connected to a museum or site, but also for anyone who is concerned with issues of inclusion and diversity in our interpretation of the past. For more information about registering for this event, which is free to NCWHS members, visit our website.
Finally, we know that word of mouth is our most important communication tool. Please forward this newsletter along to anyone in your circle who would enjoy connecting with us. Building our network of members, supporters and friends is so important to us as an organization, and we know it is important to you, as we all work together to give women’s history its place in American (and World) history.
As always, stay in touch!
NCWHS Vice President