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NCWHS at the 2017 Berks

NCWHS at the 2017 Berkshire Conference on Women's History
Hofstra University, June 1-4, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017: 8:30 -10:00 AM
SC 142 (Hofstra University)
Moderator: Nancy A. Hewitt, Rutgers University
Participants: Lucienne Beard, Alice Paul Institute
Elizabeth Lykken DeMaria, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, National Park Service
Heather G Cole, Harvard University
Noemi V Ghazala, Women's Rights National Historical Park

Session Abstract Historic sites and archives can grab our imaginations to make the past come alive. They engage us intellectually and emotionally through places, artifacts, photographs, and documents. This Roundtable, proposed by the National Collaborative for Women’s Historic Sites (NCWHS) and co-sponsored by the CCWH, explores and encourages the value of historic sites and archives for teaching women’s history.

The roundtable discussion, chaired by Professor Nancy Hewitt, features four resource-based experts discussing innovative pedagogies that engage people in programs on women’s rights and leadership, feminism, and women’s roles in political families. Noemi Ghazala will explore the challenges of interpreting an event--the Seneca Falls Woman's Rights Convention--that challenged our national narrative; Director Lucienne Beard at Paulsdale, Alice Paul’s home in Mt. Laurel, NJ, analyzes their experimental educational programming; curator Elizabeth DeMaria explores the Roosevelt women's influence on Theodore Roosevelt’s policies and practices; and curator/archivist Heather Cole from Harvard’s Houghton Library Archives shares reactions to Theodore Roosevelt’s senior thesis endorsing women’s rights. Plenty of time will be set aside for questions and discussion

Then, the NCWHS-National Park Service host a special event at Sagamore Hill NHS, a 30-minute bus ride away. This tour will will demonstrate how engagement with historic sites enlivens and complicates U.S. women’s history and its pedagogy (in schools, universities, and senior learning programs).

Friday, June 2, 2017: 10:15 AM-2:30 PM

The National Collaborative for Women's History Sites and the National Park Service will host a special event at Sagamore Hill NHS, a 30-minute bus ride away from Hofstra University. The trip will include a private tour of the Roosevelt home with NPS curator Laura Dabrowski and Alice Roosevelt Longworth’s biographer, Stacey Cordery. Participants visit their 2017 exhibit, “Redefining Roosevelt Women.” Lunch will be provide at the site. One need not attend the panel to join the tour. Participants should gather at the Conference Registration Desk in the Student Center Atrium for the bus to Sagamore Hill.

Visit Click on the Preliminary Program link, then click on Program for Friday, June 2 for the NCWHS Panel Click on Special Events for the Sagamore Hill Tour. There is no cost for the tour, but you must register for it ahead of time.

For questions, please contact Nancy Hewitt: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Maggie Walker Celebration

Maggie Walker Celebration 2017Maggie Walker: A Celebration happened on Friday March 10 at the elegantly restored Hippodrome Theatre in Richmond Virginia, where top musicians once performed. The National Collaborative for Women's History Sites (NCWHS) provided technical, administrative, moral support to this project. The many different partners involved in this project came together including the Stallings Family who currently owns the MLW Collection. Mrs. Margaret Stallings, Ms. Wanda Stallings, and Mr. Ron Stallings all attended.

After eight years of work processing the MLW Collection—rehousing documents from 1898 to 1940 into clean acid free folders, transferring any notations from the tattered old folders (which had done their jobs well), and putting them into acid free boxes, the Maggie Walker Community celebrated Mrs. Walker’s life and achievements, heard from esteemed historian Dr. Darlene Clark Hine on her adventures with archives, from key National Park Service historians and cultural resource managers, including Dr. Stephanie Toothman, head of Cultural Resources for the National Park Service, Dr. Turkiya Lowe the new NPS Chief Historian, and current Superintendent of Independence National Historical Park and Dave Ruth, now Superintendent of the park as well as Dr. Andrea DeKoter.

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Peg Strobel Travel Grant

Applications due May 5, 2017

This award honors Dr. Margaret (Peg) Strobel, Professor Emerita of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago former director of the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, former NCWHS president and current NCWHS board member. The award provides a $1,000 stipend for travel to the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders and Sexuality–to be held June 1-4 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

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Heather Huyck Award for Interpreting Women’s History at Sites

Inaugural Award Recognizes Excellence in Interpretation

This award recognizes Dr. Heather Huyck's work to promote the interpretation of women's history at historic sites.  Dr. Huyck, a founding member of the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites (NCWHS), served as its president from 2011 to 2015 and as the first chair of the NCWHS Research and Interpretation Committee.  Dr. Huyck's leadership, as a board member, president, and committee chair has been instrumental to the sustained growth and development of NCWHS.

The Award consists of a Certificate of Recognition and publicity via the NCWHS e-newsletter, web site, Facebook page, and its network of national partners.  A separate section of the website will be devoted to the award to highlight recipients.

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