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Let's Put Women's History Sites on the Map!

In honor of the August 26, 2020 centennial celebration of women’s suffrage in the United States, NCWHS is leading the effort to develop a National Votes for Women Trail (NVWT).

A committee of the NCWHS, the goal of the NVWT is to document the campaign for women’s suffrage that took place over more than seven decades and was conducted in parlors, churches, town halls, parks, union halls, and other community locations. Suffrage was indeed a national movement, involving rural as well as urban people, African Americans as well as European Americans, rich as well as middle class and working class, men as well as women.  

The NVWT intends to both identify the many sites that were integral to the suffrage movement, and make them accessible on a mobile friendly website to be easily searched by location, suffragist, and a variety of other useful criteria. Our ultimate objective is to show how social change occurs, to honor the suffrage movement’s countless participants, and to inspire future generations to treasure their right to vote. The suffragists of our states certainly did their share, now let’s do ours!

We are currently 27 states strong. If you would like to get involved, we welcome you! Please call or email NCWHS President, Marsha Weinstein today. (Phone: 502-819-2537; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

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NCWHS at the 2017 Berkshire Conference

NCWHS Session on Historic Sites and Archives for Women’s History, Tour of Sagamore NHS, and Presentation by Stacy Cordery, biographer of Alice Roosevelt Longworth at the 2017 Berkshire Conference

Never been to the Berks (as it’s known)? Every three years the Berks brings together an international group of historians for a combination of rigorous scholarship and summer camp. Developed when women had scant access to the major history conferences, the Berks has fostered many historians’ lives and careers and is increasingly international. NCWHS has actively proposed sessions since 2008. NCWHS Board members who attended sat down to discuss the organization face-to-face there. 

From left Nancy Hewitt Lucy Beard Camesha Scruggs Nupur Chaudhuri & Lori Osborne at the Berks 2017 at Hofstra University New York (Photo by Heather Huyck)

This year, NCWHS proposed and developed a session “Powerful Women’s History Teaching Partnerships: Three Historic Sites and an Archive” for the 2017 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Gender and Sexualities held at Hofstra University in Hempstead NY. Chaired by Nancy Hewitt, NCWHS Co-Chair, Research & Interpretation, the audience heard from Lucy Beard from the Alice Paul Institute, Elizabeth DeMaria from Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Heather Cole from the Theodore Roosevelt papers at Harvard University Library, and Sara Rzeszutek from St. Francis College, Brooklyn. 

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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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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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