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 >

2016–2017 NCWHS Annual Meeting

You are invited to our 2016-17 Annual Meeting—no travel involved! The National Collaborative for Women's History Sites is holding its Annual Member Meeting on Monday, September 25th from 2-3 p.m. Eastern Time.  

This year, our speaker will be historian Judith Wellman and the title of her talk is Women’s History Trails: Why Are They Important? Wellman suggests that now, more than ever, women's heritage trails are important:

  1. For us as citizens. These sites speak directly to our core identity as citizens of this country and this world. In this time of turmoil, these sites help us focus on our founding ideal, “that all men [and women] are created equal.” What did that mean to women and men who worked for woman suffrage? What does it mean to us today?
  2. For us as educators/interpreters. These sites take people to where history happened. By combining tactile and kinesthetic learning, they reach people in ways that reading and visual learning alone cannot.
  3. For us as concerned community members. These sites help shape and re-shape our sense of ourselves in our local communities. They also offer economic possibilities through heritage tourism.

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NCWHS Tour of Women’s Historic Sites in New York State

The Research and Interpretation Committee of the NCWHS has organized a tour of historic sites in New York State for May 29–June 1, 2017. The impetus for the tour was the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, held every three years in the United States. This year’s conference is at Hofstra University and offers hundreds of panels, workshops, roundtable and seminars over four days, June 1–4.  Heather Huyck, chair of the R&I Committee, and Nancy Hewitt, a member of that committee and recently retired professor of women’s history, organized the tour. They will help lead the tour alongside the experienced tour guide, Kathleen Pond of TerreVive Travel. 

The tour will begin in Rochester, New York, at the Susan B. Anthony House; and participants can also visit her grave site where thousands of women and men placed I voted stickers on Election Day.  We will then travel to the nearby Ganondagan Historic Site, once home to the Seneca Indian Nation. We will then spend an afternoon and evening in Seneca Falls and tour a number of sites there. The next day, we will visit the Harriet Tubman site in Auburn, Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s hometown of Johnstown, and end the day at Val-kill, Eleanor Roosevelt’s retreat on the Hudson River.  On our final day, we’ll tour the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

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Tears of Joy

National Park Service Recommends Landmark Status for Pauli Murray Home

Tears of JoyOctober 24, 2016. Brenda Coakley and Chandra Guinn Board members of the Pauli Murray Center react (at right) to the unanimous vote by the National Park Service History Committee of the Secretary of the Interior's Advisory Board to recommend that the Pauli Murray family home in Durham North Carolina become a National Historic Landmark. The full Secretary of The Interior's Advisory Board will meet in Philadelphia in November. We hope—and expect—they will also support this nomination and that the Secretary of The Interior Sally Jewell will designate it a National Historic Landmark before the next presidential administration. (View the Nomination. Click on photos for larger images.)

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