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.
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.
Tears of Joy
National Park Service Recommends Landmark Status for Pauli Murray Home
October 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.)
Murray Family Home Now a National Historic Landmark!
The Pauli Murray Family Home in Durham, NC, is now officially a National Historic Landmark (NHL) as well as a National Trust for Historic Preservation National Treasure. Landmark, Treasure — it is both.
NHL status is granted only to sites associated with very special Americans. Pauli Murray (1910-1985) was one such person. The best word is multifaceted, a diamond who shone in so many directions it’s difficult to single one or two out. She was a lawyer, legal theorist, theologian, feminist/womanist, activist, poet, priest, professor, etc. with determination, intellect, and grit which she needed given the immense barriers put in her way. Pauli Murray died over thirty years ago. Her story challenges all of us to live our values with a strong integrity — as she did.
Home of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Everglades Defender, Becomes National Historic Landmark
- Parent Category: Trails
Marjory Stoneman Douglas was one of the nation’s most significant environmentalists. Astonishing in its breadth, her writing and activism on behalf of South Florida’s natural environment spanned much of the twentieth century and permanently reshaped the national understanding of the Everglades.
In 2014, the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites (NCWHS) and the National Park Service (NPS) began a collaboration that aimed to recognize Douglas’s place in twentieth-century U.S. environmentalism as part of the NPS Women’s History Initiative.  In April 2015, Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of Interior, designated her lifelong home in Coconut Grove, Florida, a National Historic Landmark. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas House joins about 2,500 other National Historic Landmarks that have been recognized by the Secretary of Interior as exceptionally significant in the nation’s history.
Douglas was born in Minnesota in 1890 and raised in Massachusetts by her mother and grandmother, but she relocated to Florida in 1915. Douglas was immediately captivated by the state’s subtropical environment and vibrant political and social scene. With striking clarity and a sharp wit, Douglas documented the natural and political history of early twentieth-century South Florida in countless articles and poems in a daily column for the Miami Herald. She also joined the community of Progressive clubwomen, arguing for women’s suffrage and conservation. It was through her writing and advocacy that Douglas developed a deep understanding of South Florida’s subtropical environment—its lush plants, diverse species of birds, and, later, the Everglades—as a regional strength that should be promoted and defended.