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NCWHS presents at NAI

TubmanFrom Petticoats to Policy: The NCWHS presents at the National Association for Interpretation workshop

On November 17, 2012, a NCWHS session at the National Association for Interpretation in Hampton, Virginia, “From Petticoats to Policy,” discussed doing women’s history in places both obvious and unexpected.  NCWHS President Heather Huyck and Vice President Page Harrington with National Park Service Liaison Eola Dance and NPS Associate for Cultural Resources Dr. Stephanie Toothman all presented to a surprisingly large audience for a Saturday morning.

Eola Dance—who recently became the Chief of Visitor Services & Resources Management at Fort Monroe National Monument in Hampton, Virginia—discussed the importance of inclusive interpretation from the early planning stage of historic sites, and considering National Register nominations, significance statements and theme development. November 1, 2012, marked the one-year anniversary of the new national monument in Hampton, now recognized as the location of U.S. Major General Butler's strategic “Contraband decision.”

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New Landmark Designations Honor Nation’s Cultural and Natural Heritage

New Landmark Designations Honor Nation’s Cultural and Natural Heritage

Dept of InteriorOctober 17, 2012. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the designation of 26 national historic landmarks and one national natural landmark as places that possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. Currently there are only 2,527 designated national historic landmarks and 592 national natural landmark sites across the country that bear this national distinction. “Each of these landmarks represents a thread in the great tapestry that tells the story of our beautiful land, our diverse culture and our nation’s rich heritage,” said Salazar. “By designating these sites as national landmarks, we help meet the goals of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to establish a conservation ethic for the 21st century and reconnect people, especially young people, to our nation’s historic, cultural, and natural heritage.”  Read more >

The National Archives Continues its Celebration of First Ladies’ Centennial

Lady Bird JohnsonSeptember 28, 2012. The National Archives continues its 2012 commemoration of the 100th birthdays of First Ladies Pat Nixon (March 16), and Lady Bird Johnson (December 22), with the concluding installment of a display of rarely seen documents, photographs, and objects that pertain to the initiatives they pursued while in the White House. In addition, DocsTeach, the Archives’ online teaching tool, features new teaching activities on both First Ladies. (At left: Lady Bird Johnson visits a classroom for Project Head Start, Kemper School, Washington, DC, March 19, 1968. Library of Congress.More >

Indiana Seminars Feature Women's History

Indiana Supreme CourtJuly 3, 2012. This fall, the three recipients of Indiana Legal History Grants from Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Supreme Court will each make a presentation based on their research at a seminar open to the public.

September 25: Maxine Brown, from Southern Indiana Minority Enterprise Initiative, will discuss a number of cases from 1800-1900 that were filed by African Americans in southern Indiana.

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US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Hosts Town Hall on Women's History

US Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar hosts Town Hall Meeting on Women's History

US Secretary of Interior Ken SalazarOn March 27, 2012 US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar hosted a Town Hall discussion at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center as part of Interior's ongoing efforts to capture and tell a more inclusive story of America. Attended by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, First Lady of Maryland Judge Katie O'Malley, Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks Rachel Jacobson, and more than sixty leaders in the women's history and heritage movement, the Town Hall meeting focused on efforts to preserve and highlight the many contributions of women throughout American history.

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