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Celebrating the original Trailblazers on the 10th anniversary of The National Votes for Women Trail
In February of 2013, Past NCWHS President and original NVWT Chair, Marsha Weinstein, wrote about the NCWHS plans for a Woman Suffrage Trail in an article for The Louisville Courier Journal:
“In honor of the 2020 centennial celebration of woman’s suffrage, the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) with the original leadership of Board Members Pam Elam and Mary Melcher has been developing a nationwide Woman Suffrage Trail to commemorate this significant centennial event. The mission of the NCWHS is to ensure the preservation of women’s history sites and the inclusion of women’s experiences at all historic sites. The goal of the Woman Suffrage Trail is to highlight the role of each state in the 72-year national battle to achieve “Votes for Women.” This will culminate in an online resource linking all of these sites on a national map that will help teach the public about historic sites where women lived, worked, and advocated for suffrage to improve their communities, states, and the nation. Through the digital map, the complete story of the enfranchisement of over half of the nation’s population can finally be told. Information will also include sites related to those who opposed suffrage for twelve states, ten of which were south of the Mason-Dixon line, which did not ratify the suffrage amendment until after August 1920.”
To commemorate this achievement, we are honoring Pam Elam and Mary Melcher with the first annual NCWHS Trailblazer awards. Watch for photos and comments from these Trailblazers in the next newsletter. Pam and Mary, please accept our congratulations and heartfelt gratitude!
Support Righting Women’s History
NCWHS has launched our third decade of activism with a strategic plan that focuses on projects and partnerships to advocate for more – more women’s history in the news, more women’s stories told at historic sites, more sites that honor women. Support the future of history with a donation or by becoming a member today! Here are three current projects that your contributions will support!
Clara Barton National Historic Site
The future of the first women’s historic site in the National Park system, the Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo, Maryland, was at risk. We got to work, leading a series of online discussions this summer with historians, the National Park Service, and other stakeholders to reimagine the future of this important place. As part of this collaborative effort, we offered recommendations on themes that will contribute to the National Park Service’s interpretation. The site renovations and new frameworks will bring Clara Barton’s story to life.
Telling Women’s Stories: A Toolkit for Historic Sites & Museums
Do you know a small museum that needs resources for telling a more inclusive story? We’re excited to announce our new online toolkit that will help staff and volunteers at your favorite organization uncover the women’s history at their site or museums. It has research tips, successful case studies, and more. Find the Toolkit on the NCWHS website and share this link.
National Votes for Women Trail
The NVWT keeps growing! We now have more than 2,400 sites in the online database (www.nvwt.org), as well as accompanying lesson plans with videos. We will soon launch a series of podcasts about the Trail in ten different states to explore the rich diversity of the suffrage movement in all parts of the country.
There is more work to do—and untold stories to discover! Please donate today so that we can continue to shine a light on women’s history at sites everywhere in America.
Your one-time or recurring tax-deductible donation can be made by check or through our secure, online payment portal. Checks can be sent to NCWHS c/o Alice Paul Institute, P.O. Box 1376 Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054.
The NCWHS Board of Directors thanks you for your support!
Joanne L. Goodwin
Lillian S. Williams
Paula F. Casey
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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. Be a part of our mission -- Join the NCWHS today!
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