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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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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.

Pauli Murray Family House, Compliments Barbara LauNHL 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.

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