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.


  1. The Collaborative encourages sites to expand their interpretation of women’s history, therefore the site need not be dedicated specifically to a woman. It must, however, reflect appropriate scholarship on the history of women.
  2. Any historic site that is open to the public at least 100 days a year is eligible to apply. If the site is a historic building, the building must be open to the public on those days. Sites may be owned by individuals, organizations, or government agencies. For a complex of buildings, the interpretation may focus on one aspect of the site such as one building or women’s life within that complex.
  3. Interpretation must be done at the site in addition to any online interpretation.
  4. The interpretation should be as inclusive of women’s lives as is appropriate for that site.

Application Process

  1. Applications will only be accepted online. Send applications via e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2. Applicants must be organizational members of the NCWHS at the time of submission. Sites of NCWHS Board members are ineligible.  http://ncwhs.org/index.php/membership
  3. The following information must be attached as a cover sheet to the application:
    1. Name and address of site, plus a web site URL if there is one.
    2. Site owner and mailing address of site
    3. Name, mailing address, phone number, and email of person submitting application
  4. Description (maximum 1,000 words) on the overall interpretive program of the site including:
    1. the site details
    2. how women’s history has been interpreted.
    3. Scholarship used
    4. Historians consulted.
    5. Questions and debates raised
  5. Two letters of support – one from someone involved with the site (employees, volunteers, or board members) and one from someone unaffiliated with the site who can attest to the quality of the interpretation and scholarship that is the basis for the interpretation. Each letter must include a brief description of the writer’s qualifications to comment.  



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