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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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Meeting Sages at the 2014 Berks

Left to Right:  Jenny Barker-Devine, Tracey Hanshew, Nikki Henningham, Linda Ambrose, Monda Halpern, Sue Wamsley and Maggie Andrews.In May of 2014, I was honored to be part of a roundtable discussion at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, which was hosted at the University of Toronto. I was not sure what to expect.  There is so much hype around the “Big Berks” and there are many superstar scholars there, and as the only student on my panel, I felt intimidated going in.  It turns out excitement quickly replaced intimidation because the reward was so great.  The opportunity to meet incredible scholars whose work you study, and have those same women not only be interested and supportive of your work but also share your passion for women’s history is an amazing experience.   Additionally, I anticipated feedback while at the Berks would be important to answering a question at the crux of my thesis, and subsequently the title for our panel, “Is there a rural feminism?”  Our panel, organized by Linda Ambrose and chaired by Monda Halpern, also included Maggie Andrews, Jenny Barker-Devine, Nikki Henningham and E. Sue Wamsley.

In our session, we explored this key issue of the existence of a rural feminism.  What do rural feminists stand for?  How do they differ from the traditionally-studied urban feminists?  Was there a collaborative effort by women in sparsely populated areas?  Are there similarities in rural regions across the globe? 

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The First Step for Putting Women Back in History

NCWHS board president Heather Huyck and National Trust for Historic Preservation field officer Karen Nickless have published on the NTHB blog PreservationNation a set of Preservation Tips and Tools, "The First Step for Putting Women Back in History."  For the article and slide show, click here.