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2015: Books & Websites We Recommend:

The NCWHS Research & Interpretation Committee polled its members to recommend some favorite good books and websites from recent years. Here's our round-up of recommendations.

Ann Little:

Rachel Hope Cleves, Charity & Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America. Oxford University Press, 2014.  This exploration of the lives and times of Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake at the turn of the nineteenth century offers a fascinating glimpse into a same-sex couple whose relationship was uncontroversial in their lifetimes, and also serves as an illuminating example of the kinds of same-sex relationships historians might discover elsewhere if they're curious and attuned to queer family formations.

Mary Louise Roberts, What Soldiers Do:  Sex and the American GI in World War II France. University of Chicago Press, 2013. Roberts argues that sex was used as a means of selling the Normandy Invasion by the Allies in 1944, and that the U.S. liberation and occupation of France was also shot through with sexual implications for both the victorious G.I.s and the doubly-conquered French civilian population.  Race as well as sexuality is at stake in the American invasion:  Roberts demonstrates how contrary to African American ideas about France as a less racist society than the U.S., in fact black men were accused of rape by white French women far disproportionately to their representation in the G.I. population.  

Lynn Weiner:  

Sonia Sotomayor, My Beloved World. New York: Vintage, 2013. Nice read - how a young girl in a Bronx housing project reaches the Supreme Court - a story of the power of determination, family, and intelligence. 

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The Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray NHL Nomination: Authors Chosen & First Draft Received

The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Heather Fearnbach and Dr. Sarah Azaransky to prepare the National Historic Landmark Nomination for the Pauli Murray house in Durham North Carolina. A NCWHS committee developed selection criteria and judged the submissions, agreeing unanimously on the Fearnbach-Azaransky proposal.  Among the proposals submitted by several strong applicants, they most thoroughly covered the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray’s many facets and demonstrated the potential for project completion within the tight timeframe.  Ms. Fearnbach’s previous experience as a contract historian includes writing the Historic Structures Report for the Murray home.  She has wide-ranging professional experience with the National Register and Section 106 processes in addition to writing myriad reports and National Register nominations. Dr. Sarah Azaransky on the Union Seminary faculty is an expert on Pauli Murray as a legal scholar and civil and women’s rights activist. Dr. Azaransky wrote The Dream is Freedom: Pauli Murray and American Democratic Faith (2011), which examines Murray’s civil rights and feminist activism from the 1930s to the 1980s. She is completing The Worldwide Struggle: Religion and the International Roots of the Civil Rights Movement which includes Pauli Murray. We have just received the first draft of their NHL nomination.

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NCWHS at the 2017 Berks

NCWHS at the 2017 Berkshire Conference on Women's History
Hofstra University, June 1-4, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017: 8:30 -10:00 AM
SC 142 (Hofstra University)
Moderator: Nancy A. Hewitt, Rutgers University
Participants: Lucienne Beard, Alice Paul Institute
Elizabeth Lykken DeMaria, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, National Park Service
Heather G Cole, Harvard University
Noemi V Ghazala, Women's Rights National Historical Park

Session Abstract Historic sites and archives can grab our imaginations to make the past come alive. They engage us intellectually and emotionally through places, artifacts, photographs, and documents. This Roundtable, proposed by the National Collaborative for Women’s Historic Sites (NCWHS) and co-sponsored by the CCWH, explores and encourages the value of historic sites and archives for teaching women’s history.

The roundtable discussion, chaired by Professor Nancy Hewitt, features four resource-based experts discussing innovative pedagogies that engage people in programs on women’s rights and leadership, feminism, and women’s roles in political families. Noemi Ghazala will explore the challenges of interpreting an event--the Seneca Falls Woman's Rights Convention--that challenged our national narrative; Director Lucienne Beard at Paulsdale, Alice Paul’s home in Mt. Laurel, NJ, analyzes their experimental educational programming; curator Elizabeth DeMaria explores the Roosevelt women's influence on Theodore Roosevelt’s policies and practices; and curator/archivist Heather Cole from Harvard’s Houghton Library Archives shares reactions to Theodore Roosevelt’s senior thesis endorsing women’s rights. Plenty of time will be set aside for questions and discussion

Then, the NCWHS-National Park Service host a special event at Sagamore Hill NHS, a 30-minute bus ride away. This tour will will demonstrate how engagement with historic sites enlivens and complicates U.S. women’s history and its pedagogy (in schools, universities, and senior learning programs).

Friday, June 2, 2017: 10:15 AM-2:30 PM

The National Collaborative for Women's History Sites and the National Park Service will host a special event at Sagamore Hill NHS, a 30-minute bus ride away from Hofstra University. The trip will include a private tour of the Roosevelt home with NPS curator Laura Dabrowski and Alice Roosevelt Longworth’s biographer, Stacey Cordery. Participants visit their 2017 exhibit, “Redefining Roosevelt Women.” Lunch will be provide at the site. One need not attend the panel to join the tour. Participants should gather at the Conference Registration Desk in the Student Center Atrium for the bus to Sagamore Hill.

Visit Click on the Preliminary Program link, then click on Program for Friday, June 2 for the NCWHS Panel Click on Special Events for the Sagamore Hill Tour. There is no cost for the tour, but you must register for it ahead of time.

For questions, please contact Nancy Hewitt: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.