About the Collaborative

National Collaborative for Women's History Sites

Founded in 2001, 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 experience and potential are fully valued. 

To achieve its mission, the NCWHS partners and sustains relationships with a number of organizations with shared goals and concerns, including the National Women's History Project, the Coordinating Committee on Women in History, and the Society of Architectural Historians; we also work closely with the National Park Service as well.    

Member support is essential in helping NCWHS carry out its mission. In turn, the Collaborative offers a variety of benefits for organizations and individuals. Whether you represent an institution or have a personal interest, you will meet others who are dedicated to preserving women's history in America, as well as learn about women's sites around the country. Organizations become part of a nationwide network, where professionals can share resources and create an important promotional outlet for one another. Individuals are among the first to access information about upcoming events and opportunities to become involved with their favorite institutions.

The National Collaborative for Women's History Sites also publishes Women's History: Sites and Resources, a 142-page reference designed for travelers, teachers, and students who want to discover more of American women's past. This book features forty women's history sites and projects, plus travel itineraries, teaching plans, and websites.  Our website is www.ncwhs.org.

Our Mission

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.

NCWHS Goals

  • Identify and advocate for the preservation of all places associated with women's history in America.
  • Support and sustain member sites and organizations by sharing resources and information.
  • Promote and interpret history so that present and future generations understand women's integral role in history, and support their full inclusion in American life.
  • Create an extensive network for communication and the exchange of information and ideas.
  • Act and speak as one in advancing our mission to a wide audience.

Contact Us

The National Collaborative for Women's History Sites
c/o The Evanston Women's History Project at the Evanston History Center
225 Greenwood Street
Evanston IL 60201-4713
Telephone (847) 475-3410
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