NCWHS Newsletter, Fall 2013

Eileen WallisThe National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) is looking forward to our Annual Meeting via conference call on October 28, at noon EST (11am Central, 10am Mountain and 9am Pacific). Our featured speaker will be Dr. Eileen Wallis who will discuss “Latina History: Making the Invisible Visible.”  Dr. Wallis is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Cal Poly Pomona. Her academic work focuses on women’s history and historic sites, and the American west in the progressive era. Her most recent publication is Earning Power: Women and Work in Los Angeles, 1880-1930, which has been reviewed as follows: “The intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and class are front and center in Eileen Wallis’ important new book on women in Los Angeles workplaces. Not only does her study capture the multicultural West, but also the different development of LA’s economy within the context of Progressive Era reform.”

After Dr. Wallis’ talk, we will have a short report on our work during the past year and there will be opportunities for questions and conversation.  The annual meeting is a benefit of membership, so please take advantage of this opportunity. Register for the meeting by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

In National Park Service (NPS) project news, the report from the Women’s History December 2012 workshop has been published; you can find an online version on this website.  If you are interested in the NPS Women’s History Initiative, committees will be forming soon and begin developing ways to get more women’s history throughout the 400 National Parks.  Let us know if you’d like to be involved.

As part of our NPS/NHL project, we have contracted with historian Antonio Ramirez to prepare a nomination for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas home in Florida.  Douglas was a journalist whose book Rivers of Grass and support for the Everglades National Park helped establish that park and change our nation’s approach to environmental conservation.  Plans are in the works for two additional National Historic Landmarks with a women’s history focus and we expect to have more about that soon.

We are also working with the NPS on three webinars: Finding, Researching and Integrating Women’s History into sites/parks.  Each webinar includes a presentation, short site-based assignments, and extensive resources to provide participants an invigorating and intensive experience for people at all levels of expertise. The webinar set will also be available to our members in the coming months.  

We hope you are enjoying our social media feeds and website; find us on Facebook and twitter, and keep checking this website for lots of great information and current women’s history resources. Please send us your accomplishments and site news, and those publications you find especially useful in thinking about and/or doing women’s history@ sites—we will put them on our website and elsewhere. 

Finally, please be sure to keep your membership current. We are a small, entirely volunteer organization that relies on members to support our work. We are working this coming year to develop more benefits for members and welcome your suggestions and requests.

We hope to “SEE” you on October 28 2013 at Noon EST. 


Heather Huyck, NCWHS President

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