NCWHS Partners with the Evanston Women's History Project, Moves Headquarters to Evanston History Center

March 13, 2014.  The Evanston Women’s History Project (EWHP) at the Evanston History Center and the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) are pleased to announce a new partnership. The NCWHS is moving its headquarters and administrative offices to the Evanston History Center beginning in March 2014. “I’m sad to be leaving Washington DC but know that this will be a wonderful fit and a great partnership that will benefit all parties,” NCWHS President Heather Huyck said.

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The NCWHS supports and promotes the preservation and interpretation of sites and locales that witness American women’s history, and this work fits very well with work by the Evanston Women’s History Project to mark the places where local women’s history happened. Lori Osborne, Director of the Evanston Women’s History Project and NCWHS Vice President, says, “This new partnership brings Evanston and its significant women’s history onto the national stage, and gives the NCWHS a very supportive home to grow its reach and influence. This is a wonderful partnership for all concerned.”

Founded in 2001, the NCWHS has built a strong network of women’s history sites and practioners throughout the country. The organization has published Women’s History: Sites and Resources and Revealing Women’s History: Best Practices at Historic Sites; arranged sessions at professional conferences; and has a website www.ncwhs.org that provides further resources. It has partnered with the National Park Service (NPS) and other national organizations for outreach and education about doing more and better women’s history at historic sites throughout the USA. In 2012 it partnered with the NPS on the Telling the Whole Story: Women and the Making of the United States, a workshop held to assess the status of women’s history with the National Park Service, and recommended ways to increase and enhance women’s history in its parks, historic sites, National Historic Landmarks, and National Register properties. The NCWHS is currently working on “Doing Women’s History at Your Site,” a series of webinars with over 50 participants from NPS sites from Maine to Hawaii. These webinars will soon be available to all NCWHS members.

Dr. Huyck notes that “Women, as half the population, were certainly present at and clearly affected almost all events and places in our history. We need to identify and share that history, to encourage and advocate for better women’s history at all historic sites. We believe that by working alongside the Evanston Women’s History Project, which has done the same kind of work on the local level, we will have a partnership that spans from local to national. The Evanston History Center seems the ideal home for NCWHS.”

Frances Willard HouseBegun in 2007, the Evanston Women’s History Project (EWHP) continues to document and celebrate the significant achievements of Evanston, Illinois, women and women’s organizations. Located in the Evanston History Center since 2009, the EWHP’s current projects include collaborations with various local organizations on International Women’s Day, and FrancesWillard@175, a year-long series of events based at the Frances Willard House to mark and celebrate the 175th anniversary of Frances Willard’s birth in 2014.

For more information, please visit the Evanston Women’s History Project at evanstonwomen.org.

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