NCWHS September 2015 Newsletter

Pauli Murray House with modern siding partially removed. Note proximity of cemetery.Dear NCWHS Members and Friends

On Friday, August 21, the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice held an opening of an exhibit at The Scrap Exchange, “Pauli Murray: Imp, Crusader, Dude, Priest.”  They also announced their partnership with Iron Mountain Inc., the data storage and management company, that will work to establish the Pauli Murray House, now a National Treasure of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as a historic site. NCWHS member and Senior Field Officer at the National Trust for Historic Preservation Dr. Karen Nickless was there and NCWHS was well recognized for our efforts to encourage the preservation and interpretation of this house. The “deconstruction” team there has been hard at work: the non-historic siding has now been removed, the wasps’ nest Barbara Lau announcing progress with the Pauli Murray house, at opening of exhibit in Durham NC, August 21-December 12, 2015.cleared out, and the historic bones of the house are becoming clear so that we can all learn what the house has “to say” to us to understand Pauli Murray and the world that shaped her—including the cemetery only a few feet from its back door.

NCWHS has sent the National Park Service an official “Letter of Inquiry” requesting to proceed with nominating the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray homesite in Durham NC as a National Historic Landmark. We have now received a positive response and are moving ahead. We appreciate their sending us this encouragement so quickly.

NCWHS has also now contracted for the National Historic Landmark nomination for Annie Wauneka, the Navajo woman who brought together traditional Navajo medicine with western medicine to fight tuberculosis and improve Navajo health.

The American Association for State and Local History’s annual meeting is in Louisville, KY from September 16—19. There are three women’s history sessions, including a roundtable discussion hosted by the newly formed AASLH Women’s History Affinity Group and a “Louisville Women’s Suffrage Tour,” co-sponsored by NCWHS on Friday, September 18, 1-5 pm. Following the tour, in preparation for the 2020 suffrage anniversary, NCWHS board member Marsha Weinstein will host a discussion of NCWHS plans to mark the places where women’s suffrage and other progressive activism took place. Several NCWHS board members will be attending and we hope to see you there!

In July, the NCWHS Research & Interpretation Committee had a good meeting via conference call and decided to develop an enhanced bibliography/database with relevant books, articles, websites, etc. We will be focusing on developing crucial content in women’s history at and for historic sites.

Karen Nickless and I also recently published Seven Tips for Putting Women Back Into History on the Trust’s blog. This link has the full article.

 Some Member News 

  • NCWHS members have submitted a session to the NCPH/Society for History in the Federal Government 2016 Baltimore Meeting: “Re-interpreting Relevance: Preservation, Herstory, and the Challenge to the Traditional Narrative”—we’re crossing our fingers. 
  • The Sewall-Belmont House and Museum in Washington D.C. has been given a favorable report from the National Park Service regarding its feasibility as a stand-alone NPS site. Find out more here.

In other news:

Save the date for the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s birth (and kick-off of 100 years of women voting nationwide) in New York City on Thursday, November 12, 2015. To keep up-to-date on the effort to place a statue of Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in Central Park, learn more here.

Curious about some amazing women in Alaskan history?  Denali National Park has produced 5 brief biographies, here. 

Finally, we frequently post on Facebook and Twitter (follow us by clicking the buttons on the right) and try to keep our website current with news and articles about our work and that of our members. We welcome YOUR member news to post—please share it with us. 

We hope you are had a great summer.


Heather Huyck

NCWHS President

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