Heritage Trails

What is the NCWHS Women's Heritage Trails Committee?

The NCWHS Women's Heritage Trails Committee was founded by NCWHS Board Members Pam Elam and Mary Melcher in April 2009 as a result of interest generated by their article, "Sharing Her Stories Through Heritage Trails: A National Movement to Link Women's History with Historic Sites."  In 2013, Women's History trails continue to be a focus of NCWHS activity. Among other things, we compile information about women's history trails across the US:

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NCWHS Trails Committee Members

The National Collaborative of Women's History Sites Trails Committee is composed of individuals throughout the country interested in developing women's history trails in cities and states.  The following individuals comprise the committee. (Committee composition last updated: June 2010.)

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Sharing Her Stories through Heritage Trails A National Movement to Link Women’s History with Historic Sites

By Pam Elam, M.A. and Mary Melcher, Ph.D.
NCWHS Board Members

Women’s heritage trails are being developed across the United States to share women’s history with the public. From Maine to Florida, Arizona to New Jersey, organizations in cities and states are creating maps that link historic sites to inform the public about women’s stories. They’re creating websites, walking and driving trails and publications about women’s lives and history. Statewide trails are in the works or completed in New Jersey, Florida, Connecticut, Indiana, Arizona, Maryland, and New York. Several city-wide trails also exist, in places like Boston, Manhattan, and Portland, Maine. These trails have a variety of structures, funding sources and methods of interpretation.

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