Women’s History Coming to AASLH!

I’m very excited to report that a Women’s History Affinity Group is in the works for AASLH. I am also very very excited to say that I will be working with the group, which is being spear headed by the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS). We are spreading the word far and wide, so please help bring women’s history to AASLH! If we can do this, it will fill a major professional gap in AASLH’s Affinity Groups, so if you work or are affiliated with a women’s history site, please help with this cause. Here is the original article by Barbara Howe, treasurer of the NCWHS.

Women’s History Affinity Community Planned
by Barbara Howe

Are you interested in women’s history and how you can better interpret it? When women’s stories are confined to kitchens or needlework exhibits, we miss opportunities to talk about their range of experiences. The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) wants to cooperate with AASLH members to change that.

The NCWHS promotes women’s history at historic sites through our own efforts and via partnerships. You can learn more on our website, and please check us out on our Facebook Page and on Twitter. We have a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service and partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Photo courtesy of Sewall-Belmont House & Museum
Photo courtesy of Sewall-Belmont House & Museum

We are also working with Rebecca Price on projects to better promote women’s history through AASLH. For example, does AASLH need a women’s history affinity community? Several AASLH/NCWHS members will be at the 2014 AASLH Annual Meeting in St. Paul to meet with interested conference attendees. There we might draft a statement of purpose and determine expectations for the group, including submitting sessions for the annual meeting. To proceed we need to identify 10 to 15 people to serve two-year terms on an advisory committee that would select its chair. We then submit our statement and the names for approval by the AASLH president and CEO.

If you are interested, check the final conference program for a meeting date and location. You can also email Barb Howe at Barbara.howe@mail.wvu.edu for further information, especially if you cannot meet us in St. Paul but want to be involved. We look forward to hearing from you!

Update: The meeting will be Friday afternoon, the 19th, from 2-3:15, but no room assignment yet.

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