Archive for April, 2009

Sojourner Truth Statue Unveiling

April 30th, 2009

On April 28, six NWHM Board Members and Advisors attended the dedication of the Sojourner Truth bust in Emancipation Hall of the new Capitol Visitor Center. She becomes only the 10th statue of a woman to stand in the U. S. Capitol building, out of 211 statues. Read the rest of this entry »

Help Choose Our Next CyberExhibit!

April 23rd, 2009

Give us some feedback! What subjects would you like to see covered next on NWHM’s CyberMuseum?

Over the years we have received numerous suggestions for future exhibits. We have most recently been working on an exhibit on African American women and another on women in film and are considering women in religion and Spanish women (immigrating into Florida) – all at members’ suggestions. But we want to hear from you before determining what subject to cover next! Read the rest of this entry »

Museum Design

April 16th, 2009

The winning architectural design for the African American Museum was announced this past week. There are several interesting points from our perspective as NWHM contemplates building its own museum. Most importantly is that the exterior design should be an extension of the museum’s program. Read the rest of this entry »

Museum Planning Process

April 10th, 2009

The African American Museum to be located on the National Mall is two or three years ahead of NWHM in its museum planning process, so we follow them with great interest. They spent much of the last few years designing the program of their museum – what it will have in it and how the story will be told. A design selection committee was chosen consisting of architects, historians, exhibit designers and other experts in museum design. Read the rest of this entry »

Message From Joan

April 2nd, 2009

Women’s History Month has come to a close — but that does not mean we should stop celebrating and honoring women’s many contributions to our nation. During March, NWHM certainly had a lot to celebrate! Our legislation was re-introduced in the House by Rep. Carolyn Maloney as HR 1700. Co-sponsors are lining up, so please urge your Members of Congress to come onboard! We also opened our first permanent exhibit in our Administrative Offices, entitled “This Isn’t Right!: Women Reform Leaders.”

The exhibit is now open at NWHM’s Administrative Offices, Monday-Friday, by appointment only. Please call 703-461-1920 or email to schedule a time to see the exhibit.

To read more about the women highlighted in the exhibit, click here.

Look for more great things to come from NWHM in the future. We are currently working on 2 new CyberExhibits: one on women in film and another on African American women. Please come back to our blog often—we are working on debuting a feature that profiles a prominent historical woman every week.

Best wishes,
Joan Wages

To read more about me, please click here.