Archive for February, 2011

Shine On April 12 Event

February 28th, 2011

You are invited to join NWHM in partnership with Good Housekeeping Magazine for Shine On, a gala on April 12 in New York, celebrating women making history.

The star-studded gala, hosted by actress and model Rebecca Romijn, will benefit the National Women’s History Museum and feature special guest Meryl Streep and many others.

April 12, 2011
8:00 PM
Radio City Music Hall
New York, NY

To purchase tickets visit

Ticket prices are $54.50-$79.50.

A portion of the sponsorships for this event are being donated to NWHM.
Tickets are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.

New Jersey Regional Council Gala-March 31

February 11th, 2011

Join us at a Gala event in honor of the National Women’s History Museum, introducing Joan Wages, President & CEO

Thursday, March 31, 2011
6:00-9:00 pm

The Hyatt Regency
Two Albany Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Business Attire

Hosted by the New Jersey Regional Council of the National Women’s History Museum:
Janice Kovach
Senator Barbara Buono
Councilwoman Mildred Crump
Joan Verplanck
Karen Kominsky
Jeannine LaRue
Jason Casesse

To purchase tickets online:

To pay by check or credit card, print out the registration form, complete the information, indicate credit or check (payable to: the National Women’s History Museum). Send the form with preferred method of payment to:

National Women’s History Museum
c/o Sally Anderson/NJ Gala event
205 S. Whiting Street, Suite 254
Alexandria, VA 22304

RSVP to: Janice Kovach at or call 908-399-8921 by March 28th

Houston Celebrates The National Women’s History Museum

February 8th, 2011

Anne Tucker, curator of photography at MFAH, and Mary Ross Taylor who served on the Governor's Commission for Women

NWHM President’s Advisory Council member and Houston Native, Carey C. Shuart hosted a reception in honor of Museum President, Joan Wages. A group of illustrious women, including Ellen Ochoa, the Deputy Director of the Johnson Space Center, Sarah Weddington, who argued Roe v. Wade in front of the Supreme Court, Anne Tucker, world renowned photographer and curator, and Peggy Smith, Director of Women’s Studies at UH, gathered at the Houston Country Club to learn about the Museum and the new Houston Regional Council.

Xavia Karner, Chair of the Sociology department at UH, our lovely hostess Carey C. Shuart, and NWHM's President Joan Wages

NWHM is forming Regional Councils around the country that support the Museum through fundraising. Council’s will have the opportunity to work with scholars and curators to assist in gathering pertinent historical information (in the form of oral histories, artifacts, online exhibits, etc.) of women from their region—whose stories and contributions can be incorporated as the Museum scholars deem appropriate within the content of the Museum itself.The next Regional Council event is in New Brunswick, New Jersey on March 31st.

If you are interested in joining a Regional Council in your area or forming a Regional Council please contact Marjahn at

NWHM loses Long-time Friend and Supporter, Lonabelle “Kappie” Kaplan Spencer

February 4th, 2011

NWHM lost its long-time friend and supporter, Lonabelle “Kappie” Kaplan Spencer on Wednesday. For years, Kappie lent her support to the Museum through generous contributions as well as through her active membership. She passed on Feb. 2 at her apartment in Sarasota, Florida after having fought a difficult bout of lung cancer.

Spencer was born in Steele County, Minnesota in 1925. Her father, Reuben, was an entrepreneur, inventor and tool manufacturer in Owatonna, Minnesota. She spent her formative years in Owatonna and in August of 1946, became the first woman to solo at the Owatonna Airport in a single engine, polished aluminum Ecroupe. She graduated from Grinnell College in 1947 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. Read the rest of this entry »