Archive for June, 2012

NWHM Releases Fun Intro Video on YouTube

June 13th, 2012

The National Women’s History Museum has released a six-minute introductory video that explores its mission, current programs and membership. The video is available on NWHM’s YouTube channel and is a great resource for people that would like to learn more about the Museum or would like to share information about its work with the public.

Click here to view the video.

More Star Power for NWHM

June 13th, 2012

We are happy to report a new flood of support from some of the entertainment world’s most accomplished and beloved women. Please follow this link to the Washington Post’s Style blog to find out not only who they are, but also some exciting news on the effort to spread the word about NWHM:

Geena Davis and Kate Walsh join effort for a National Women’s History Museum


Girls in Tents

June 4th, 2012

Now that Memorial Day has passed, many American children will be participating in a time-honored activity: summer camp. As we have become more urbanized, the lure of the outdoors has become stronger. For many of us, memories of the smell of the campfire, sleeping under the stars, sack races and swimming contests are some of the happiest of our childhoods. And in great part, we have women of the late-Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries to thank for the concept, implementation and endurance of the American summer camp.

The Industrial Revolution of the Nineteenth century spawned the Fresh Air Movement in response to the growth of cities and the hazards of factory work. Begun largely by church groups, these activities were aimed at the welfare of children and adolescents. The concept was that even short exposure to the natural environment coupled with exercise and “wholesome” activities were essential to strengthen moral and physical fiber of America. It was out of this movement that summer camps were created.

In 1874, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) started a camp for “ladies” in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Sea Rest, as it was called, was created specifically for “tired young women wearing out their lives in an almost endless drudgery for wages that admit no thought of rest or recreation.” This was marketed as a low-cost summer “resort” for a new class of women who worked outside the home. This camp predated the first Young Men’s Christian Associate (YMCA) camp by eleven years. Read the rest of this entry »