FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Jan Du Plain – 202-486-7004
NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM EXPANDS STAFF AND SERVICES
WASHINGTON, DC – June 14, 2012- The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) today announced it has included two new positions designed to expand its services and outreach. The new positions include a special consultant to advise on online exhibits and education programs and a volunteer coordinator to enhance communications with volunteers nationwide.
NWHM announced it has hired Kristen Gwinn-Becker, PhD, founder and CEO, HistoryIT of Chicago, as a special consultant to advise the museum about their online exhibits and education programs. Dr. Gwinn-Becker will also work with the NWHM Scholars Advisory Committee.
Joan E. Moser, a charter member of NWHM who started volunteering in May has been hired to organize and communicate with NHWM volunteers nationwide. She will work with the current 60 volunteers and assign each with special projects based on their interest and expertise and continue to cultivate additional volunteers throughout the year.
“Adding these excellent people for these two positions enables NHWM to expand the online, educational and volunteer services we are providing as we gear up to meet increasing needs resulting from our growth,” said Joan Bradley Wages, President and CEO of NWHM. “It takes us another important step forward to accomplishing our mission of placing a Women’s Museum on the National Mall.
Dr. Gwinn-Becker received her PhD at George Washington University in U.S. History. She is the author of The Long Road to Internationalism, a biography of Emily Greene Balch, who is the second American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Gwinn-Becker currently directs a technology consulting agency for historians and archivists.
Moser recently retired from a local Red Cross Chapter where as Director of Volunteers, she set up a web-based Volunteer Management and Communication system. Her passion for the NWHM mission stems from meeting an outstanding woman in 1972 who was in the 1913 Suffrage March. Subsequently, she was an active volunteer with the League of Women Voters in several cities. Her other previous experience includes 20 years as an RN and then 15 years as a Manager in Health Insurance Wellness Management companies.
The establishment of the two new positions comes about as NHWM continues to increase the number of activities and projects. NHWM also previously announced that it has selected Texas businesswoman Carey C. Shuart to serve as Interim Chair of the NWHM’s Board of Directors. Shuart has served as a board member of NWHM for the past year and is a Patron of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Houston. She also founded and served as President of the Friends of Women’s Studies Advisory Board for a number of years and was awarded the Chair’s Award from the University of Houston Alumni Association for her many volunteer contributions to the university. Shuart’s selection was made at the June 5 meeting of the Board in Washington, DC.
Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum, currently located online at www.nwhm.org., is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the diverse historic contributions of women, and integrating this rich heritage fully into our nation’s history. NWHM has developed a network of 46 leading national women’s service and professional organizations reaching more than 8.5 million people; increased in size to include 50,000 Charter Members; established an Honorary Board of Directors comprised of over 200 members of the U.S. Congress and past and present members of the Cabinet; and set up a National Scholars Council (NSC) and a Scholars Advisory Committee (SAC) to build important relationships between the Museum and the academic community.