Washington, DC—The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned website at www.nwhm.org. The redesign coincides with the 13th Anniversary of the move of the Suffrage Statue from the Capitol Crypt into the Rotunda on Mother’s Day, 1997. The statue of the three founders of the women’s vote campaign—Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia Mott—is the first of our foremothers to stand permanently next to our forefathers thereby changing the look of our nation’s heroes.
NWHM’s new face to the world heralds passage of its building site legislation out of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on April 21. It now heads to the Senate floor. HR 1700, which passed the House on a voice vote last October, and its Senate companion, S. 2129, will provide a permanent home for the Museum by allowing NWHM to purchase the vacant site at 12th Street and Independence SW at fair market value. The Museum expects the legislation to pass out of the Senate soon.
The website redesign brings a fresh, clean look as well as technical upgrades. The wealth of information available on the site can now be accessed using a search feature and a palette of colors are used to identify sections such as “Online Exhibits,” “Building the Museum,” and “Education & Resources.”
The website redesign is part of the program design being developed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), a world leader in museum interpretative programs. RAA is world renowned and designed the interior exhibits of the Holocaust Museum, NEWSEUM, U. S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC, as well as 140 other museums from Beijing to London.
RAA Project Director Melanie Ide stated, “This is not just the launch of NWHM’s new website, but a new era for the Museum…one that will see the Museum’s digital, physical and cultural presence take root and expand.”
NWHM President & CEO Joan Wages stated, “NWHM is entering an exciting stage of its development and this makeover of NWHM’s face-to-the-world reflects our coming of age and readiness to take our place at the National Mall.”