FAQS- Permanent Site
If you don't have a building, what exactly do you do?
Even though the NWHM is still lobbying Congress for a permanent physical site, we've done quite a bit.
Our first success: NWHM raised $85,000 and generated public support to move this monument of Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony from the U.S. Capitol Crypt to the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
NWHM created a traveling exhibit, Rights for Women, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Women's Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, New York. The exhibit was curated by Edith P. Mayo, Curator Emeritus, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and displayed at the World Financial Center.
"Clandestine Women; the Untold Stories of Women in Espionage" opened in March 2002. This exhibition at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial honors all women intelligence officers who have served this country.
“Partners in Winning the War; American Women In World War II” opened in May 2004. The exhibition is a photographic tribute of posters, photographs, articles and documents that demonstrate the contributions and sacrifices of women in the effort to win the war.
Legislation has been introduced in the U. S. House of Representatives and the U. S. Senate that would provide a permanent home on or close to the National Mall in Washington, DC – the place that shows what our nation honors. Bills have passed the House on a voice vote and twice in the Senate on unanimous consent but never in the same Congress. Legislation is pending that would create a commission to make a recommendation for a site – hopefully on the National Mall.
On a regular basis, NWHM adds Online Exhibits to its OnlineMuseum. As of March 2013, there are 22 exhibits on various aspects of women’s history and four in planning and research stages.
Once we have a permanent site, NWHM will continue to create online exhibits and programming that will be accessible from our website.
Is the National Women's History Museum a Smithsonian museum?
We are privately funded and just happen to be in the same town as most of the Smithsonian museums. Once a physical site is established, we will apply to the Smithsonian for an affiliation. This will allow us to borrow objects from the Smithsonian's collections for use in exhibitions.