Maryland Women's Heritage Center

Maryland Women's Heritage Center The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is the first comprehensive state-based center and museum of its kind in the nation.
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The fight for suffrage impelled some women from varying communities into the public arena. These women demanded their fu...
11/24/2020

The fight for suffrage impelled some women from varying communities into the public arena. These women demanded their full rights as citizens and positioned themselves as candidates and legislators making American democracy a complete reality. Maryland Women figured prominently from Margaret Brent to Margaret Hawkins to Adrienne Jones, continuing to Dr. Ida Jones, (pictured here), Morgan State University Archivist and MWHC Board of Directors. There has never been a time in history when telling the stories about women who have impacted our history wasn't important. Please help the Maryland Women's Heritage Center ensure these important stories are told and shared. If you have not already, check out the many stories of Maryland Women and their contributions. https://ballotandbeyond.org/ - MWHC is dedicated to adding "HERstory to history to tell OURstory".
Please donate today: https://mdwomensheritagecenter.org/donations

Marian House  Women moving from dependence to independence For Release November 20 2020Contact:  Beth Myers-Edwards, Mar...
11/20/2020

Marian House
Women moving from dependence to independence


For Release November 20 2020
Contact: Beth Myers-Edwards, Marian House
[email protected] 410-467-4246

MARIAN HOUSE AT THE WOMEN’S INDUSTRIAL EXCHANGE WILL BECOME THE NEW HOME OF THE MARYLAND WOMEN’S HERITAGE CENTER
November 20, 2020 (Baltimore) Marian House has agreed to lease the 1,000 sq. ft. storefront space of the Women’s Industrial Exchange Building at 333 North Charles Street to the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center. The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center (MWHC) was established to preserve the past, understand the present, and shape the future by recognizing, respecting, and transmitting the experiences and contributions of Maryland women of diverse backgrounds and from all regions of the state.

According to Katie Allston, executive director of Marian House, “This is what we have had in mind since we acquired this significant property; having such an important women’s organization as our first significant tenant will kick-start our plans for Marian House at the Women’s Industrial Exchange to become a women-oriented center for downtown Baltimore.”
MWHC has been searching for a new location to operate its programs and house their continuing and changing exhibits about individuals, organizations, events, and special topics related to Maryland women. Other complementary uses may include a place to convene meetings and conferences; an interactive, state-of-the-art student learning center; a resource and reference library; and a women’s history archive. Amenities will include displays of arts and crafts; dramatic, musical, and dance performances by or about Maryland women and girls; dialogues and seminars on women’s issues; space for special events and receptions; and a gift shop with art, literature and unique gifts by Maryland women.

“MWHC is thrilled to have a new home with such a deep and rich history in the community. It is a natural fit for our organization to begin a new chapter at the historic building at this time”, said Diana Bailey, Executive Director of MWHC. “Our plan is to occupy the space in early December with hopes of a soft opening early in 2021. We will build up to a March Women’s History Month event(s), depending on COVID-19 restrictions,” Bailey stated.

The Women’s Industrial Exchange asked Marian House to take over its building and assets in June 2020, after making the difficult decision to cease operations at its historic 333 North Charles Street location.

For further information about the new partnership between Marian House and the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center, contact Beth Myers-Edwards, [email protected], 410-467-4246 or for MWHC contact Diana M. Bailey, [email protected], 443-996-1788.

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Marian House is a holistic, healing community for women and their children who are in need of housing and support services. We provide a safe, sober, loving environment that challenges women to respect and love themselves, confront emotional and socio-economic barriers, and transition to stable and independent lives. Located in the Better Waverly neighborhood of Baltimore City, Marian House provides transitional and permanent housing to women and children in need, primarily in the Better Waverly and Pen Lucy communities.

The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center (MWHC), a 501(c) (3) non-profit, non-partisan organization, was established to preserve the past, understand the present, and shape the future by recognizing, respecting, and transforming the experiences and contributions of Maryland women of diverse backgrounds and from all regions of the state. The Center is an out- growth of the Maryland Women’s History Project that began in 1980 as a collaborative venture between the Maryland Commission for Women and the Maryland State Department of Education.

The MWHC's goal is to " add HERstory to history to tell OURstory".

The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) has partnered with some of your favorite Baltimore based cultural institutio...
11/14/2020

The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) has partnered with some of your favorite Baltimore based cultural institutions to bring you the very best in holiday items. During our new normal, most of these institutions are open on a limited basis for visits and their shops are not seeing the holiday traffic they normally see. BNHA doesn't want you to miss out on their very unique gift items that are perfect for sharing the culture, heritage and legacy of Baltimore with your friends and family this holiday season. Most items link directly to our partner's online shops and others have asked for us to fulfill their orders during this time; so you will "donate" to BNHA in order to purchase their products.
https://www.explorebaltimore.org/page/bnha-2020-holiday-online-bazaar?mc_cid=ae230889b7&mc_eid=1cbec88c81

We encourage you to support our partners and to also support the Baltimore City Public School students whose art is also featured on this page. BNHA is in the business of promoting the legacy and heritage of Baltimore - we take our mission seriously and encourage you to join us by making your purchase today!

The Virtual Induction SeriesThe National Women’s Hall of Fame will host a new program: the Virtual Induction Series. Whi...
11/12/2020

The Virtual Induction Series
The National Women’s Hall of Fame will host a new program: the Virtual Induction Series. While we are living in unprecedented times the NWHF wanted to use this otherwise tumultuous year to innovate the way we operate, and reflect on our past. The NWHF will begin a new series of virtual inductions, honoring women posthumously that were deceased prior to the establishment of the NWHF, overlooked in their lifetime, or passed away before they were able to be inducted.
Date: December 10, 2020
Time: 7:30pm EST
Cost: FREE
(Donations are accepted and encouraged!)
https://www.eventinterface.com/NWHFVirtualInduction2020/

Commission for Women to Host Listening ToursFor Immediate Release: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020The Montgomery County Commissi...
11/11/2020

Commission for Women to Host Listening Tours
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020

The Montgomery County Commission for Women will host its Listening Tours to provide a virtual microphone for the women in the county to share how they have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the current social climate and other concerns. The feedback will help guide the future work of the Commission.

The series of virtual listening sessions will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. focusing on a different region of the county. “Tour stops” will be co‑hosted by the County Executive and/or members of the County Council. The meetings are free to attend but registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details needed to join the meeting.

Monday, Nov. 9 - Bethesda/Chevy Chase Register here to Join Zoom Meeting
County Executive Marc Elrich and Councilmembers Andrew Friedson, Evan Glass, Will Jawando, and Hans Reimer
Tuesday, Nov. 10 – East County Register here to Join Zoom Meeting
County Executive Marc Elrich and Councilmember Will Jawando
Monday, Nov. 16 – Upcounty Register here to Join Zoom Meeting
County Executive Marc Elrich and Council President Sidney Katz, Councilmembers Andrew Friedson, Will Jawando and Craig Rice
Tuesday, Nov. 17 - Mid-County Register here to Join Zoom Meeting
County Executive Marc Elrich and Councilmembers Andrew Friedson, Will Jawando, and Hans Reimer
Friday, Nov. 20 - Silver Spring Register here to Join Zoom Meeting
Council Vice President Tom Hucker and Gabe Albornoz and Nancy Navarro. The meeting will take place in English and in Spanish.
The Montgomery County Commission for Women is both an advisory board to, and an office of, Montgomery County government. The Commission is comprised of 15 members who are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council, to serve 3-year terms without compensation. The Office of the Commission is staffed by an Executive Director.

The Commission’s primary focus is to eliminate gender-based discrimination and improve women’s lives through:

Identifying inequities in laws, policies, practices and procedures, and;
Providing recommendations that promote remedies.
For more information about the Commission for Women, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cfw/ or call 240-777-8333.

Celebrate our HEROES & SHE-ROES!
11/11/2020

Celebrate our HEROES & SHE-ROES!

Kamala and her pioneers: This historic image is of Nannie Helen Burroughs to her immediate right and other women from th...
11/09/2020

Kamala and her pioneers: This historic image is of Nannie Helen Burroughs to her immediate right and other women from the National Baptist Convention and/or the NACW who Burroughs heavily recruited in her suffrage campaigning.

Another glass ceiling shattered!#HerStoryInTheMaking
11/08/2020

Another glass ceiling shattered!
#HerStoryInTheMaking

Ballot & Beyond is a multi-media public history exhibit and podcast highlighting the work of remarkable Maryland women w...
11/04/2020

Ballot & Beyond is a multi-media public history exhibit and podcast highlighting the work of remarkable Maryland women with a focus on the state's suffragists and activists. More than 55 espisodes are available now for streaming and reading on: www.ballotandbeyond.org

Please join MWHC's Exective Director, Diana M. Bailey, for the 2020 Presidential Election Watch Party via ZOOM. Please r...
11/03/2020

Please join MWHC's Exective Director, Diana M. Bailey, for the 2020 Presidential Election Watch Party via ZOOM. Please register here:
bit.ly/watch2020election

Please join MWHC's Executive Director, Diana M. Bailey, on Yahso's Election Night Watch Party.
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Please join MWHC's Executive Director, Diana M. Bailey, on Yahso's Election Night Watch Party.

March in Ellicott City, complete with costumes, will mark 100 years of women’s suffrage.By Katie V. JonesBaltimore Sun M...
11/02/2020

March in Ellicott City, complete with costumes, will mark 100 years of women’s suffrage.
By Katie V. Jones
Baltimore Sun Media |
Oct 30, 2020 at 8:28 AM

On Sunday, Ellicott City’s historic district will go back in time as women dressed in period costume march from the Museum of Howard County History to the B&O Railroad Museum before setting up shop at the Little Market Cafe courtyard to deliver speeches from 100 years ago in support of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

The Suffragists March for the Vote in Ellicott City event is part of the Year of the Howard County Woman celebration organized by the Howard County Historical Society in conjunction with several partnering groups. While the coronavirus pandemic has put a damper on many of the planned events, the march and what it represents could not be more important than now, organizers said.

“We picked the date two days before the elections. It is a one shot deal,” said Shawn Gladden, executive director of the Howard County Historical Society. “Obviously, we are trying to do something with a historical aspect and with a little contemporary message — ‘Hey, let’s vote.’ A 100 years ago, women risked their lives to vote. Voting is very important.”

Members of the Historical Society will be joined by members of the League of Women Voters, the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center and Daughters of the American Revolution for the march with participants handing out sashes, buttons and book markers along the route.

“We want community engagement to some extent,” said Gladden, adding that the marchers will be wearing masks and practicing social distancing. “It is a great way for us to bring awareness … and a great way to bring people into Ellicott City.”

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters and the 75th anniversary of the League of Women Voters Howard County, said Cynthia Williams, president of the League of Women Voters Howard County, who already has her outfit planned for the march.

“I’ll be there mainly in white, even after Labor Day,” Williams said, laughing. “I am happy they are doing this. I cannot emphasize it enough that this is a right that was hard fought. Democracy is not a spectator sport. Part of democracy is voting.”

Diana M. Bailey, executive director of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center, said the nonprofit was happy to be one of the sponsors of the women’s suffragist march.

“A lot of stuff happened on Main Street. A lot of meetings,” Bailey said. “Stories at the local level are more engaging, more relevant to the community.”

Gladden, his staff and volunteers did extensive research about the various women who played an important role in Howard County. Since January, they have featured a different figure on the Howard County Historical Society’s page.

“We found a very vibrant women’s history here with one figure, Laura Byrne, who lived on Main Street, a leading … local suffragist,” Gladden said. All 50 of the women profiled will be featured in an upcoming book published by Arcadia publishing, a publisher of local and regional history books, he added.

“People don’t know the stories,” Bailey said. “These women used their education in a responsible way. They could have sat back and had tea. They had their tea and did work, too.”

After the march, members of the organizations will give speeches, as will Liz Bobo, the honorary spokesperson for the Year of the Howard County Woman and the county’s only female county executive.

“It took 70 years from the start of the [women’s] suffragist movement to ratification,” Williams said. “Some people who started the process didn’t live to see the end of it. One hundred years sounds like a great deal, but ... it isn’t that long. It took women so long to get any kind of rights.”

One hundred years years is something to recognize, however, Williams said, especially now, with an election year that has been made even more confusing because of the pandemic.

“Compared to what we are used to, everything is so different," Williams said. “Go out and vote. It is so important. If you don’t use it, you can’t complain about the outcome.”

Ballot & Beyond is a multi-media public history exhibit and podcast highlighting the work of remarkable Maryland women w...
10/30/2020

Ballot & Beyond is a multi-media public history exhibit and podcast highlighting the work of remarkable Maryland women with a focus on the state's suffragists and activists. More than 55 episodes are available now for streaming and reading on: ballotandbeyond.org
This second season of the podcast was made possible by a grant from the Maryland Historical Trust and the skilled volunteers of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center. Using a Heritage Fund grant, the Maryland Women's Heritage Center brought together researchers, writers, editors, and voices from across the state to produce 28 new audio biographies.

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENicholas Redding Executive Director Preservation Maryland nredding@presmd.orgMaryland’...
10/29/2020

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nicholas Redding Executive Director Preservation Maryland [email protected]
Maryland’s LGBTQ History Study is Second in Nation
Adds Important Inclusive History in Official Historic Record.
Baltimore, MD (October 27, 2020) – During National LGBTQ History Month, Preservation Maryland is proud to announce the completion and acceptance of Maryland’s groundbreaking LGBTQ Historic Context Study by the Maryland Historical Trust. Maryland is only the second state to conduct such comprehensive LGBTQ history; Kentucky being the first. The 100-page document and property database of nearly 400 sites important to LGBTQ life in each of Maryland’s counties is now part of the historic record – and is being abridged for a forthcoming illustrated booklet and resource guide.
The context study was funded in part by the Maryland Historical Trust’s Historic Preservation Non-Capital Grant Program as well as Preservation Maryland’s Waxter Memorial Internship Program and the Heritage Fund, a cooperative effort of Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust. Upon accepting the report, State Historic Preservation Officer and Director of the Maryland Historical Trust, Elizabeth A. Hughes, stated: “The Maryland Historical Trust has been delighted to partner with Preservation Maryland on this important project, which takes the first steps in recognizing LGBTQ heritage statewide. As the state historic preservation office, we are committed to documenting and preserving the history of all Marylanders, and this effort supports a key objective highlighted by the public and identified in our statewide preservation plan.”
The author of the LGBTQ Historic Context Study is Dr. Susan Ferentinos, a leading expert in LGBTQ research oft associated with major national research projects. Dr. Ferentinos penned the report that illuminates Maryland LGBTQ history in rural, suburban, and urban locations, including sites associated with non-binary historical figures, leading “out” elected officials, strong community groups and popular gay bars, advocacy for AIDS treatment and marriage equality, and many other important sites. Unique Maryland themes were identified and keyed into the national framework provided by the National Park Service’s 2016 LGBT Theme Study.
Meagan Baco, Director of Communications at Preservation Maryland and project manager for the initiative, stated: "The importance of this report cannot be understated and it is just the beginning of a more expansive inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity representation in history. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people have always been a part of Maryland's life - their omission in previous research was rooted in discrimination, not a lack of importance. Any historian looking for an accurate account of Maryland life should consider this report a must-read."
The project team hosted five community listening sessions across the state and responded to dozens of research leads. Preservation Maryland Waxter Intern, Benjamin Egerman, now a Librarian at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, geocoded these locations and many more to an interactive online map hosted on HistoryPin with a short description, photo, and source. That map remains an open and active place to gather more locations and information.
The Context Study is a milestone in Preservation Maryland’s multi-year commitment to LGBTQ heritage visibility. Inspired and made possible by the LGBTQ Historic Context Study, the Baltimore City Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) and Montgomery County Planning have partnered with Preservation Maryland on a Certified Local Government grant, funded by the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund and administered by the Maryland Historical Trust, to nominate five specific LGBTQ-significant sites identified in the Context Study to the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties and National Register of Historic Places.
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Preservation Maryland works to preserve and promote Maryland’s history and heritage. Founded in 1931, the organization is the state’s first, largest, and most active advocate for public history, historic preservation, and cultural landscapes.
https://www.preservationmaryland.org/

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