This issue of the Forum Journal examines the preservation and interpretation of sites associated with women’s history—which means, to some degree, all historic sites.
The articles explore a variety of approaches to telling women’s stories—as well as the many frequently “othered” stories with which women’s stories intersect—and examine how underrepresentation at sites echoes broader social and political concerns. The authors describe efforts to address the scarcity of women’s stories and imagine a democratized future for preservation in which the experiences of women and other historically marginalized groups are given full weight in our shared American story.
We have dedicated the issue to two inspiring preservationists whose work was foundational to our practice of preserving and interpreting women’s history sites: Karen Nickless and Bobbie Greene McCarthy. Karen Nickless was a lifelong women’s history scholar who used her time working at the National Trust for Historic Preservation to ensure that we fully incorporated women’s stories into our portfolio of National Treasures. And, as the director of Save America’s Treasures, Bobbie Greene McCarthy broadened the scope and mission of that program to advance the preservation of women’s history.
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