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Forum Journal: "Every Story Told": Centering Women's History (Vol. 32, No. 2) 

12-19-2018 16:31

Forum Journal on Women's History CoverThis 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.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication: For Bobbie and Karen by Stephanie Meeks
  • Introduction: Understanding Our National Story Through Women’s History Sites by Stephanie Toothman
  • Women’s History Doesn’t Begin or End: An Interview with Turkiya Lowe by Sandi Burtseva
  • Gender, Race, and Class in the Work of Julia Morgan by Karen McNeill
  • “Women Are Everywhere”: Celebrating The Women’s Building by Donna Graves
  • A New Demonstration for a New Era: Collecting the 2017 Women’s March on Washington by Lisa Kathleen Graddy
  • Three Steps Toward a Radically Effective Preservation Movement by Meagan Baco

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Author(s):Stephanie Meeks, Stephanie Toothman, Turkiya Lowe, Sandi Burtseva, Karen McNeill, Donna Graves, Lisa Kathleen Graddy, Meagan Baco
Volume:32
Issue:2
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Dedication: For Bobbie and Karen by Stephanie Meeks   587K   1 version
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Former Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places Stephanie Toothman lays out a case for women’s history as fundamental to telling the “whole” American story. She explores the role of sites and objects in storytelling and explores National Park Services initiatives and sites associated with women’s history.
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Introduction: Understanding Our National Story Through Wo...   1.02MB   1 version
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Former Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places Stephanie Toothman lays out a case for women’s history as fundamental to telling the “whole” American story. She explores the role of sites and objects in storytelling and explores National Park Services initiatives and sites associated with women’s history.
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Women’s History Doesn’t Begin or End: An Interview with T...   1.33MB   1 version
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The National Park Service’s chief historian, Turkiya Lowe, discusses the organization’s efforts to promote the research and interpretation of women’s history. Lowe touches on the initiatives and theme studies, revised interpretation plans, intersectionality, centering underrepresented communities, and addressing the challenges posed by the integrity standard for resources nominated to the National Register of Historic Places and the National Historic Landmarks program.
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Gender, Race, and Class in the Work of Julia Morgan by Ka...   1.22MB   1 version
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A leading expert on architect Julia Morgan, historian Karen McNeill contemplates Morgan’s prolific career through her numerous sites and buildings in California. Morgan’s buildings were often associated with women’s organizations, and exploring their histories reveals intersections between gender, race, and class. Being a pioneering woman architect had an impact on Morgan’s career and continues to influence the recognition and preservation of her work.
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“Women Are Everywhere”: Celebrating The Women’s Building ...   1.81MB   1 version
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One of only two 1970s women’s centers still in operation today, The Women’s Building in San Francisco was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. The iconic mural-covered building is recognized as a site of radical and intersectional feminist organizing—which is in keeping with the vision of its founders, who sought to create a space that included LGBTQ, working-class, and immigrant women.
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A New Demonstration for a New Era: Collecting the 2017 Wo...   1.43MB   1 version
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National Museum of American History (NMAH) curator Lisa Kathleen Graddy describes the process of collecting articles from the 2017 Women’s March. She explains the long tradition of marching on the National Mall with a specific emphasis on the 1913 national procession for women’s suffrage. Graddy then examines how artifacts from the march in 2017 were collected, how they have been processed thus far, and how they should be interpreted in the future.
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Three Steps Toward a Radically Effective Preservation Mov...   1.37MB   1 version
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Preservation Maryland’s communications director, Meagan Baco, contemplates how we might democratize the preservation movement and improve its ability to support local preservationists—often women—in their efforts to save the places that matter to their communities. Baco highlights the importance of growing professional competency, ensuring fair compensation, investing in user-friendly technology, and pushing for radical inclusion of underrepresented communities.