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Women Are Essential: New Ways of Seeing Women in Every Historic Place (Part 1) 

06-23-2021 11:34

This webinar took place June 24, 2021. A collaboration between Preservation Leadership Forum and the campaign for Where Women Made History.

Women are Essential
PART 1: New Ways of Seeing Women in Every Historic Place

Every place has a woman’s story to tell, if only we could do a better job of “seeing” their presence in those places. Even historic sites that are recognized for their associations with women’s achievement contain additional layers of information that should be carefully examined to provide a more nuanced and complete picture of personal accomplishments, gender and sexuality identity, and the forces that shaped them. From the home of an internationally acclaimed Black American civil rights activist to a small “Cent Shop” that provisioned a 19th century seaport, women were absolutely essential to the success of a wide range of social, intellectual, and economic activities. Join us to learn new ways of seeing women in every historic place.


  • Dr. Emily Murphy, Curator, Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Salem, Massachusetts.
  • John T. Fowler, II, Park Ranger and Digital Media Coordinator, National Park Service, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, DC.
  • Barbara Lau, Executive Director, The Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice in Durham, North Carolina

About the Series

Historic places and sites reveal that women were present everywhere in essential and sometimes surprising roles. Across a two-part webinar series, public historian and author of "Doing Women’s History in Public", Dr. Heather Huyck will moderate thought-provoking conversations with experts who are interpreting the complexity of women’s history and identity. Together these panelists will challenge how we see and understand women’s essential but too-often hidden lives and contributions across six very different places and property types. You will come away from the series with an appreciation of the historic impact of women, as well as strategies and case studies to shape a fuller and more honest American story.

Watch part two of the series here.


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