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October 24, 2012

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September 22, 2010

The immediate role of the Center was to create a place where the information of the past 30 years of Maryland women's history could be preserved. For the past 3 decades the MD.Commission for Women and... more

October 24, 2012

The MWHC makes history come alive. The way the Center does this is what makes it an extraordinary example of how it moved from an ideal to the reality it envisioned as a model, non-profit. It is a stunning place from its interactive displays to its collaborative partnerships with other non-profits and businesses.

It depicts the history of Maryland through people and events in a compelling use of the most diverse of people and artifacts, showing and involving: donors, visitors, and volunteers, businesses, the public sector, the academic world, young, old, students, professionals, rich, us-ordinary people, actors, the famous, the unsung and the deceased in what could be described as the most ecumenical and varied of programs.

As a start, just look at their Web site. Its information appeals to our curiosity and most importantly is so user-friendly. They find the most fascinating of representative history and have the best food at its events.

Finally, as an example to rival the Appalachian Trail, it researched and established a women’s heritage trail that traverses the state, rich in history and enchanting in its stories.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 22, 2010

The immediate role of the Center was to create a place where the information of the past 30 years of Maryland women's history could be preserved. For the past 3 decades the MD.Commission for Women and the MD. State Dept. of Education have been sending out women's history packets to every public school and library during March, Women's History Month. I was part of this effort in my local county for years. This collective information and the information about the people in the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame needed to be housed somewhere. While the MWHC met this initial purpose it is much more as an interactive place for children, academics and others. It's unique theme is the consistent way in which the diverse story of women and girls in Maryland are portrayed both from the historical past and from the present. History is living at MWMC; and it is diverse. Most of history is portrayed and written about white, adult property owners. The Center's legacy shows the richness of Maryland's citizenry in all of its diversity. No one is left out, including the vast network of unsung heroines whose activism and stories of their own show the developmental history of the state. As a model for young people, this is important, in my opinion. For instance, while the Women's History packets went to public schools and libraries, I, a Chinese-American protestant, took packets to parochial schools in my county. Not bad, when you remember that Maryland, as well as the country, was founded on religious freedoms. One of the only serious efforts to address racial relations in my county, Prince George's, was an effort in the 70's called "Building Bridges", in the wake of the county's desegregation efforts in 1972. There has been little organized, community effort before/since outside of the Black communities which has understood race relations well before its Caucasian sisters. Building Bridges had a diverse panel of presenters. It held community workshops all across this county. All of the panel's leadership are part of the MWHC's early organizational efforts and/or have been inducted into the MD. Women's Hall of Fame. The Center is a product of such visionary outreach. And its most important aspect is how young people can see women's history as a living presence to draw them into seeing themselves as players in their own sphere of influence as well. Finally, the role of business, academia and elected individuals are also participatory in the presentations and development of the Center, too. Business women are honored, their stories told. Women and girls have long had an active role in education and politics. As volunteer, they provide the mainstay for much of the Center's enthusiasm, activism, collaboration and partnership with institutions and communities in the state. Come and see.

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The Center reinforces and re-inspires in me the inescapable conclusion that I, as an individual, can play (and has played) a role in the history of my state. The Center reminds me that I have an activist role to maintain; & in collaborative ways.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Move the Center to a larger building with ample, free parking and outdoor venues. Provide paid internships. The Center already plans to relocate the museum with these features in mind.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

sense of living history; presentations that show the diversity of women & girls in Maryland's history. Finally, it has a easy and informational Web site and very well written monthly, newsletter.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Diverse. Students, retirees, professionals, stay-at-home moms, young professionals, academia, business women, elected leadership and celebrities.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Relocate to a larger building by the water with easy access to public transportation; pay for parking; hire interns; fund scholarships at all levels of learning, including the grade school pipeline; fund traveling exhibits; become a household name.

Ways to make it better...

Relocate to a larger building with free parking, outdoor venues, closer to public transportation. Provide paid, internships and scholarships for all age groups and levels of learning.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Maintaining the array of activist volunteers on its Board, staff and fundraisers. We're getting older.

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Thank you for providing an opportunity for us to comment. This was important; and fun.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 24, 2012

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October 24, 2012

My own life experience demonstrated the fact that opportunities for women to advance professionally were limited. I was fortunate enough to be named the first woman Provost in the University of Mryland System and then the first women President of a campus in that system. From the outset, the women who were to go on to found the Women's Center were incredibly supportive. The then first lady of the state, Frances Glendening, began the women's history project, in which classroom materials were prepared and distributed throughout the state, featuring the contributions of women in all fields of endeavor. Eventually, with the assistance of an incredible staff of volunteers, themselves women leaders, and the continuing support of each first lady following Mrs. Glendening, the Center took shape, first as a virtual center sponsoring educational programs and now as a physical place housing the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, exhibits and materials serving school students and citizens throughout the state. The Center is the first and only one of its kind in the nation. For all those reasons, I believe that it is deserving of recognition as a national model.

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A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 24, 2012

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1 previous review
September 21, 2010

The Maryland Heritage Center serves as model for other States to help tell the untold stories about Women and their unique contributions to our world, past and present. The Center,although small at th... more

October 24, 2012

This is a fantastic center that is free to all. Their center features all women in the state of Maryland. I am especially proud of their Unsung Heriones Section that features the every day women in our lives, like your mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, etc. Currently the center is featuring women in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The Goddard Space Center played a key role in this remarkable exhibit. Just recently World War II Womaen Veterans were featured in a heart warming program.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 21, 2010

The Maryland Heritage Center serves as model for other States to help tell the untold stories about Women and their unique contributions to our world, past and present. The Center,although small at the is point is bright, airy and inviting. It is interactive and invites visitors to interact with the various exhibits. There is a curiosity corner, a place for visitors to write about their unsung heroin and an invitation for visitors to tell their story about other women in Maryalnd

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I have watched people learn information about the role and impact of women in Maryland. Elementary, Middle, and High School students wrote moving and candid stories about the unsung Heroins in their lives. Wonderful relationships were formed as a result

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 23, 2012

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1 previous review
September 29, 2011

"Adding Her story to History to tell Our story." This so succinctly tells what MWHC is all about. I am honored to be a part of this wonderful and unique organization whose mission is to preserve t... more

October 23, 2012

I am so honored to be a member of the Board of MWHC. Every time I visit the Center I am inspired. In its uniqueness as the first center of its kind in the United States to recognize and promote the women of Maryland and their contributions, MWHC has become a role model not only for other states but for other countries as well. The current display on Women in S.T.E.M. , including the Women of Goddard is so powerful and informative.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 29, 2011

"Adding Her story to History to tell Our story." This so succinctly tells what MWHC is all about. I am honored to be a part of this wonderful and unique organization whose mission is to preserve the accomplishments and experiences of woman in Maryland.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 23, 2012

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October 23, 2012

I feel so empowered every time I visit the Center or attend one of their events. Learning about the women whose shoulders we stand on that got us to where we are -- to have choices and have a voice is so humbling and inspiring. All of us can make a difference and our stories need to be told. Their line truly says it all -- Adding her story to history to tell our story!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 16, 2012

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September 27, 2011

As a volunteer docent, I welcomed a group of women from a local shelter one afternoon. After describing most of the exhibits, including the display dedicated to the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame indu... more

October 16, 2012

Recently the Maryland Women's Heritage Center had a program to recognize, honor, and appreciate the women serving in the military and on the home front during World War II. The title was "WWII's Unsung Heroines". Three authors of books about women of the Second World War era gave presentations about military and civilian women's activities. The center amassed an amazing panel of WWII women including a WASP (Womens Airforce Service Pilots), a Rosie the Riveter, a member of the Army Nurse Corps, a Marine, a Red Cross Worker, a WAVE, a WAC, and a SPAR (US Coast Guard). Each told her "war story" to a rapt audience of more than one hundred. A retired US Air Force Brigadier General brought greetings from the Women in Military Service Memorial in Washington, DC and presented the honorees with citations from a Maryland Senator Mikulski and Congressman Sarbanes. Many of the featured women were accompanied by family and friends who beamed with pride when their "unsung heroine" was honored. This event is evidence of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center's comittment to "adding herstory to history to tell our story".

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 27, 2011

As a volunteer docent, I welcomed a group of women from a local shelter one afternoon. After describing most of the exhibits, including the display dedicated to the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame inductees, the visitors were encouraged to peruse the center on their own.

My heart was warmed
when I overheard several African American women commenting on the display about Bill Holiday. "I didn't know Billy was from Baltimore." "I didn't know she was in the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame with all these other white women." "Wow!" As they chatted, they began to stand a little taller and speak with more pride. Perhaps the experience would motivate these homeless women to believe that they could aspire to be there too.

People come to the MWHC all the time and are surprised, motivated, challenged, affirmed, inspired and touched by what they learn.

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countless programs. Girls, young women and seasoned seniors visit and are impressed by what they didn't know about Maryland women. They learn about the Generations of Justice, Unsung Heroines, Suffragists, and Maryland Women's Hall of Fame inductees.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase funding for its programs

September 21, 2010

One of the goals of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center is to educate about Maryland women of the past and present to inform the future. As a Women's Studies Minor in college, I quickly learned how much I did not know about the role of women in history and the present and how that knowledge could change one's life. So informing others about women's roles in the past and present has always been a personal goal since those days. As a private sector pre-school teacher and public school kindergarten instructor for over thirty years, I knew first hand how that knowledge helped girls and boys understand history, know their own worth, and begin to change the way they looked at the world and their role in it. Throughout my teaching career, I used the Maryland Women's History Project kits in each school where I taught in my own classroom. These resources were so unique and rich that I made sure the entire staff and student body were exposed to the information each year through teacher training and schoolwide "Women's History" displays, which educated all visitors to the school as well. Teachers gained knowledge about the history of women in Maryland they would have gotten from no other source. Each of them, then, was a potential "spreader of the word" as they progressed through their careers. It was this project that sparked the creation of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center we have today. So many dedicated people are still working and volunteering their time and expertise to inform visitors of the importance of Maryland women's roles in the past, present and future. I want to list just two of the many personal examples of how this center impacts visitors. I recently participated in the 90th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage (Women's Equality Day) at the MWHC. A life-long friend of over fifty years attended the program, her first visit to the center and forray into the realm of women's history. Through the exhibits, discussions, and film presentation; she learned about women's struggle to gain the franchise and why that fight was so long. This knowledge was a relevation to her and sparked an interest in learning more about "her own history" - that of women. She plans to educate herself about her own mother's experience to place it in the context of Maryland women's heritage. The second example was of my nearly twelve-year-old grand daughter, who visited Baltimore with her twin brother in August of 2010. While her brother was fishing with his grandfather, she and I went to the MWHC. She was overwelmed at first, but I was able to direct her interests to several specific areas that informed her of women's struggles for equality. She was especially interested in the information about Title IX, the amendment to the Education Act of 1972, which addresses gender equality in that realm for all facilities receiving federal funds. Here was an area where she could identify personally as a young female athlete. She learned about her rights under the law and how, through the work of many, that right was gained; but she also learned that equality can't be taken for granted and must be constantly secured to ensure its continuance. WE have a wonderful photograph of her hugging the model in the MWHC which is clothed in a "Title IX" tee shirt. So you see I know first-hand how important this place is and how profound an impact it can have on each generation. With more support, so much more could be accomplished. Thank you for the opportunity to share.

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informing the community. It's a relevation for all you "drop in" or come alone or with a group.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 30, 2011

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September 30, 2011

The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is totally unique. Its initial home is small but warm and welcoming. It is chock full of previously unknown information about the contributions of girls and women. When a group visits, we conduct tours of the Center and then tailor activities for that particular group. I have personally worked with groups ranging from young students with special needs to senior citizen groups. The response is always terrific and people continually cite how much they have learned and how the Center and its programs provide inspiration for them in their own lives. The Center touches and helps people from diverse regions and backgrounds. For example, our mail carrier submitted the story of his mother and grandmother for the Unsung Heroines gallery. All of these precious stories are being preserved at the Center and on its website, honoring the girls and women in our lives and enabling their stories to be told to inspire and empower future generations.
September 30, 2011
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September 30, 2011
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I was fortunate to be involved in the formation of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center almost from the beginning, and have watched it grow from those first years when we met in borrowed office conference rooms to plan and dream and try to figure out what we were going to do. But we used the assorted talents of a very diverse group of women -- I brought a background in marketing/PR and there were business women, educators and other professions represented as well. Yet I always felt a little diffident that we were focusing so much on women, rather than being inclusive of male history as well. However, as I heard more of the stories and met others involved in the center's founding and promotion, I began to realize and appreciate not only how necessary the center has become, but how much difference the affiliation with MWHC has meant in my life: working with other women who have done fascinating work in so many fields and a number of them on the frontlines of pushing aside the gender barrier in those fields. And I have been pleasantly surprised that some of the most rewarding times I've experienced with MWHC are those when I've represented the organization at gatherings of young women looking toward careers in science (STEM) programs -- I have been delighted to see representatives from all ethnicities coming to the conferences. But most of all I have been so impressed to see the number of fathers bringing their daughters and visiting the exhibits together. That has helped me to realize that the time I've spent working to get the organization up and running and continuing is probably one of the more far-reaching and long-lasting endeavors of all my years of volunteering for a wide range of organizations.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 30, 2011

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September 30, 2011

The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is a true treasure. As a national first in sharing the contributions of Maryland women, the Center is an incredible resource for all Marylanders. The all volunteer staff engages its visitors and works hard to spread its mission throughout the state.

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the education that I've received with the classes, programs, and tours that I've attended. I have learned more about women and their contributions to history than I ever did in school.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase funding so that the Center could move into a larger space and have more exhibitions, displays, and programs/events.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 30, 2011

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September 30, 2011

Having the pleasure of working with the powerful and passionate folks associated with the MWHC for the past four years, imparts a love of women's history and a never ending devotion for the present and future for the women of Maryland and beyond. The staff and volunteers maintain existing exhibits and programs as well as constantly upgrading and improving them. Future events, programs and community outreach is forever on our calendars as is creating new fundraising campaigns. The MWHC, first of its kind in the nation serves as a model for other states, and is committed to education and inspiration to all those that visit the Center in person, attend an event or program or take some well spent time and visit our website www.mdwomensheritagecenter.org -

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Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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