When I walk into The Maryland Women's Heritage Center I immediately feel connected to inspiring women's stories. The inclusiveness of featured women of diverse backgrounds, talents and accomplishments engages the public to value women's contributions throughout our state's history and provides positive role models for all who enter. The Center also serves as a convenient venue for retreats and meetings. Participants marvel at the breadth of educational opportunities to learn about women who settled and nurtured our state in earlier centuries to contemporary women leaders. MWCH mission of putting HER story into History to make Our story is vital to develop strong women and girl leaders. Men and boys visiting the MWHC benefit, as well. Learning of women's accomplishments in the past and present facilitates a more inclusive future of shared leadership. The current "Women of NASA Goddard" exhibit is oustanding and the "Unsung Heroines" section is very special-anyone can submit a Maryland woman's name (and story ) who has made a difference in their life.
The historical timeline, artifacts and personal stories are my favorite parts of the Women's Heritage Center. The inspired work of today's women honoring women who have given us so much from the past is amazing! If you want an opportunity to feel great about yourself visit this wonderful center-the women of Maryland really rock!
Maryland Women's Heritage Center houses the permanent exhibit for the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame. I have been the docent when people visit the museum and are "blown away" by this high-quality, informative display of the amazing Maryland women who have been inducted since 1985. Young minority women marvel at the inclusion of Lucille Clifton, Billy Holiday, Harriet Tubman, Juanita Mitchell Jackson and other African American women shown in the display. One can see visitors' own sense of self worth increase when they realize that the state of Maryland has recognized and honored women with whom they can identify. Others read the brief biographies of the inductees and marvel at the accomplishments in all areas from science to the arts to politics these women have achieved. In most cases, accomplishments about which they never knew.
This exhibit is just one of the many reasons the Maryland Women's Heritage Center should be celebrated. It's existence must be perpetuated.
The uniqueness of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center and Museum leaps at you the minute you walk in the space. It is sunny, airy and full of herstory in every corner. It displays information about women who have been outstanding in Maryland history. It lets you dwell and peruse the unsung heroinnes who live among us. If you are a child, it allows you to complete your women's history project about a notable person who has affected our lives. In short, it has many enticements if you are searching for role models or guides toward future careers and it has an upbeat spirit about what many in our citizenry are missing by not knowing the history of our ladies. Come and see for yourselves, I guarantee you will find treasures and facts you should know about. Carmen Delgado Votaw
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is an amazing success story which encompasses reclaiming and publicizing women's history and creating role models for girls and women. With a shoe string budget it serves as the site of Maryland Women's Hall of Fame and houses a collection of memorabilia about women of note from the state chronicling their deeds, it is accessible to school children and the general public also inviting them to nominate important women in their lives to be honored at the Center underscoring the importance of every day heroes in the lives of women. The Center celebrates diversity and encourages young women to strive and explore disciplines where women are not represented and offers its premises to female organizations to hold their meetings.It is a model for other states to replicate. In short, it is a treasure for Maryland and the United States as a whole. Carmen Delgado Votaw
I had not heard of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center until fall 2010 but have since worked with them on a major exhibit on women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers (I'm a scientist myself) and have attended several of their events, as well as corresponding with them through email. The result is that I am a tremendous fan of, collaborator with, and supporter of this very special organization. The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is magnificent, bringing to its visitors a wealth of well-displayed information about women in many fields of endeavor, with attention both to accomplishments that are well known and accomplishments that generally go unmentioned. It has a staff of hard working volunteers who devote their time and energies to a cause they deeply believe in, relaying to females and males alike the importance and accomplishments of the women of Maryland, past and present. I hope to be associated with this organization and the wonderful people in it for decades to come. Claire P.
This is a nurturing non-profit that has heart, intelligence and open to everyone who cares about women's role in history and its's leadership today. It is inclusive and over the years of my engagement I have seen it grow in depth and promise for future generations.
Maryland women's Heritage Center has heart and soul and touches all age groups to educate and connect and tell her story to add to his-tory.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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".
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.