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MARYLAND WOMENS HERITAGE CENTER AND MUSEUM INC
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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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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

MARYLAND WOMENS HERITAGE CENTER AND MUSEUM INC
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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase funding for its programs

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Volunteered as docent. .

MARYLAND WOMENS HERITAGE CENTER AND MUSEUM INC
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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Volunteer to staff the center, serve on the Program Committee, assisted with the planning and implementation of some exhibits.