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 Maryland Women's Heritage Center plays a vital role in telling the stories that often go unheard but so desperately need to be heard. They do so with great sensitivity to the diverse population of Maryland and to living their mission. It is the place to go for information on the amazing women of Maryland.
The MWHC&M is the first of its kind in the country. It is a true collaboration focused on celebrating that which makes our country stronger - our diversity. It is a resources for girls and women of all ages to learn about the women who paved the way today. Since we all stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us, it is important for the history, stories, traditions, and memories to be memorialized and shared. It is part of our story. Everyone who works for and with the MWHC&M is a volunteer - it is a true labor of love.
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.
Kudos to Jill and Linda for having their dreams realized. They were among the fore runners of Title IX and have kept the torch buring for 40 years. Their vision a place were women can go and feel at home; to feel that it belongs to them and they have worked hard to create that atmosphere while addressing and representing some of the unsung heroines from the present as well as the past. Exhibits and programs galore, partnerships with needed women's focused organizations including the girl scouts. Kidgineers in the Korner and Kid friendly spots thoughout. I am proud to be a part of it and shoot the Teen Scene Show there another example of how they reach out to all. And occasionally we do let men in, as Jill says as long as they have a mother lol. Keep the torch burning and always ready to pass on. LG
The motto of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center is "Adding Her story to History to tell Our story." The walls and every inch of usable space at the center are intergrated to make that a reality. In recording and archiving the many great women who paved the roads that lead to Maryland with time, talent, ingenuity and class it is definitely correcting history to tell our story and their story.
These women are the unsung heroines that we need to hail near and far. This is the rib of Adam that followed humbly behind in times when women had no rights. The brave feminine brigade always at the front line and crossroads of America.
From the Hall of Fame, to the Unsung Heroines, to the many organizations supported and promoted by the Maryland Women's Heritage Center not a stone is left unturned. To the promotions of girlscouts into the future aviators of the world or the tremendous woman power behind Nasa you will be overwhelmed with the truth of the corageous woman who went before us and continue to drive us now.
And while many women support and are behind this organization it is to it's founding mothers, Jill Moss Greenberg and Linda Shevitz that we owe it's very existence. They have persevered for many years when the message fell on deaf ears till they were unclogged and the cause was heard.
They are the nurturing and patient founding mother's that can now be proud of the birthing of their baby which was the dream of so many women into existence. An organization that is sorely needed.
Come down and make their new home you home. Wonder among the Walls of the Hall of Fame. Peruse the many exhibits and displays that tell the truth of the woman of Maryland from Margaret Brent and Rachel Carson to Harriet Tubman brave women all. I have been proud to be associated with this organization and will do all I can to promote it and encourage other women to remember their sisters and sing their praises.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am a volunteer with the organization this year but have been aware of them since attending the opening in June 2010. The work this organization does is phenomenal. It not only recognizes the contributions of exceptional Maryland women, but also salutes the contributions of every day sheroes. There is a great opportunity to learn the herstory in history and to fill in the gaps in history. What an amazing undertaking! This organization does it very well.
In addition to being a comprehensive and only women's history museum of it's kind in Maryland, the Maryland Women's Heritage Center also offers wonderful doecent tours and programming which is specialized for groups of students, clubs, and ages of all kinds.
Every exhibit at The Maryland Women's Heritage is educational; regardess of gender or age. The 'Unsung Heroines' exhibit is unique as a means to honor our mother's, grandmother's, friends, collegues and sister's who may not have won awards or noted in books, but have made an important contributions to the community. Reading the personal entries, included in the exhibit, and seeing the expressions of joy and pride of those who contributed, reinforced my belief that the Women's Heritage Museum powerfully fosters the impetus to create positive change in our communites.
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center is the first of it's kind in the COUNTRY! The first museum dedicatd to women and their contributions ~ humanitarian, medical, political, judicial, and social to society. It is a museum well overdue in recognizing women and their sacrifices for others in the state of Maryland and beyond. It is a MUST SEE of all school children to learn about the heroines recognized as well as the unsung heroines of our daily lives. Thank you on behalf of me and my children to all of the men and women who worked in collaboration to make this dream finally come true!