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History center launches new collaboration

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The Evanston Women’s History Project at the Evanston History Center today announced a new partnership that will see the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites move to Evanston.

Lori Osborne, director of the Evanston Women’s History Project and a board member of the national group, says the collaborative’s mission, to support and promote the preservation and interpretation of sites and locales that bear witness to women's participation in American life, fits nicely with work already begun here.

The new partnership, she says, “brings Evanston and its significant women’s history onto the national stage, and gives the collaborative a supportive home to grow its reach and influence.”

Founded in 2001, the NCWHS has built a network of women’s history sites throughout the country and has partnered with the National Park Service and other national organizations for outreach and education around doing more and better women’s history at historic sites.

In 2012 it led Telling the Whole Story: Women and the Making of the United States, a workshop held to assess and increase women’s history in with the National Park Service to increase and enhance women’s history in its parks, historic sites, National Historic Landmarks, and National Register properties.

The NCWHS is currently working on a series of webinars called Doing Women’s History with over 80 participants from NPS sites throughout the country and soon these will be available to all NCWHS member sites.

NCWHS President Heather Huyck, says, “Women, as half the population, were certainly present at and clearly affected almost all moments and places in our history. We need to identify and share that history. We work hard to encourage and advocate for better women’s history at all historic sites. In many ways, the Evanston Women’s History Project has done the same kind of work on the local level and so the Evanston History Center seems the ideal home for the Collaborative.”

Begun in 2007, the Evanston Women’s History Project continues to document and celebrate the significant achievements of Evanston women and women’s organizations.

Located in the Evanston History Center since 2009, the EWHP’s current projects include collaborations with local organizations on International Women’s Day, and [email protected], a year-long series of events to mark and celebrate the 175th anniversary of Frances Willard’s birth in 2014.

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