The National Park Service Women’s History Initiative projects explore how the legacy of Women can be recognized, preserved, and interpreted for future generations. The National Park Service, as a storyteller of our Nation’s past, is committed to connecting and amplifying the stories of Women’s contributions throughout national parks and communities across the United States.

This website highlights projects undertaken by National Park Service parks and programs as part of the Service’s commitment to telling Women’s history. Projects vary from increased interpretation, collaboration with community organizations, and the production of scholarly documentation.

The National Historic Landmarks Program study, Civil Rights in America: A Framework for Identifying Significant Sites included topics related to the history of minority groups within the United States and recommended additional studies to assist the National Park Service with telling the civil rights stories related to these groups. Researching and telling the stories of civil rights connects such stories with the full experience of people’s lives.

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Secretary of the Interior Initiative

In May 2012, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar introduced a new Secretarial initiative focusing on women’s history.

 

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Workshop

The National Park Service and the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) co-sponsored a workshop in December 2012 on “Telling the Whole Story: Women and the Making of the United States.”

Participants discussed current efforts in national parks and communities to (1) improve the interpretation of women’s history and (2) preserve significant associated historic places.

Find detailed information about the National Historic Landmarks (NHL) Women’s History Initiative Progress Report (2011-2013) and the collaboration with NCWHS.

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HALS Challenge

The Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) was created in 2000 to document our country's dynamic landscapes. The 2013 HALS Challenge asked states to complete at least one HALS short format history to increase awareness of the role of women in shaping the American landscape. Thirteen states responded with entries on 28 individual properties.

 

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National Women’s History Month

Every March, the National Park Service cultural resource programs collaborate to celebrate the diversity of Women’s history in our online salute to Women’s History Month.

 

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National Parks

Women participated fully in every aspect of American history. Find a few NPS highlights at these national parks:

 

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Women Amidst War

Explore the lives of women on the homefront, battlefield, and hospital during the Civil War in this feature, Women amidst war.

 

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Plan a trip

The Places Where Women Made History travel itinerary highlights some of the places on the National Register of Historic Places where sites of women’s history are preserved.

 

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Education Resources

Search for curriculum materials and other educational resources through the NPS Education portal.

Teaching with Historic Places features well over a dozen lesson plans on women’s history.