"Women Pioneering the Future"
The National Register of Historic Places is pleased to promote awareness of
and appreciation for the historical accomplishments of American women during Women's
History Month. As part of the celebration, this site showcases historic
properties listed in the National Register, National Register
publications, and National Park units commemorating the
events and people, the designs and achievements that help illustrate the contribution
of women to the Nation's history. Join the National Register in paying tribute
to the many women who have made an impact in our past.
Fannie May Salter, keeper of the Turkey Point Lighthouse,
feeding turkeys with her son in front of photo by Ralph C. Smith,
From National Register collection, courtesy of the
Ralph Smith Collection, Mariners' Museum, Newport News Virginia
The Shaker Historic Trail Travel Itinerary
includes the Watervliet Shaker Historic District, where Mother Ann
Lee spent her final days, historic image c.1870
Courtesy of Shaker Heritage Society
Travel to historic places that tell the fascinating stories of women in
various professions including educators, artists, inventors, business
leaders, and philanthropists.
- Places Where Women Made History
This itinerary highlights 74 historic properties in Massachusetts and
New York that are associated with women who made outstanding contributions
to education, government, medicine, the arts, commerce, women's suffrage
and the early civil rights movement.
- Shaker Historic Trail
"Mother" Ann Lee, the English-born leader of the Shakers, began her
public ministry in America in 1780. The Shakers who believed in gender
equality, established 19 official communities from Maine to Kentucky,
15 of which are highlighted in this itinerary.
- Aboard the Underground Railroad
Learn about Harriet
Beecher Stowe, Amanda
Foster, Sally Wilson, Mary
Johnson, and Sophia Clemens--heroic
women who furthered the efforts of the Underground Railroad movement.
- We Shall
Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
Learn about Modjeska Monteith
Simkins, Daisy Bates,
Harden Gilmore, Ida
B. Wells, and Juanita
Craft, courageous women who were leaders in the Civil Rights Movement.
- Ashland, Oregon
Find out more about the Women's
Civic Improvement Club and Alice
Applegate Peil, an early educator and the first female school principal
in the early settlements of southern Oregon.
- Atlanta, Georgia
Discover Crescent Apartments
where female author Margaret Mitchell wrote her famous novel, Gone
with the Wind, or explore Habersham
Memorial Hall, a chapter house of the Daughters of the American
A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary
Baltimore's rich history includes the contributions of the city's women
Seton and the educators and students at Eastern
Female High School.
A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary
Visit Detroit's Women's
City Club, and meet Eleanor
Ford, and Mary
Chase Perry to discover more about women's history in Detroit.
- Hardin, Iowa
Learn more about late 19th- and early 20th-century Progressive reform
activity at the Edgewood School
of Domestic Arts or the Women's Relief Corps, a women's organization
created to serve the country's veterans at the W.R.C.
- Lexington, Kentucky: The Athens
of the West
Discover the simple two-story brick building that was home to a teenage
wife of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.
- Santa Clara County: California's
Historic Silicon Valley
Many fascinating women called the area home, including Sarah L. Winchester,
wife of rifle manufacturer William Wirt Winchester, who was continually
adding on to her mysterious Winchester
House, while Lou Henry Hoover,
wife of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States, designed
this couple's home, as did writer Ruth
Comfort Mitchell Young.
- Washington DC: A
National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary
Visit our Nation's Capital to learn about one of America's most influential
black women, Mary
McLeod Bethune, Civil Rights activist Mary
Church Terrell, the Daughters
of the American Revolution's Constitution Hall, and the Sewall-Belmont
House--historic headquarters of the National Women's Party.
with Historic Places
This program offers a series of award-winning lesson plans that use places
listed in the National Register to enliven the study of history, social
studies, and geography. TwHP has ready-to-use lesson plans, available
for free downloading, that examine important aspects of women's history.
Maggie L. Walker, Wms. Burg Photo Company, Brooklyn, New York,
National Park Service photograph courtesy of Maggie L. Walker NHS
Eleanor Roosevelt: American
This dynamic new website celebrates Eleanor Roosevelt, niece
of President Theodore Roosevelt and the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt,
Eleanor helped transform the role of First Lady and became a champion of domestic
social reform, economic justice, and human rights. The website includes virtual
tours of historic places associated with the former First Lady, and numerous images
of fascination museum objects.
Women's History in the National Park Service
This publication focuses on what women's history is, the current status
of women's history in the national parks, new ways for scholars of women's
history and NPS staff to work together, and the role of the National Park
Service in the preservation, commemoration, and interpretation of the
history of American women.
Park Service Uniforms: Breeches, Blouses, and Skirts 1918-1991
The National Park Service has, for most of its existence, been a male
dominated organization. Women's role in the Service was never clearly
defined until the 1960's, at which time a Victorian mentality prevailed,
treating them as objects to be protected, instead of the ranger status
to which they aspired. This on-line book tells the story of those women
who fought to achieve their goal of equality with their male counterparts
not only as rangers, but as rangers with the right to wear the appropriate
attire to perform the job.
The National Women's History Project is a non-profit organization dedicated
to recognizing and celebrating the diverse and historic accomplishments
of women by providing information and educational material and programs.
The goal of the NWHP is to "make history" accurate by recognizing
and celebrating women's contributions through its current and future projects.
National Capital Parks--Central
The National Park Service invites you to explore your heritage with a
series of programs at the National Mall, Ford's Theatre, and the Old Post
Office Tower. Visit national memorials and historic sites to learn the
stories of women and their unique contributions to American History. Please
call 202-426-6841 or 202-426-6924 for more information on the March programs
Register Information System
Since its inception in 1966, nearly 76,000 properties have been listed
in the National Register. Together these files hold information on nearly
one million individual resources--buildings, sites, districts, structures,
and objects--and therefore provide a link to the country's heritage at
the national, state, and local levels. Search by name, location, agency,
or theme to locate National Register properties associated with women's
of Congress: Built in America (HABS/HAER)
The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American
Engineering Record (HAER) collections document achievements in architecture,
engineering, and design in the United States through a comprehensive range
of building types and engineering technologies, including sites related
to women's history. Searches on keywords like "women's rights," "women,"
or "rights," will provide information on an array of associated sites.
Also try searching on women architects such as Mary Colter, Julia Morgan,
Marion Mahoney Griffin; or on famous women such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton
or Maggie Walker. Most of the site documentations have publication-quality
drawings and photographs, as well as historical data. Furthermore, the
Historic American Buildings Survey website provides a brief history of
House, home to the National Woman's Party since 1929.
Women's History Month 2002,
For more information about Women's History related sites listed in the
National Register, please visit these past features.
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L. Walker National Historic Site
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