Celebrate Women's History Month

Clara Endicott Sears, founder of Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA, c. 1940
Photograph courtesy of Fruitlands Museum
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 publications, historic properties listed in the National Register, 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. Travel to historic places that tell the fascinating stories of women in various professions including educators, artists, inventors, business leaders, and philanthropists. Join the National Register in commemorating the places where women made history.


Teaching 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. Each Wednesday during March, TwHP will add to its web site a lesson, available for free downloading, that examines an important aspect of women's history.

TwHP will be adding one lesson each Wednesday during the month of March. The schedule will be as follows:

  • March 3 -- Clara Barton's House: Home of the American Red Cross
    Follow Barton as a leader of charitable causes, from caring for the wounded on Civil War battlefields to founding the American Red Cross.

  • March 10 -- Adeline Hornbek and the Homestead Act: A Colorado Success Story
    Discover how Adeline Hornbek, a single mother of four, defied traditional gender roles to become the owner of a successful ranch under the Homestead Act.

  • March 17 -- The M'Clintock House: A Home to the Women's Rights Movement
    Learn why a family home in upstate New York became the site for the creation of one of the most important documents in the history of American women.

  • March 24 -- First Lady of the World: Eleanor Roosevelt at Val-Kill
    Examine how Roosevelt's activities at home reflected her interest in humanitarianism, as epitomized by her leadership in the creation of the UN's Declaration of Human Rights.

Cogswell's Grant in Essex, MA, home of preservationist Nina Little.
Photographs by David Bohl, courtesy of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.
Places Where Women Made History
This itinerary highlights 74 historic properties in Massachusetts and New York that are associated with women's history.

Aboard the Underground Railroad
Learn about Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Amanda Foster, three heroic women who furthered the efforts of the Underground Railroad movement.

We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
Learn about Mary Church Terrell, Elizabeth Harden Gilmore, Ida B. Wells, and Juanita Craft, courageous women who were leaders in the Civil Rights Movement.

Detroit: 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.

Baltimore: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary
Baltimore's rich history includes the contributions of the city's women including Mother Seton and the educators and students at Eastern Female High School.  


Maggie L. Walker, famous banker and businesswoman, c. 1910
Photograph courtesy of Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site

  • Clara Barton National Historic Site
  • Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
  • Johnstown Flood National Memorial
  • Lowell National Historical Park
  • Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
  • Sewall-Belmont House National Historic Site*
  • Whitman Mission National Historic Site
  • Women's Rights National Historical Park


    Mary and Eliza Freeman Houses, Bridgeport, Connecticut
    Recently listed in the National Register, the Mary and Eliza Freeman Houses tell the story of two sisters who overcame significant obstacles as women and as African Americans in 19th century society.

    The Georgia O'Keeffe Home and Studio, Abiquiu, New Mexico
    The Georgia O'Keeffe Home and Studio, recently designated by the Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark, was the home of one of the most significant American painters of the 20th century.


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