Women’s Historians and the U.S. National Women’s History Museum

Should women’s historians have a role in creating the U.S. National Women’s History Museum? Yes!

The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians enthusiastically supports the creation of a National Women’s History Museum, but recent developments have left us deeply concerned about the role that professional historians of women will be able to play in its planning and implementation.

The non-profit National Women’s History Museum recently dissolved its Scholarly Advisory Councils, which comprised about twenty leading U.S. women’s historians who were working on a voluntary basis to assist the museum in producing materials that reflect current scholarship.

For NWHM’s reasoning, click here: http://www.nwhm.org/about-nwhm/scholars/nwhm-scholars

For Sonya Michel’s article on the scholars’ dismissal, click here: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117259/national-womens-history-museum-apparently-doesnt-much-care-w

The officers and trustees of the Berkshire Conference believe strongly that scholars of the field of U.S. women’s history should be represented on the commission to create a museum of women’s history. We are drafting a letter to the women of the U.S. Senate, asking that they amend S. 398, the bill to establish a Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women’s History Museum Act, to ensure the participation of professional women’s historians.

Please consider signing this petition to the women of the U.S. Senate: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/an-appeal-to-the-women-of-the-united-states-senate

Update: read NWHM respond to this post: http://www.nwhm.org/html/about/faq/Statement_Berks.pdf

The Museum’s President and CEO Joan Wages will be part of roundtable #3321 on May 24, “Women’s History Meets Public HIstory.”

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