Thursday, October 8, 2015

The New York Historical Society Will Open Center for the Study of Women's History

From The New York Times:

...Planned events include an inaugural show on the role of American women in the 18th century in helping to create the first modern democracy and an exhibition that focuses on women and the Progressive movement of the 19th century.

The center also plans to explore subjects ranging from women’s suffrage to the modern women’s movement. “Notions about women’s rights are the product of particular historical circumstances,” Ms. Paley said. “There is no single women’s history but women’s histories.”

An interactive wall, called “Women’s Voices,” will explore women’s words and actions, encouraging visitors to participate by sharing their own stories.

A 15-minute immersive film, “New York Women in a New Light,” will use screens and projections on the ceiling and walls of a new auditorium and feature women like Eleanor Roosevelt; the writer Zora Neale Hurston; Frances Perkins, the first female cabinet secretary; and Margaret Sanger, the birth control activist. The space also will be used for teacher workshops, classes and small conferences.

In addition, the society will hold an annual Conference in Women’s History, the first of which is scheduled for March. It will focus on the female-dominated garment industry, covering subjects like production, shifting work force demographics, the role of female organizers and labor unions.

In addition to honoring Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls, the new glass gallery — curated by Margaret K. Hofer, the society’s vice president and museum director — will explore the history of Tiffany Studios, its marketing of luxury goods and the impact of electricity on Americans at the beginning of the 20th century.

The society will also establish three Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Women’s History; help host an online course on women and work, taught by Alice Kessler-Harris, a Columbia University history professor; and develop educational resources and opportunities for kindergarten through 12th grade on-site and online on the history of women’s labor and social reform in New York. A mobile app will offer a walking tour of historical sites in New York that welcomed or excluded women.

Read the entire article here.