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For Release November 20 2020
Contact:  Beth Myers-Edwards, Marian House
advancement@marianhouse.org  410-467-4246

MARIAN HOUSE AT THE WOMEN’S INDUSTRIAL EXCHANGE WILL BECOME THE NEW HOME OF
THE MARYLAND WOMEN’S HERITAGE CENTER


November 20, 2020 (Baltimore) Marian House has agreed to lease the 1,000 sq. ft. storefront space of the Women’s Industrial Exchange Building at 333 North Charles Street to the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center.  The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center (MWHC) was established to preserve the past, understand the present, and shape the future by recognizing, respecting, and transmitting the experiences and contributions of Maryland women of diverse backgrounds and from all regions of the state.

According to Katie Allston, executive director of Marian House, “This is what we have had in mind since we acquired this significant property; having such an important women’s organization as our first significant tenant will kick-start our plans for Marian House at the Women’s Industrial Exchange to become a women-oriented center for downtown Baltimore.”

MWHC has been searching for a new location to operate its programs and house their continuing and changing exhibits about individuals, organizations, events, and special topics related to Maryland women. Other complementary uses may include a place to convene meetings and conferences; an interactive, state-of-the-art student learning center; a resource and reference library; and a women’s history archive. Amenities will include displays of arts and crafts; dramatic, musical, and dance performances by or about Maryland women and girls; dialogues and seminars on women’s issues; space for special events and receptions; and a gift shop with art, literature and unique gifts by Maryland women.

“MWHC is thrilled to have a new home with such a deep and rich history in the community.  It is a natural fit for our organization to begin a new chapter at the historic building at this time”, said Diana Bailey, Executive Director of MWHC.  “Our plan is to occupy the space in early December with hopes of a soft opening early in 2021. We will build up to a March Women’s History Month event(s), depending on COVID-19 restrictions,” Bailey stated.

The Women’s Industrial Exchange asked Marian House to take over its building and assets in June 2020, after making the difficult decision to cease operations at its historic 333 North Charles Street location.

For further information about the new partnership between Marian House and the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center,  contact Beth Myers-Edwards, advancement@marianhouse.org, 410-467-4246 or for MWHC contact Diana M. Bailey, mwhcdiana@gmail.com, 443-996-1788.

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Marian House is a holistic, healing community for women and their children who are in need of housing and support services.  We provide a safe, sober, loving environment that challenges women to respect and love themselves, confront emotional and socio-economic barriers, and transition to stable and independent lives.  Located in the Better Waverly neighborhood of Baltimore City, Marian House provides transitional and permanent housing to women and children in need, primarily in the Better Waverly and Pen Lucy communities.

The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center (MWHC), a 501(c) (3) non-profit, non-partisan organization, was established to preserve the past, understand the present, and shape the future by recognizing, respecting, and transforming the experiences and contributions of Maryland women of diverse backgrounds and from all regions of the state. The Center is an out- growth of the Maryland Women’s History Project that began in 1980 as a collaborative venture between the Maryland Commission for Women and the Maryland State Department of Education.

The MWHC's goal is to " add HERstory to history to tell OURstory".


Ruth Bader Ginsburg Will Be First Woman Ever To Lie In State At U.S. Capitol

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ginsburg-first-woman-lie-in-state-capitol_n_5f68f7f6c5b6c11cccf1ad6f?ncid=engmodushpmg00000006

A Tribute By President Barak Obama:

Sixty years ago, Ruth Bader Ginsburg applied to be a Supreme Court clerk. She’d studied at two of our finest law schools and had ringing recommendations. But because she was a woman, she was rejected. Ten years later, she sent her first brief to the Supreme Court––which led it to strike down a state law based on gender discrimination for the first time. And then, for nearly three decades, as the second woman ever to sit on the highest court in the land, she was a warrior for gender equality––someone who believed that equal justice under law only had meaning if it applied to every single American. Please click this link to read full story:  

https://womensvoicesmedia.org/index.php/d/ruth-bader-ginsburg-1


                                                                                                                                        

September 9, 2020

28 New Episodes of the “Ballot & Beyond” Podcast

Researched and Recorded by Maryland Women’s Heritage Center Volunteers

BALTIMORE (September 7, 2020) - The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center (MWHC) is thrilled to announce its collaboration with Preservation Maryland in the making of a new season of “Ballot & Beyond” podcasts.

Available now for streaming and reading on www.ballotandbeyond.org, “Ballot & Beyond” Season Two is a multi-media public history exhibit and podcast offering audio biographies of 28 valiant Maryland women, written and recorded by MWHC volunteers.

The featured women include Maryland suffragists, MWHC’s research focus during this 2020 Year of the Woman. Also recorded are profiles of many women recognized by the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame for their significant contributions to causes including freedom, justice, and equality. They represent Maryland’s diverse cultures, and locales from the rural Eastern shore, to the mountains of Garrett County, to the streets of Baltimore. Some podcast subjects are familiar, such as Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Henrietta Lacks, and Senator Verda Welcome. Others have been newly uncovered as MWHC’s statewide network of researchers combed archives, diaries, family records, old newspaper clippings, suffrage histories, and museum collections.

The contributing voices heard on “Ballot & Beyond” are as distinguished and diverse as the biographies. They include a descendant of Baltimore suffragist and Jewish civic leader Sadie Jacobs Crockin; Morgan State University’s archivist; Howard County’s first and only female county executive; and noted scholars of women’s suffrage and Maryland history. Each story is the product of hours of research by MWHC’s dedicated team of historians, research volunteers, and writers. Their valuable and continuing effort has produced highway markers on the National Votes for Women Trail; a traveling exhibit of Maryland suffragists’ biographies (available to schools and organizations); articles for the MWHC website; and entries to a national online biographical dictionary of women’s suffrage.

Season Two of “Ballot & Beyond” was made possible by a Heritage Fund grant from the Maryland Historical Trust through Preservation Maryland. “This partnership with Preservation Maryland affords us the opportunity to publicly share significant research expanding the body of knowledge about Maryland women and their valiant roles in the historic fight to achieve the right to vote,” said Diana M. Bailey, MWHC Executive Director. “Podcasts are an essential way to share Maryland women’s stories for posterity, using technology as a public history tool.”

The contributing researchers and podcast readers include Dr. Diane Weaver, Dr. Amy Rosenkrans, Dr. Pamela Young, Dr. Jean Baker, Dr. Tina Sheller, Allison Weiss, Dr. Ida Jones, Jean Thompson, Kathi Santora, Diana M. Bailey, Audrey Partington, Kalin Thomas, Christine Valeriann, Paulette Lutz, Shawn Gladden, Dan Materazzi, Judy A. Carbone, Liz Bobo, Kate Campbell Stevenson, Larzine Talley, Beverly Carter, Dr. Adele Newson-Horst, Rev. Canon Sandye A. Wilson, Dr. Kate Clifford Larson, Amanda Squires Davis, and Sally Grant.

“Ballot & Beyond” Season Two

Each episode is shareable on social media from www.ballotandbeyond.org

Clara Barton

Lucy Gwynne Branham and Lucy Fisher

Gwynne Branham

Margaret Brent

Laura Byrne

Lillian Reeves Crawford

Sadie Jacobs Crockin

Emilie Doetsch

The Du Bois Circle

Elizabeth King Ellicott

Madeleine Lemoyne Ellicott

Elizabeth Forbes

Mrs. Edward H. Harris

Margaret Gregory Hawkins

Billie Holiday

Edith Houghton Hooker

Ellen Newbold La Motte

Henrietta Lacks

“General” Edna Story Latimer

Nannie, Anne Delia, and Mary Melvin

Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray

Mary Pickersgill

The Quaker Women of Sandy Spring:

Carolyn Hallowell Miller, Mary Bentley

Thomas, Sarah T. and Rebecca Miller

Mary Risteau

Catherine Sweet

Florence and Bertha Trail

Harriet Tubman

Senator Verda Welcome

Dr. Lillian Welsh

Maryland Women’s Heritage Center

The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center (MWHC), a 501(c) (3) non-profit, non-partisan organization, was established to preserve the past, understand the present, and shape the future by recognizing, respecting, and transmitting the experiences and contributions of Maryland women of diverse backgrounds and from all regions of the state. The Center is an outgrowth of the Maryland Women’s History Project that began in 1980 as a collaborative venture between the Maryland Commission for Women and the Maryland State Department of Education.

The mission of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center is to achieve positive change in the lives of Marylanders by recognizing and documenting contributions of women to our social, political, and economic order, and promoting opportunities and equality for women and girls.

For more information, contact Diana M. Bailey, Executive Director, mwhcdiana@gmail.com

Website: https://mdwomensheritagecenter.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mdwomensheritagecenter/


PR-B and B -9-8-2020 MWHC Press Release_Ballot and Beyond.pdf


        

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nicholas Redding Executive Director, Preservation Maryland nredding@presmd.org

Diana Bailey Executive Director, Maryland Women’s Heritage Center mwhcdiana@gmail.com

Maryland Women’s History Podcast Releases Second Season

Ballot & Beyond is produced by Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Women's Heritage Center

Baltimore, MD (September 1, 2020) – Citizens across the country celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment this August and Preservation Maryland contributed to the expansion of new research and interest on the complex history of the Women’s Suffrage movement by releasing a new season of biographies on the organization’s Ballot & Beyond podcast and online exhibit.

Ballot & Beyond is a multi-media public history exhibit and podcast highlighting the work of remarkable Maryland women with a focus on the state’s suffragists and activists. More than 55 episodes are available now for streaming and reading on: ballotandbeyond.org.

This second season of the podcast was made possible by a grant from the Maryland Historical Trust and the skilled volunteers of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center. Using a Heritage Fund grant, the Maryland Women’s Center brought together researchers, writers, editors, and voices from across the state to produce 28 new audio biographies. The first season released early 2020 was generously supported by the Gallagher Evelius & Jones law firm.

Commenting on the task of selecting just two dozen women, Diana Bailey, Executive Director of Maryland Women’s Heritage Area, explained, “We are especially concerned with representing the critical intersectionality of race and gender in the history of the suffrage movement as new documentation comes to light.” The diverse class of women includes African American women, women of a wide array of religions and gender expressions, and women from urban and rural communities across Maryland.

Ballot & Beyond is a dynamic 21st-century approach to telling an inclusive story that elevates the complex history of Maryland’s suffragists and their lasting legacy on equality in the United States.

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Preservation Maryland works to preserve and promote Maryland’s history and heritage. Founded in 1931, the organization is the state’s first, largest, and most active advocate for public history, historic preservation, and cultural landscapes. Our website is: presmd.org.




Calendar courtesy of the Business and Professional Women of Maryland

BPWMD The Newscaster Fall 2020.pdf

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Sandy Spring Museum to Receive Suffrage Marker on the National Votes for Women Trail 
Please use this link to read the full press release.

Sandy Spring Museum press release-1.pdf

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NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Media Contact: Nicholas Redding, Executive Director Preservation Maryland 

Maryland Women’s Heritage Center was granted $3,000 from the Heritage Fund to assist in the research and recording of audio biographies of many of Maryland’s suffragists.

To read Preservation Maryland's Press Release about this award, please CLICK HERE


To Honor African-American Suffragists,
Maryland Women’s Heritage Center Will Dedicate
A Highway Marker on Druid Hill Avenue in Baltimore

 November 23, 11am – 1pm, Dedication Program and Marker Unveiling

 

BALTIMORE (November 10, 2019) -- To commemorate the role of Baltimore’s African-American community in the historic national struggle to gain voting rights for women, the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center will dedicate a marker on Druid Hill Avenue on November 23 at the site of the former homes of activists Augusta T. Chissell and Margaret Gregory Hawkins.

 

Next-door neighbors Chissell and Hawkins, along with activist Estelle Young and others, advanced the civil rights of women in the rising African-American middle class of West Baltimore during the early 20th century. At a time when African-American suffragists were frequently excluded from the predominantly white suffrage movement, and community empowerment was hindered by Jim Crow laws, the women were leaders and organizers in the Baltimore-based Progressive Women’s Suffrage Club, the DuBois Circle, and other African-American women’s groups.

 

The dedication on Saturday, November 23, 2019, will begin at 11a.m. with a program at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217, and will continue with participants traveling to 1532 and 1534 Druid Hill Avenue for the unveiling of the highway marker. Chissell held meetings in her home supporting the passage of the 19th Amendment. After women gained the right to vote in 1920, Chissell wrote a recurring column, “A Primer for Women Voters,” published in the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper, which is the media partner for the dedication. Kacy Rohn, who spent a year researching the suffrage movement for the Maryland Historical Trust, identified the site. Contributors to documentation of the women’s roles include Ida Jones, Ph.D., the university archivist at Morgan State University, who will speak during the dedication, and historian Diane Weaver, Ph.D.

 

The Druid Hill Avenue marker is one of 11 installed or in planning stages that identify and highlight Maryland women, events, and sites associated with the suffrage movement. Five markers have been sponsored by the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center and funded by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, in conjunction with the state’s 19th Amendment centennial celebration. The Druid Hill Avenue highway marker will be the first installed in Baltimore in this project. Additional sites are being researched by a team of local volunteers and scholars.

 

The markers expand Maryland’s footprint on the National Votes for Women Trail, an effort organized by the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites to highlight stories of women at the grassroots level of the suffrage movement state by state.

 

“Many people are familiar with the names of a few national luminaries of women’s suffrage, such as Susan B. Anthony, but fresh scholarship and volunteer efforts continue now to document the stories of local suffragist leaders and activists, including the stories of women who persisted despite facing discrimination from some of their white counterparts in the movement,” said Diana M. Bailey, executive director of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center. “Many people do not know that Baltimore was a major center of suffrage activism, host to national suffrage meetings and leaders, and the home of several suffrage clubs that sent representatives to the ends of the state, to the state legislature in Annapolis, and to Washington to organize support for the 19th Amendment. Our mission is to unearth and preserve these stories of Marylanders and the lessons and legacy they left for us as voters today.”

 

Dedication partners include The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites, the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, the state Commission on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper.

 

 

Maryland markers on the National Votes for Women Trail:

 

  1. Westminster, Carroll County: Just Government League*
  2. Still Pond, Kent County: Maryland’s First Women Voters*
  3. Lexington Park, St. Mary’s County: Margaret Brent Pilgrimage*
  4. Hyattsville, Prince George’s County: Suffrage Motorcade*
  5. Overlea, Baltimore County: Women’s Suffrage*
  6. Garrett County: The Garrett County Pilgrimage*
  7. Baltimore: Augusta T. Chissell and Margaret Gregory Hawkins homes**
  8.   Baltimore County: Goucher College (Dedication February 28, 2020) **
  9. To be determined**
  10. To be determined**
  11. To be determined**

 

*Maryland State Highway Department, Maryland Historical Trust, Commission on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

**Maryland Women’s Heritage Center, William G. Pomeroy Foundation

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: 

Diana M. Bailey, Executive Director, Maryland Women’s Heritage Center

Email: mwhcdiana@gmail.com  Cell: 443-996-1788

Website: https://mdwomensheritagecenter.org/

 

BACKGROUND

 

About the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center

The Maryland Women's Heritage Center (MWHC) was established to preserve the past, understand the present, and shape the future by recognizing, respecting, and transmitting the experiences and contributions of Maryland women of diverse backgrounds and from all regions of the state. The Center’s goal is to add “HERstory to history to tell OUR story.”  It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and non-partisan organization. The Center is an outgrowth of the Maryland Women’s History Project that began in 1980 as a collaborative venture between the Maryland Commission for Women and the Maryland State Department of Education. The first comprehensive state center of its kind in the country, the Center honors Maryland’s historical and contemporary renowned women and girls who have been inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame, as well as the Unsung Heroines who have shaped their families and communities. Contact the Center to learn more about its programs and traveling exhibits. www.mdwomensheritagecenter.org

 

About the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS)

The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) is a non-profit organization established to support and promote the preservation and interpretation of sites and locales that bear witness to women’s participation in American history. NCWHS is dedicated to making women’s contributions to history visible so all women’s experiences and potential are fully valued. Visit: www.ncwhs.org.

 

About the William G. Pomeroy Foundation

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is a private foundation established in 2005. The Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and to raising awareness, supporting research and improving the quality of care for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than 875 grants for historic signage in New York State and beyond. Visit: www.wgpfoundation.org.

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