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About the Center

In 2017, a substantial portion of the New-York Historical Society’s fourth floor will reopen as the Center for the Study of Women’s History, a cutting-edge museum and hub for scholarship. This landmark initiative will be the country’s first permanent, public exhibition and educational center dedicated to women’s history. It will highlight the significance of women’s history to the study of the American past, and demonstrate how women across the spectrum of race, class and culture exercised power and brought about change even before they could access the ballot box. Guided by a committee of distinguished historians, and informed by the latest research, the Center will combine permanent installations, temporary exhibitions, and a vibrant program of talks and debates to enrich the cultural landscape of New York City.

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"Miss Rose Bower of North Dakota" Woman playing trumpet, wearing "Votes for Women" sash. Gelatin Silver Photograph, New-York Historical Society.

Major funding for the Center for the Study of Women’s History is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Joyce B. Cowin, and Jean Margo Reid. Corporate support provided by Hogan Lovells.

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A committee of distinguished historians and experts will advise the Center for Women’s History during its planning stages and after it opens, ensuring that the latest scholarship is integrated into the narrative of both permanent displays and temporary exhibitions. These scholars will help determine how historical issues will be represented, and how to make specialist knowledge accessible for a general audience.

Alice Kessler-Harris, Chair Columbia University
Barbara Balliet Blenheim Hill Books
Carol Berkin Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center
Michele Bogart Stony Brook University
Ellen Chesler Roosevelt Institute
Julie Golia Brooklyn Historical Society
Michele Mitchell New York University
Premilla Nadasen Barnard College
Annie Polland The Tenement Museum
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol Brooklyn College, CUNY
Lara Vapnek St. John’s University
Nancy Woloch Barnard College

 

For New-York Historical Society:

Valerie Paley                              Director of the Center for the Study of Women’s History
Sharon Dunn Vice President for Education
Margi Hofer Vice President and Museum Director
Marci Reaven Vice President, History Exhibitions
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