About the center

In 2017, a substantial portion of the New-York Historical Society’s fourth floor will reopen as the Center for Women’s History, a cutting-edge museum and scholarship hub. 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 Women’s History is provided by
Joyce B. Cowin
Diane and Adam E. Max
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Jean Margo Reid.

 

Corporate support provided by

 

Public funds provided by
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in Partnership with the City Council
Empire State Development

 

 

Alice Kessler-Harris gives the keynote at the 2016 Diane and Adam E. Max Conference in Women’s History, March 6 2016. Photo: Don Pollard

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
Ramona Hernandez City College of New York

 

For New-York Historical Society:

Valerie Paley                              Director of the Center for 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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