MWHC “Adds HERStory to history to tell OURstory” at University of Notre Dame Maryland’s Renaissance Institute 

Maryland Women’s Heritage Center board members and volunteers lead a 7-week lecture series, More Maryland Women of Achievement, during University of Notre Dame of Maryland’s Renaissance Institute. The discussions highlight memorable women in civil rights, the arts, science and community service. Dr. Pamela Young, a MWHC board member, leads the coursework. Recordings of each session are available here. 

The Renaissance Institute is a lifelong learning program for adults 50+ that functions under the auspices of Maryland Notre Dame University and has offered classes for over 30 years on the University’s campus. Members suggest class topics. In Fall 2022, the Institute offered 60 classes both on campus and via Zoom. They range from history, science, art, music, literature to politics and furthering our understanding of our community. With the latter in mind, the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center was invited in both 2021 and 2022 to present Maryland Women of Achievement. 

More Maryland Women of Achievement
Notre Dame Maryland University Renaissance Institute 
October 18 – December 6, 2022

Virginia Poe, Muse, Poetess, Child Bride & Daughter of Baltimore (October 18, 2022)

Executive Director, Poe Baltimore / The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum. Enrica Jang, Director of Poe Baltimore shares details of Virginia Poe’s short life as Poe’s young cousin, then wife, her tragic early death, and Virginia’s influence on his work. 

Sister Mary Meletia Foley: Pioneer in Catholic Female Higher Education (November 1, 2022)

Dr. Amy Rosenkrans, a double Notre Dame University of Maryland graduate, shares the history of the founding of Notre Dame as a women’s college by Sister Mary Meletia Foley. Beginning in 1876 as a teacher in the then Institute of Notre Dame, a Catholic girls finishing school, Sister Mary Melitia’s students demanded more challenging studies equal to those that male students received in all-male institutions of higher learning.
She then advocated tirelessly for higher education for 20 years, ultimately seeing the birth of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, the first Catholic college for women in the U.S. 


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Dahomey Women: The Power and Poetry of Lucille Clifton (October 25, 2022)

Sidney Clifton, Senior Vice President of Animation and Mixed Media at the Jim Henson Company and daughter of Lucille Clifton uses her mother’s poetry as a background to describe her life growing up in Baltimore with her famous mother. Lucille Clifton was a Maryland Poet Laureate, feminist and proud Black woman. An artist herself, Sidney is now preserving their West Baltimore home, Clifton House, as a space for other artists in her mother’s memory.