2023 Annual Report Building a Future Where Maryland’s Unforgettable Women Make History
We built this future during 2023 when we:
Spotlighted Maryland’s women of accomplishment with in-person and virtual programs
- Maryland Suffragists on the National Votes for Women Trail (January)
- Author Talk by Ida Jones, PhD: Victorine Adams: The Power of the Ballot (January)
- DEI and You (February)
- Fannie Lou Hamer: A Life (September)
- Kalin’s Chronicles: Musings of CNN’s First Black Travel Reporter (September)
- Tea with Suffragists (Women’s Equality Day observance, August)
MWHC partnered with several library systems for: How to be a Citizen Researcher (Garrett and Allegany, April); Memories of the Woman’s Industrial Exchange (March); and Fascinating Women Buried in Baltimore’s Cemeteries (Enoch Pratt Library, March).
Explored and documented the rich history of the Woman’s Industrial Exchange
Supported existing and emerging Maryland women artists
Shared our expertise on women's history with community organizations
- In the past year MWHC has collaborated with The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, The Fire Museum of Maryland, Doors Open Baltimore, Free Fall Baltimore, Allegheny County Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Maryland Humanities, Harford County Historical Society/Discovery Center at Water’s Edge, Maryland Public Television, and Notre Dame of Maryland University.
- MWHC works with the Maryland Commission on Women in the annual Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame nomination and induction ceremony.
- MWHC donated our Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame display to Notre Dame of Maryland University, where it is now displayed in the newly renovated Knott Science Center. The Maryland Commission on Women, with support from the MWHC, inducts new members to the Hall of Fame annually. NDUM President Dr. Marylou Yam welcomed the MWHC and the Maryland Commission to a dedication ceremony in November.
- MWHC board members, volunteers, and friends planned and facilitated Women of Achievement, a six-session Renaissance Institute at Notre Dame of Maryland University course.
- MWHC Board Secretary Dr. Amy Rosenkrans was invited by the City of Frederick, Maryland and the Frederick Women’s Civics Club to share her extensive knowledge about the women who fought for suffrage in the area. The event took place during Women’s History Month in March.
- Executive Director Diana M. Bailey represented MWHC at the Appalachian Festival at Frostburg State University, where she sat on a panel entitled Experiencing the Feminine in Appalachia: Women, Gender and Place.
- Executive Director Diana Bailey represents MWHC in strategic meetings that explore the future of the Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo, Maryland.
- Maryland Public Television invited MWHC representatives to contribute expertise in discussion panels that followed programming about Harriet Tubman (Visions of Freedom) and Frederick Douglass (Becoming Frederick Douglass).
- MWHC collaborates with Maryland Humanities on Maryland History Day and funds the Women’s History Award. This year’s winners were Allison Sweeney and Daniela Martinez of Poolesville High School, with their topic The Evolution of Media in The Riot Grrrl Movement.
Completed our extensive research and biography collection of Maryland’s suffragists
Planned for a sustainable future
- To ensure the MWHC continues to serve as Maryland’s women’s history experts well into the future, MWHC partnered with the Community Foundation of Howard County to establish the MWHC Legacy Fund. Consider a donation to help us sustain a future for women’s history in Maryland.
- MWHC applied for and received funding from Baltimore Heritage Area ($500 mini-grant) and Maryland Humanities ($10,000 operations grant.)
Message from Johns Hopkins, Executive Director, Baltimore Heritage