2022: At last! A grand reopening in Baltimore and beyond
MWHC volunteer Christine Valeriann gave impassioned remarks about the importance of women’s history at the July 2022 unveiling of the roadside historical marker that honors suffragist Julia Ruhl. The marker is located at the former home of Ms. Ruhl in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland (Garrett County). Until recently, Ruhl was little-known in the suffrage movement.
During 2022, Maryland Women’s Heritage Center:
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Celebrated a grand reopening of MWHC’s exhibit space in the former Woman's Industrial Exchange
However, nothing kept us from our cause to preserve women’s history in Maryland. Throughout 2020 and 2021, we worked behind the scenes, producing virtual programming and outdoor events. We always kept our vision on a grand reopening celebration when possible.
Finally, it happened. On June 4, 2022, we threw open the doors as long-time supporters, volunteers, new visitors, local representatives and neighbors came together.
We are proud to be a part of this Baltimore landmark. Founded in 1880, WIE helped craftswomen discreetly earn a living and operated in various forms until June, 2020. Now, both the building’s owner, Marian House, and MWHC serve and honor women and carry WIE’s spirit into the future.
Produced virtual and in-person programs to showcase Maryland's intriguing women
MWHC also welcomed Parkdale High School student Micah Carroll to talk about her Maryland History Day project that highlighted the life of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer.
We add “HERstory to history to tell OURstory” because it is important to our young women of today and tomorrow. Follow us on social media and/or sign up on our mailing list to learn about upcoming programs.
Lent our expert board and volunteer expertise on women’s history to local museums and groups
Launched our "Memories of the Woman's Industrial Exchange" project
That will change when the Maryland Woman’s Heritage Center (MWHC), who now occupies the WIE’s former retail space, and the building’s current owner, Marian House, embark on a two-year project to catalogue artifacts that remain in the building, collect oral histories from people who loved this Baltimore locale and permanently preserve it all to share with Baltimoreans and visitors. The project is now possible with a generous $15,000 grant from the Baltimore National Heritage Area.
Facilitated three more historical markers that commemorate Maryland's forgotten suffragists
Featured a series of six women artists’ collections in the MWHC street-facing display window
Produced an virtual experience app and a timeline that features Maryland suffrage champions
Enrica Jang, Executive Director, Poe Baltimore/ The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum
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