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Women Are Essential: Interpretive Strategies that Reveal Women Are Everywhere

August 12, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Historic places and sites reveal that women were present everywhere in essential and sometimes surprising roles. Across a two-part webinar series, public historian and author of Doing Women’s History in Public, Dr. Heather Huyck will moderate thought-provoking conversations with experts who are interpreting the complexity of women’s history and identity. Together these panelists will challenge how we see and understand women’s essential but too-often hidden lives and contributions across six very different places and property types. You will come away from the series with an appreciation of the historic impact of women, as well as strategies and case studies to shape a fuller and more honest American story.

PART 2: Interpretive Strategies that Reveal Women Are Everywhere
Many sites and organizations are looking for guidance on how best to identify, research and convey the history of women that are “hidden” in plain sight, particularly in unexpected places that have—until now—have been predominately associated with men. This webinar will explore interpretive strategies including tools, resources, processes, and programs that can help elevate the important roles women played and reveal the difficult relationships and problematic power dynamics associated with women as wives, business managers, caregivers, and owners of enslaved people.


  • Nancy Cass, Program Manager, Historic Fort Snelling in Hennepin County, Minnesota.
  • Kenetha Harrington, Research Intern and Fellow for Shadows on the Teche in New Iberia, Louisiana and PhD candidate at Louisiana State University
  • Brenda Kornick, Collections and Exhibitions Director, the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana.

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