Register for the Interpreting Women's History at Your Site Workshop

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area News Release

Contact Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area
Lexi Ray, Youth and Education Coordinator, (785) 856-3638
Sonia Smith, Communications and Marketing Manager, (785) 856-5304
Julie McPike, Managing Director, (785) 856-5283
Jim Ogle, Executive Director, (785) 856-3635

Office: (785) 856-5300
Fax: (785) 856-5303

Heritage Area offers Interpreting Women's History at Your Site Workshop

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area presents an annual workshop in March, focused on an aspect of interpretation in museums, historic sites and other history-related organizations. This year's workshop focus is Interpreting Women's History at Your Site. It will be held on Thursday, March 29, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at the National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W Pacific, Independence, Missouri. The cost of the workshop is $25. The workshop includes lunch. Register for the workshop at http://www.freedomsfrontier.org/pages/Workshop_Series_2018.

Historic sites are among the most fundamental and common ways Americans get in touch with their history. For this reason, it is imperative that these places tell the whole story of American life over time. Too often, the stories of women at historic sites are forgotten or covered in ways that diminish their true role. The Interpreting Women's History at Your Site Workshop helps attendees address this problem with practical guidelines and best practices for telling the stories of everyone who was at the site, uncovering the true stories of women. For historic sites, there are only advantages in telling the whole story. Sites that tell the whole story tell better history, tapping into the stories that exist at the site, and finding ways to better connect with at least half of the audience - the women and girls who visit the site.

The workshop begins with a presentation by Dr. Delia C. Gillis, Professor of History and Director of the Center of Africana Studies at the University of Central Missouri. Dr. Gillis uses local histories to find women's history within the history we have.

An active and sought-after contributor, panelist, and critic, Gillis is the author of numerous scholarly publications including a photographic history entitled Kansas City from Arcadia Publishing's Black America Series. A Professor of History and the Director of the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Central Missouri (UCM), Gillis holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Missouri-Columbia. At UCM, she has taught courses on African American Women, Missouri History and the Social History of the Family.

Gillis has a record of professional service at the local, state and national level and has served on the UCM President's Commission on the Status of Women, the Missouri Humanities Council and the Wornall/Majors House Museums. She was most recently the UCM project director for "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle," a national film project by the National Endowment for the Humanities/Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History.

The afternoon includes a PowerPoint presentation by Lori Osborne, highlighting examples of best practices for interpreting women's history at historic sites. The focus is on practical guidelines for successful integration of women's history into local history exhibits, interpretation and public programs. Hands-on exercises and group discussion follow, with ample time for sharing ideas on how to address challenges.

Lori Osborne is the new Director of the Frances Willard House Museum in Evanston, Illinois. Osborne is also director of the Evanston Women's History Project and holds the position of Vice President for Operations of the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites. In addition to her women's history and historic sites experience, she has extensive experience in archives management, having served as Archivist at the Evanston History Center for ten years.

Osborne serves as a consultant for archival and history museum projects, including giving presentations on women's history topics and developing archival management plans for small archives. Osborne has a Master's Degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago and a Master's Degree in Public History from Loyola University Chicago.

Contact Lexi Ray, Youth and Education Coordinator at (785) 856-3638 or LRay@freedomsfrontier.org for more information about the workshop, or to request special services for persons with disabilities during the workshop.

Tentative Workshop Schedule

9:30-10 a.m. Check in/Coffee/Networking 
10-10:30 a.m. Introductions 
10:30-11:30 a.m. Local Historical Context Presentation (Delia Gillis)
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch and Networking
12:30-3:30 p.m. Workshop (Lori Osborne)
12:30-1:15 p.m. Checklist review; Presentation
1:15-2 p.m. Small group activity
2-2:15 p.m. Break
2:15-3 p.m. Hands-on activity
3-3:30 p.m. Wrap up

Note: The workshop presenters have a homework assignment for participants. Prior to coming to the workshop, participants should take a picture at their sites of an exhibit that needs better interpretation of women's history, and bring the picture to the workshop.

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About Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area
Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA), is located in the Carnegie Building, 200 West 9th Street, Lawrence, Kansas. FFNHA is dedicated to building awareness of the struggles for freedom in western Missouri and eastern Kansas. These diverse, interwoven, and nationally important stories grew from a unique physical and cultural landscape. FFNHA inspires respect for multiple perspectives and empowers residents to preserve and share these stories. We achieve our goals through interpretation, preservation, conservation, and education for all residents and visitors.

Kansas Counties: Allen · Anderson · Atchison · Bourbon · Chautauqua · Cherokee · Clay · Coffey · Crawford· Douglas · Franklin · Geary · Jackson · Jefferson · Johnson · Labette · Leavenworth · Linn · Miami · Montgomery · Neosho · Osage · Pottawatomie · Riley · Shawnee · Wabaunsee · Wilson · Woodson · Wyandotte

Missouri Counties:
Barton · Bates · Buchanan · Cass · Clay · Jackson · Johnson · Lafayette · Platte · Ray · St. Clair · Vernon

Established: October 12, 2006

Web site: www.freedomsfrontier.org

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