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City of Holyoke (Holyoke, MA 01040-3904)
Penni Martorell (Project Director: February 2016 to present)

Women Making Change: Activism and Progressivism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Two one-week workshops for seventy-two schoolteachers on Gilded Age and twentieth-century women reformers in Holyoke, Massachusetts

Wistariahurst Museum/The City of Holyoke, working with community partners and leading scholars, is seeking funding from the NEH for the implementation of a week-long Women Making Change: Activism and Progressivism at the Turn of the 20th Century Institute, a professional development program for educators. Women Making Change Institute will provide teachers with the content and tools to use primary source materials and local historical sites to bring more women’s history into their curricula. One week-long session will be presented to teachers from the Pioneer Valley and one will be presented to teachers from across the country. Women Making Change aims to use the landscape of Holyoke, a planned industrial city, to illuminate the intersection of gender and class at this point in American history and do so in a way that provides specific and diverse examples of women employing agency and intelligence to participate in the public realm and change the course of history.

Project fields:
Labor History; Women's History

Landmarks of American History

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$139,467 (approved)
$139,467 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 12/31/2017

Funding details:
Original grant (2016) $0
Supplement (2017) $13,200