Secretary Salazar to Deliver Remarks at Women’s History Forum


Will underscore need to highlight women’s contributions to the telling of America’s story, including through sites such as historic Sewall-Belmont House


12/11/2012

Contact: Blake Androff (DOI) 202-208-6416
David Barna (NPS) 202-208-6843

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will deliver remarks at the culmination of a two-day forum to explore how to better recognize and celebrate women’s contributions to our nation. The forum, Telling the Whole Story: Women and the Making of the U.S., is jointly hosted by the National Park Service, the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites and Sewall-Belmont House & Museum.

During his remarks, Salazar is expected to announce that the National Park Service is taking steps to heighten the visibility of the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum by bringing it under the umbrella of the National Mall. The Sewall-Belmont House is an historic building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. that once served as the headquarters for the National Woman’s Party and is now a museum dedicated to telling the story of women’s progress toward equality. The house’s new affiliation will help elevate the prominence of the national historic landmark by providing additional recognition and access to the millions of visitors who come to the National Mall every year.

“It is a moral imperative that we tell the full story of America, including the contributions that women have made throughout our nation’s history,” said Secretary Salazar. “Right now, less than eight percent of the National Park System is dedicated to women or women’s achievements. We need to change that, and I look forward to working with the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites and other partners across the country to tell these untold stories and preserve our national heritage. Elevating the visibility of Sewall-Belmont House by affiliating it with the National Mall is an important and commonsense step that gives the campaign for equal rights and women’s suffrage a more prominent role in our National Parks.”

During the forum, Salazar will receive a set of concrete recommendations from the forum’s participants – including over 50 scholars and practitioners of women’s history– on how to identify, research and interpret sites associated with women’s stories through National Park system and partnership programs.

“This is a group that brings amazing expertise and experience--expending a great deal of energy and thoughtfulness. The recommendations they are developing and presenting to the Secretary will shape the National Park System for years to come,” said Dr. Heather Huyck, President of the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites. “The National Collaborative for Women's History Sites brings deep knowledge of women's history. We were meant to be National Park Service partners.”

Today’s forum builds upon a town hall Salazar held last March at the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center in Baltimore, Md. with scholars and leaders in the women’s history and heritage movement.

WHO: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Peggy O’Dell, Deputy Director of the National Park Service
WHAT: Forum on Women’s Role in American History
WHEN: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 @ 5:15 p.m.
WHERE:
U.S. Capitol
Mansfield Room (S-207)
Washington, DC 20510
MEDIA: Credentialed news media are invited to attend and cover the event.

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