New York Women’s History Center to Open in 2016

The New-York Historical Society has presented plans to establish a Center for the Study of Women’s History, Art Daily reports. The center will be built within the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture, and will have a program of both permanent and temporary exhibitions, seminars, and events that will seek to bridge the gap between American history and women’s history.

In a press release, Dr. Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, said: “The new Center for Women’s History will become a destination for discovery of the crucial role that New York women played in our nation’s social, political, and cultural evolution as women struggled for and eventually won the right to vote. We will highlight the women who changed the course of our history, giving voice, in many cases, to the voiceless, and who ushered in the Progressive era and emerged triumphant in the struggle for women’s suffrage.”

The program will foreground the importance of New York women such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Zora Neale Hurston, Frances Perkins, and Margaret Sanger.

According to the New York Times, one of the highlight of the new center will be the Tiffany Gallery, designed by the architect Eva Jiricna. The all-glass gallery will house a permanent exhibition celebrating the struggles and accomplishments of women in the 20th century in New York. The gallery will also feature a multimedia wall, with touch-screen displays.

The Center for the Study of Women’s History is slated to open in December 2016.


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