The time is right to get organized for Women’s History Month – 2014. The wealth of materials available – and the great ideas ready for WHM 2013, are truly overwhelming and exciting.. With absolutely no pretense of offering a comprehensive calendar of events, here are a few random samples of what’s going on in Minnesota. With apologies for all the great projects overlooked, here’s a potpourri of ideas in place for this year’s observance:
- March 6 – Women’s History Month Recital, Winona State University Performance Arts Center Recital Hall. Songs and instrumental pieces by women composers from the 17th through the 20th centuries – 12:00 p.m. Free.
- March 7 – Dakota Women: Keepers of the Village, 7:00 p.m. Ramsey County Library-Roseville. Free.
- March 8 – Mary Colter, Pioneering Minnesota Architect, presented by Diane Trout-Oertel, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Landmark Center, Room 430. Free.
- March 8 – The Austin MN AAUW will announce the winners of the Women’s History essay contest sponsored by AAUW and Austin High School.
- March 9 – The Minnesota Historical Society will offer a special tour of the State Capitol. Focus will be on the role of Minnesota women involved in the suffrage movement, particularly at the state level. 11:00-1:00. Various fees.
- March 10, Ethel Stewart, Ramsey County Historical Society Founder, presented by Steve Trimble, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Landmark Center, Room 320. Free.
- March 14 & 15 – Women’s History Month: The Historical Comedybration. Bryant Lake Bowl,, 7:00 p.m. $12 day of show, $10 in advance.
- March 17 – Women United to Win – annual women’s appreciation event focused on ending domestic violence (focus of International Women’s Day 2013)
- March 19 – Quilting for the Cause – Ramsey County Library, New Brighton, 6:30 p.m. Free.
- March 21 – Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam, 7:00 p.m. Ramsey County Library Roseville. Free.
- March 22, Mary Hill, Family Matriarch, presented by Eileen McCormack, 10:00-11:00 a.m, Landmark Center, Room 320
- March 23, Women of Mill City, Mill City Museum. Portrayers of Ann Pillsbury, Mary Dodge Woodward, Eva McDonald Valesh and Gratia Countryman. 1:00-4:00. Various prices, associated programming.
- KUMD at the University of Minnesota-Duluth is working on yet another series of daily tributes to women who have made Minnesota history. Keep up with this amazing series by clicking here.
- The Minnesota Department of Human Rights produces and maintains a resource about human rights events and people – a great resources f or this month. Snippets of stories and pictures of events and individuals including such Minnesota heroines as Nellie Stone Johnson, Clara Ueland, Martha Ripley and Rosalie Wahl.
- The National Park Service will take you inside a stately mansion you’ve driven by a hundred times, the Elizabeth C. Quinlan House at 1711 Emerson Avenue South in the Lowry Hill Neighborhood of South Minneapolis.
- Or dip into the audio and video archives of the Library of Congress, starting with this listing of Women’s History Month selections.
- See what the librarians at the New York Public Library have pulled from the print and digital stacks of that vast resource.
- Play with the Women’s History Calendar to see what famous woman or event shares your birthday.
- Gather a group of virtual or on-site friends to test your knowledge of women’s history with the Women’s History Month Quiz created by Margaret Zierdt, National Women’s History Project Board member.
In sum, the point is to look for programs, books to read, speakers, media productions live or streamed that share the stories of women who have made a difference. And start thinking about how to observe Minnesota Women’s Month next year. Time is fleeting and the stories are everywhere.