Projects

With support from generous individuals, foundations and companies, the National Park Foundation's grants will fund projects that unearth, preserve and highlight women’s stories tied to national parks across the country.

Whether it is documenting the life and legacy of prominent figures like Coretta Scott King, who had global significance through her civil rights work, or exploring women’s political activity on the regional stage in copper mining communities in Michigan, the National Park Foundation’s Women in Parks initiative supports a range of projects that highlight the contributions women have made to our country and the role they continue to play in our ever-evolving narrative.

The NPF-funded Women in Parks projects are:

  1. American Memorial Park (Northern Mariana Islands) – create oral histories and a visitor center film “Resilience and Reverence: Wartime and Women of the Northern Mariana Islands.”
  2. Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument (Washington, D.C.) – help preserve in perpetuity the National Woman’s Party’s collections of more than 2200 objects that share stories of advocating for women’s equality. This historic 200-year-old house and museum commemorates the work of the National Woman’s Party, and the women’s suffrage and equal rights movements. The house has served as headquarters of the National Woman’s Party, founded by Alice Paul, since 1929.
  3. Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument (Alabama) – research and develop education materials about the life of Carrie A. Tuggle, a prominent civil rights activist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur.
  4. Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation (North Carolina and Virginia) – create year-long Women in Bluegrass Music Festival.
  5. Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area (Colorado) – record oral histories from Northern Arapaho women to create online content like short educational videos and future in-park programming like guided walks, talks and special events. This includes a recent webinar that acknowledges what citizenship means for Indigenous women who were not among the women granted the right to vote through the 19th Amendment and how that still resonates today.
  6. César E. Chávez National Monument (California) – research and document the experiences of Mexican, Filipina, and Chicana women farm workers in California to develop future in-park programs. These programs will highlight women’s contributions to their families, communities, and a labor movement that established United Farm Workers, the nation’s largest farm workers union today.
  7. Congaree National Park (South Carolina) – support all-women service corps crews, helping to restore the park and providing leadership and mentoring to the crew members.
  8. Death Valley National Park (Nevada and California)- create narratives, web, and a new wayside exhibit about LGBTQ miner and entrepreneur, Louise Grantham.
  9. Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (New York) – produce a video program that will air in early 2021 on PBS (WCNY) and across multiple channels including YouTube, radio and social media about how women traversed the Erie Canal to attend rallies in Seneca Falls to pass the 19th amendment. Their contributions helped create a culture of social reform movements still evident along the Erie Canal today.
  10. Fort Stanwix National Monument (New York) – create an exhibit and programs about women in military service.
  11. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (Washington) – research and share untold women’s stories through a variety of media.
  12. Harpers Ferry Center for Media Services (West Virginia) – create an online exhibit exploring themes of equality alongside the evolution of National Park Service uniforms for women. This exhibit will encourage viewers to look beyond the fashion statements to see the parallels between women’s experiences in NPS and women’s struggle for equality in the U.S.
  13. Keweenaw National Historical Park (Michigan) – research and create exhibits that provide new information about gender and women’s political activity in Copper Country, a remote, primarily immigrant community that was once the epicenter of copper mining. This exhibit, which will also inform K-12 lesson plans and field trips, will expand the narrative that historically only focused on men to highlight women’s contributions between the 1880s and 1920s including the area’s largest labor strike.
  14. Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site (Virginia) – fund the archival appraisal of Independent Order of St. Luke Records, which will be donated to NPS.
  15. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park (Georgia) – create an exhibit interpreting and celebrating the life and legacy of Coretta Scott King, a leader for the civil rights movement in the 1960s and advocate for African-American equality as well as the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  16. National Park Service Mellon Humanities Fellows (Washington, D.C.) – develop podcasts and convenings that use three social justice movements, civil rights, labor rights, and LGBTQ+ rights, as starting points to better understand how the fight for access to the ballot connected with other forms of radical action in twentieth-century America.
  17. Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate (servicewide initiative) – create social media videos featuring contemporary NPS women trailblazers in conservation.
  18. NPS Interior Region 1, North Atlantic – create the Suffragist Stories Project, an online story map and one of the most comprehensive archival GIS sites dedicated to mapping the social networks of the women's suffrage movement.
  19. NPS Pacific West Regional Office (includes Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa) – commemorate the 19th amendment and support inclusion of women's stories in education and media programs at multiple sites.
  20. NPS Park History Program (servicewide initiative) – produce oral histories of women in the National Park Service.
  21. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park – provide bus tours that enable people to visit and learn about parks where women from diverse backgrounds made history in San Francisco.
  22. Tumacácori National Historical Park (Arizona) – hire a bilingual intern to research and interpret Mission records from the 1700s and 1800s, written exclusively by men, to expand storytelling at the park and online. Their efforts will uncover how the lives of women during the Spanish colonial era contributed to the culture of the Mexican, O’odham, and Yaqui communities that exist today.
  23. Women’s Rights National Historical Park (New York) – create future programming about the women’s suffrage movement while recognizing its complex and interwoven nature with civil and political rights for all Americans. NPS will share the diverse stories and complicated legacy of the women's suffrage movement in the place where it began.
More Than a Moment
The National Park Foundation has launched a new fund to support projects and programs that help the National Park Service share a more comprehensive American narrative that includes the voices of women whose vision, tenacity, and resilience moved them to climb mountains, take down barriers, protect the environment, and lead social movements.