Maryland Women's Heritage Center Volume 6 Issue 1   

Winter Edition 2015 

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.  Sarah Ban Breathnach
501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization    
39 West Lexington Street, Baltimore
(At the corner of Liberty and Lexington Streets)

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Maryland Women's Heritage Center
501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization    

Executive Board

Frances Hughes Glendening,  Former First Lady of Maryland and President of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center

Jill Moss Greenberg,
Founding Executive Director, Emerita

Diana M. Bailey, 
Managing Director

Carmen Delgado Votaw,
Vice President

Josie Thompson,

Rhonda J. Tomlinson,

Michelle D. Orr
Assistant Treasurer 

Catherine "Katie" O'Malley, 
First Lady of Maryland
Kendel S. Ehrlich,
Former First Lady of Maryland
Helen Holton, Baltimore City Councilwoman

Shoshana S. Cardin, Honorary Development Chair

Audrey E. Scott, Co-Chair, Development Committee

Betty Buck, Co-Chair, Development Committee, and President of Buck Distributing Co., Inc.

Linda A. Shevitz, 
Program Chair 

Susan Morris Shaffer,
Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium

Sharon Pinder,
Director, Mayor's Office of Minority and Women's Affairs

Board of Directors

Lynne Brick

Rita R. Colwell

Patricia E. Cornish

Catherine R. Gira

Joanne T. Goldsmith

Sally T. Grant

Artis G. Hampshire-Cowan

Linda Mahoney

Jo-Ann Mayer Orlinsky

Deborah R. Rivkin

Rita L. Robinson

Carolyn B. Stegman

Nancy S. Grasmick, Former
Maryland State Superintendent of Schools 

Kathleen White
Maryland Commission for Women 

Mark L. Shaffer, Counsel,
Site Selection Chair

Honorary Board:

Dominique Dawes,
Olympic Champion  

Helen Delich Bentley,
Former Congresswoman and First Woman Director of the U. S. Maritime Commission

Barbara A. Mikulski,
United States Senator 

Cokie Roberts,
Commentator and Author  

Nora Roberts, International Best-Selling Author of Mystery and Romance Novels

 The newsletter of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center provides updates on events and activities of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center and women's groups throughout Maryland. If you have any comments or questions, please e-mail us.
Letter from the President
Frances Hughes Glendening 
 Happy New Year Friends of The Maryland Women's Heritage Center!!

As you are well aware 2014 was a year of transition for the MWHC.  Through the countless efforts of so many, it was a year of reflection, action and progress.   Moving into 2015, we are poised to maintain this momentum with your continued support and active involvement. 


Significantly, we have connected with incoming Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan about the work of the Center.   In fact, we are pleased to announce that Yumi Hogan, an accomplished artist herself, has agreed to serve as the Honorary Chair for our upcoming exhibit highlighting Maryland women in the arts.  And, as a special treat, she has agreed to include some of her own work in this exhibit which will open in June. 


Additionally, I am happy to report that our in-depth strategic planning process has been completed and the consultants have submitted their final report with accompanying recommendations.  Please accept my heartfelt thanks to all who participated in this important Center initiative.  A link to an executive summary of the report will be posted on our website by the end of the month and you should feel free to contact either Diana or me if you have questions.  For your information, the Board of Directors will be discussing this report and various action items emanating from it at our January 28th meeting. 


At the same time, like many Maryland nonprofits, the outcome of our annual appeal and other recent fundraising efforts yielded less income than we had budgeted.  If you have not yet made your contribution, we would be pleased to receive it in January.  For those who have contributed, thank you, again, for your generosity.


To ensure the Center continues to move forward, raising funds for operations and programs is our highest priority during the first quarter of 2015.  Please join us in this effort.  Of course, we welcome information about additional revenue sources and we are happy to follow up contacts and recommendations.


Again, thank you for a most productive 2014.  I look forward to crossing paths with you early in the New Year to continue this extraordinary progress.


My best to you always,    

Francie Glendening


Letter from the Managing Director
Diana M. Bailey 

 Happy 2015 to all!

I want to take this opportunity to update you on some specific efforts and to invite you to becommore involved with the MWHC. I would also like to voice special thanks to several people that are helping move MWHC forward.

Now that the Strategic Plan with its recommendations is complete, we need to expand our Board of Directors, committee members and volunteers who will take an active role in promoting the Center and its programs and products.

We have applied for mini grant from the Maryland Space Business Roundtable again to support the expansion of the STEM subcommittee work of the Program committee.  A special thank you to that committee under the leadership of Program Chair, Linda Shevitz; and to the impressive Women displaying their works in the Arts Exhibit that is slated to open in early June.   Thank you too for the extra efforts of Board Secretary, Josie Thompson, and our interns, Ashley Espiritu and Hyeja Billie for their site design, consultation and pending display layout.

We are currently in the process of adding new panels to the Hall of Fame exhibit, thus expanding and bringing the display up to date. This Hall of Fame initiative was part of the budget, as mandated by the state, when applying for funding. As you know, we are constantly seeking alternative financial support in addition to the annual appeal.


We all are very fortunate to have the daily, hands-on guidance of our President, Francie Glendening. Francie's energetic style and charismatic determination for the Center's successful future is contagious, welcomed, and very much appreciated. The experience, wisdom, and know-how that she brings to our organization are impossible to measure.

Special thanks to Loretto Gubernatis, volunteer, video producer who continues to film outstanding women who have a story to tell.  Recently, we completed interviews with Carmen Delgato Votaw and Dr. Catherine Gira.  We anticipate that these and other HERstory videos will be available for viewing on our website very soon.  Thank you, Loretto, for your significant contribution to the Center and our stories to tell. A sampling of Loretto's work can be seen below in this newsletter.   


Special thanks also goes to Rhonda Tomlinson for her financial management skills and attention to detail that significantly helped us get our non-profit and financial records back in order.  Now, we are truly a Maryland non-profit organization in GOOD Standing with the state, which is necessary when applying for funding.

The MWHC is now better staffed. Along with our original docents and the addition of new docents gives the Center better coverage where and when needed.  We thank each docent for their efforts and dependability and we thank Djoharia Pfaehler for serving as docent coordinator and scheduler.  We plan to have an additional docent training in late winter/early spring for those interested volunteers. Please let me know if you have a referral or if you would like to join us for docent training.


I continue to try to coordinate and help manage the daily operations, programs and outreach efforts.  Special thanks must also go to our Administrator, Judi Williams who spends each day working on all the behind the scenes necessities in support of MWHC.

Please join me and our teams for the many tasks still at hand.  We have made great strides, but need you and your individual talents to help us continue on our renewed path.

Contact me anytime or 443-996-1788 to discuss where you feel you can best serve.




The Maryland Education Association's Women's Concerns Committee has chosen our MWHC Cultural Ambassador, Kate Campbell Stevenson, as the 2015 recipient of their Dorothy Lloyd Women's Right Award. The presentation took place on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at the annual MSEA Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast.
Kate with friends and supporters.

Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives

"Weaving the stories of Womens Lives" is the theme for National Women's History Month 2015.

The theme presents the opportunity to weave women's stories - individually and collectively - into the essential fabric of our nation's history.

Each year, the theme for Women's History Month is set by our sisters at the National Women's History Project. March 2015 marks the 35th Anniversary of the National Women's History Project.

It is also the 35th Anniversary of the Maryland Women's History Project which evolved into the Maryland Women's Heritage Center.

For national information, please visit: and for Maryland updates and activities


Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum Speaker Series
Monday, March 2, 2015
7:00 pm
Glen L. Martin Aviation Museum, 2323 Eastern Blvd. Middle River
Free and open to the public
The Martin Aviation Museum welcomes writer Amy Nathan, author of "Yankee Doodle Gals" to speak about the women pilots of World War II. For more information please visit: 


The Feminist Art Project - Baltimore Presents

Who Does She Think She Is? Film Screening and Discussion

Thursday, March 5, 2015
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hosted by the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, 39 W. Lexington Street, Baltimore

Free event - Please register here

In Celebration of Women's History Month and in anticipation of
Images and Expressions: Maryland Women in the Arts exhibit opening in June at the MWHC. The Feminist Art Project-Baltimore is presenting the film screening of

Who Does She Think She Is? This documentary by Academy Award-winning producer Pamela Tanner Boll features five women from across America struggling to balance their lives as women, artists, and mothers. Short discussion following the film. 

Light refreshments will be served. Please click here for flyer. As seating is limited please click here to register.

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Hosts

 Girl Power 2015
Sunday, March 8, 2015 
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

APL hosts Girl Power, a STEM expo, with support from The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County, Maryland MESA, and the Maryland Space Business Roundtable. This one-day event is held annually in March and features hands-on activities, cool demonstrations, and take-home material for middle school and high school girls to encourage interest in STEM careers. Girls have the opportunity to talk to professional women in STEM careers such as aerospace, computer science, electrical engineering, geology, information technology, and space mission engineering. For more information and registration, please contact the APL STEM Program Management Office. Phone: 240-228-STEM (Washington, DC, area) or 443-778-STEM (Baltimore area)

click here for the flyer. 

The Howard County Commission for Women's

2015 Howard County Women's Hall of Fame Celebration
Thursday, March 12, 2015

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City 
 The Howard County Commission for Women honors women who have made a difference in the lives of others through leadership, service or  example.



The Baltimore Washington Chamber of Commerce (BWCC) Women in Business (WIB)
Open House at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, 39 West Lexington Street, Baltimore
Friday, March 13, 2015
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Hosted by the MWHC 


The Maryland Commission for Women Presents 
The Maryland Women's Hall of Fame 
2015 Induction Ceremony 
Thursday, March 19, 2015  The President's Conference Room, East I and II, Miller Senate Office Building, 
11 Bladen Street, Annapolis
5:30 pm

For additional information and/or reservations please call Judith Vaughan Prather, Exeuctive Director of the Maryland Commission for Women at 301-610-4522 or email:  or visit:

Music of Women Composers
March 21, 2015
8:00 pm
Columbia Pro Cantare, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia
Cost: $23

This musical presentation features Amy Beach, Grand Mass in B Flat Major. The Columbia Pro Cantare chorus will highlight some of the many contributions of nineteenth and twentieth century women composers of classical music. Short works by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, and Ruth G. Seeger for soloists and piano are included. For more information please visit or call 410-916-0744




Maryland NOW and MWHC Present 


Women's History Conference "Women of Faith Working for Social Justice" Sunday, March 22, 2015 
12:30 pm
Hosted by the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, 39 W. Lexington Street, Baltimore
Seating is limited. Reservations Required
Cost: $35 - Members - $25 Sliding Scale

Please click here for flyer. 



MWHC Annual Bus Tour
Friday, March 27, 2015
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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Enoch Pratt Free Library Resources and Guidance

Many thanks to Linda Tompkins-Baldwin, Digital Maryland Coordinator, Enoch Pratt Free Library for advancing the our efforts to begin the process of digitizing the MWHC documents.

Ms. Tompkins-Baldwin suggests these links that may be of interest to our readers:



"HerStory" Initiative

MWHC is proud to partner with Loretto Gubernatis, MWHC volunteer Video Producer, to present for your viewing pleasure the following interviews with outstanding and talented Maryland women.


HER STORY Beatrice P. Tignor

HER STORY Ellen Sauerbrey

HER STORY Jean B. Cryor

HER STORY Linda Shevitz

HER STORY Linda Linzey

HER STORY with Dr. Mary Cleave and Dr. Claire Parkinson hosted by Kristine Cornils

HERSTORY  episode Dorothy Height


Spirit of Billie Holiday
Her Life, Legend, and Legacy
Presented at the
Maryland Women's Heritage Center
February 21, 2015
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm 
A tribute to Nationally acclaimed Billie Holiday;
program coordinated by Grandmother Grio Edna Lawrence
For more info please call 443-683-4696
or email Edna at:

Fundraiser to support the
National Women's Hall of Fame 
rehabilitation of the Seneca Knitting Mill in Seneca Falls, NY
(the birthplace of women's rights)
This is part of national effort to make
The Center for Great Women a reality 
Sunday, April 26, 2015
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Helen Delich Bentley and Loretto Gubernatis
are serving as co-chairs for this Maryland event.
For further information email:
MAY 9, 2015

Grand Opening
Women in the Arts Exhibit
Thursday, June 11, 2015
MWHC is pleased and proud to welcome
First Lady of Maryland
Honorary Chairperson of the
Women in the Arts Exhibit,
Yumi Hogan






Become a Docent or Committee Volunteer


Maryland Women's Heritage Center is in need of volunteers during regular operating hours and to work with our Committees. We're also always looking for volunteers to join our committees, help with our programs and events, web design, and conduct research. Those interested in working with us and joining our terrific team, should contact Diana Bailey at or call 443-996-1788.


On January 25, 2015, 35 members of Tau Kappa female athlete honor sorority at Shippensburg University visited the MWHC. These honor students participate in community service in and around the Shippensburg community and fund raise for a variety of charities. Many thanks to Miranda Fisher, Assistant Director of Sports Medicine at Shippensburg for coordinating this visit. A huge thank you and much appreciation goes to MWHC docents, Linda Linzey and Josie Thompson for handling the docent duties for this wonderful group of young ladies. MWHC sincerely appreciates Tau Kappa's most generous donation to the Center in support of all the ongoing programs the Maryland Women's Heritage Center provides.

On December 9, 2014, as part of the STEM initiative, MWHC sponsored, 50 middle-school girls from the Prince George's County GEMS program to participated in a field trip to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. The students enjoyed a detailed tour of theVisitors' Center, and a tour of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. The tour was led by knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff members of NASA and speakers included MWHC STEM iniative program leaders, Zakiya Tomlinson and Dr. Claire Parkinson of NASA/Goddard. This trip was coordinated by MWHC Board members Rhonda Tomlinson and Linda Shevitz and supported by a grant from the Maryland Space Business Roundtable.

Maryland Women's Heritage Center Mission
The mission of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center is to preserve the past, understand the present, and shape the future by recognizing, respecting, and transmitting the experiences and contributions of Maryland women of diverse backgrounds and regions.
Maryland Women's Heritage Center
Phone: 443-708-2442

We are proud to partner with the following organizations that support the creation of this historic first:  


Maryland Commission for Women      MD ST. DEPT. OF EDU. LOGO