Women’s History and Resource Center

2020-2022 Emphasis: Encourage member participation in diverse club and community projects developed to preserve the past, promote the present, and inspire the future. For over 30 years, the Women’s History and Resource Center has been preserving historical records and providingquality reference service to its members. WHRC was officially opened at GFWC Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 1984 during 1982-1984 GFWC International President Juanita Bryant’s tenure.

The WHRC strives to educate and inspire GFWC members and potential members, the research community, and the public to explore the rich, historical role of women volunteers through GFWC’s expansive collections. It offers access to readily available reference services, an online research catolog, educational programs and publications, creative exhibits, and dynamic partnerships to all those interested in using its resources.

Celebrate GFWC Clubwomen – Important Dates to Remember:

  • March is Women’s History Month
  • March 8th is International Women’s Day
  • August 26th is Women’s Equality Day

WHRC is available to assist your club with preserving your club’s archives. Log on to the GFWC Member Portal. Once you log in, there is a drop-down under your name, that says “My Digital Library” Click on it; Under resources, two downloadable pdf’s are available under “W” for WHRC: A Guide for Recording Club History and A Guide to Preserving and Writing Club History.

A National Historic Landmark, 1734 N Street, NW, is a Washington must-see for GFWC clubwomen and their guests. The WHRC manages access to GFWC’s historic archives and collections, including tours of GFWC Headquarters. Group tours and research appointments must be scheduled in advance by emailing [email protected] or calling 202-347-3168. Tour and research hours are between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.,. Monday through Friday except for holidays. Tour admission is free for GFWC members and by suggested contribution for non members. Plan a visit when you are in the area. It is an amazing part of our history!

2020-2021 Special Focus and Award: In recognition of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial, GFWC will offer a cash award of $100 to the GFWC club that best promotes the celebration in its community.

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