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The National Museum of Women's History is co-sponsoring an exhibit of Diana Mara Henry's photographs of the First National Women's Conference, together with and at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1 Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004-3002, USA. The kick-off event will be on April 8th, with a talk by Marjorie Spruill on her project, "Women's Rights, Family Values, and the Polarization of American Values". "Marjorie's lecture will inaugurate a new series on US women's history that I'm organizing in conjunction with the establishment of the National Museum of Women's History. We hope to attract a wide audience of scholars and students as well as the general public, and it would be great to give them an opportunity to see your photos at the same time."-Sonya Michel, Ph.D., Director of United States Studies

The Wilson Center is a research center that serves as the nation's official memorial to President Wilson and is located in a wing of the Reagan Building in downtown DC. The exhibit of Diana Mara Henry's photographs will be on view in the Fifth Floor Gallery to May 27.


See the program titled "Women's Rights, Family Values, and the Polarization of American Political Culture" Episode 2319 from a series called "Dialogue" at the Wilson Center, a major component to the Center's outreach effort, including, as more than half the program, a discussion of the photographs by Diana Mara Henry by Drs. Marjorie Spruill and Sonya Michel. "Thank you, Diana! Your photos were fantastic and provided a great basis for the discussion. We sincerely appreciate your generosity in allowing us to use them and look forward to the possibility of working with you again.
John Milewski
Host & Managing Editor, dialogue
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Click here for a glimpse of the 48 photographs on display

Eminent political commentator and photographer Jo Freeman examining the photographs on display at the Wilson Center.


Note: 500 of Diana Mara Henry's photographs have comprised the Diana Mara Henry collection at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Insitute/Harvard University since 1976. Marjorie Spruill, whose lecture will inaugurate the new series on US women's history that Dr. Sonya Michel is organizing in conjunction with the establishment of the National Museum of Women's History at the Woodrow Wilson Center coinciding with Diana Mara Henry's exhibit, was a Radcliffe Fellowship recipient, and their work was featured together in News from the Schlesinger Library, Fall 2006. You can also see there the statement of support from Schlesinger Director Marilyn Dunn for Diana Mara Henry's Stamp Campaign to feature her photographs of Distinguished Women of the 1970's on US postage Stamps.


How fantastic. My congratulations. I am sending it on to my nephew Carl P. who now who is now working with a new Federal Agency on development of Alternative Energy.- Alex P. Palm Desert, CA

Congratulations! How wonderful for you to get this recognition. - Gloria K., Soledad, CA

Congratulations on the new exhibit of your work from IWY! I so wish I
could come out to DC for this. I know it is going to be a great show....
I did hear about the National Women's History Museum. What a great
initiative, and so long overdue.Take care, Linda Garcia Merchant

Best wishes
for the exhibit. Best regards, Ken W., Michigan State University

Wonderfully exciting news! I congratulate you on your persistence, and I know it will be a grand success.- Emilie D., Boston, MA

WOW. What wonderful news. Hope to make it to the exhibit.Julie F., NY NY

I have sent in my RSVP since this is so close I have to get there. This will give me a chance to meet you.- George B., Washington, DC.

NOTE: DMH regrets she will not be at the opening.

Wow. I would love to be able to make this event. What an honor for you- you deserve it! - Jane B., Monterey, CA

This is wonderful!!!!! I will definitely go to see this.
Unfortunately I cannot attend the opening and I am very sad about
that! I will forward this to all of my friends. _ Tami E., DC area

Wow! This is exciting. Sure wish we lived nearby to participate. Hope all is well with you. Best regards from deep in the heart of Texas! - Howard F.

One of these days, I will make it to one of your exhibits! I will let folks in my DC office know about it. - Rita B., Seattle

Dear Diana Mara Henry,
I am so glad that you are having a well deserved life in photography exhibition. You deserve to be honored for your work.
Best wishes,
Lilly R., NY NY

Lovely lady,
Thank you for sharing,
hug, Micha Bar-Am, Ramat-Gan, Israel

What an achievement! Thanks for helping keep history alive.
Best wishes,

Andrea Johnston, President and Co-Founder
Girls Speak Out® Worldwide

It’s very nice to hear from you. I get to Washington quite a bit for work (actually am going down tomorrow) and would love to see this exhibit. I hope all is well. I am doing well. Just started a different job at J&J in our neuroscience R&D area doing communications.

Congratulations on this show Diana! Wish I could be there. I was a fellow for a year at the WWICS. It’s a wonderful place and a great venue for your show. - Cambridge, MA

Congratulations – how exciting to have this exhibit. Thanks for letting me know.
Dyan W. Director, Community Development, [Foundation] West Springfield, MA

Congratulations on the opening, Diana! I’ll be there in spirit.

Your webpage devoted to the FNWC is terrific.

All best,
Maria A., Senior Editor
[University Press]Cambridge, MA

There is absolutely fantastic stuff there. You were really at the center of a lot of incredible action! I loved the women workers collection, too. I think there is a book here that could contain narrative, your photos, and documents fragments like you have in the women workers collection.

Thanks for sharing your work (and allowing me to publish it).
Jefferson Cowie

Congrats on both of these--I know how hard you've worked on the women's movement photos. Good to see them getting some attention. The book cover looks good, too. Hurray! Chuck, Professor, UConn

This is so incredible and I'm so happy for you. Warm best, Patricia
Boston Globe correspondent

Your pictures of the women’s movement brought back memories, Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug, and all the others who laid the groundwork and have been all but forgotten. I admire that you have memorialized them in pictures. It took me back and I loved it. Barbara R., President [Translation and Interpreting Services] MA

Thank you
It is great to be a part of history

We can all be proud that we "showed up" when our society needed us.

Your exhibit helps us all show up again....

Ed Murphy, Ballston Spa, NY

How exciting!! I like your invitation. You'll have to let me know how it goes. Wish I could attend the opening.
Amy F, [Professor of History, Mid-Western Community College]

This is so incredible! Congratulations!!! I'm so happy to hear you are getting some of the recognition you deserve for your amazing career!! I'm not sure I'll be able to make it down to DC as I've just started a 2nd job that takes up every spare minute of my time on the weekends, but my sister lives in DC, so I'm going to forward this to her right away. Congratulations again!!!!- Hannah W., NY, NY

Oh, Diana, this is so great! Thanks so much for sending this announcement. How wonderful for the Wilson Center to have a show of your Houston photos. I just wish I could get there before May 27, but probably can't. I love the flyer with your photo ID. Enjoy every minute of the opening. I'll be thinking of you.
Warmly, Kitty

Congratulations on the show! I wish I could make it to DC.

Kristi Adams
From The Ground Up



In observance of National Women's History Month, March 2011, as part of their Diversity Education Series programs, the FDIC's Design and Printing Department is making a 3' X 6' banner to use the photograph that appears in the poster of the National Women's History Project.The FDIC is displaying 3' x6' banners in the following locations: one banner at FDIC Headquarters Building--550 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20429, one banner at 1776 F Street, Washington, D.C. 20006, and at the Virginia Square complex, one banner each in Buildings A, D, and E--3501 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22226.

From the online Exhibit at the Jewish Women's Archive:

Diana Mara Henry's coverage of the Women's Pentagon Action also appears on their page for This Week in History November 17, 1980 and her photo is on the logo for that series,as well as her birthplace, "On the Map"and 14 photographs for their Bella Abzug online exhibit

The 2011 Women's History poster from the National Women's History Project features Diana MAra Henry's photograph....and, going back 6 years and 21 years with them:

National Women's History Project's Women Change America Conference
September 10 - 11, 2004, Smith College, Northampton, MA

Renowned historians and acclaimed authors will keynote the National Women's History Project's Women Change America Conference on September 10-11, 2004, at Smith College in Northampton, MA.

Gail Collins, New York Times editor and best-selling author of America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines, and A'Lelia Bundles, author of On Her Own Ground, the first full-scale, definitive biography of Madam C. J. Walker will be joined by singer and songwriter, Holly Near, and such honored guests as Gerda Lerner, one of the foremost pioneers in the field of women's history. Diana Mara Henry of Springfield, one of the women’s movement’s official photographers, will present her photographs in exhibit and autobiographical slide show.

Diana Mara Henry presents a cook’s tour of her 27-year career in photography, much of which has been dedicated to “making women’s history visible.” Included are images of everyday life of 20th century women in the US and around the world, gender, male-female and women-to-women relationships, beauty for sale and inner beauty, love and compassion and her most well-known subject, the First National Women’s Conference and women leaders and celebrities of the 70’s and 80’s. She will answer questions about how she both sustained and limited her work to those topics that most inspired her.

In 1990, Mary Ruthsdotter, then Projects Director and one of the founders of NWHP wrote to Diana Mara Henry on their use of her photographs in their video: "Without your commitment to photographing the work of the women's movement, the historic record would be spotty indeed. We're grateful to you for your significant contribution to our shared history as women, and for sharing the results of your work with our project." The acknowledgements of the Discussion Guide for the NWHP video,"Women in American LIfe: Part 5: 1955-1977: New Attitudes Force Dramatic Change" the quote is: "We also wish to acknowledge the monumental work of photographers Bettye Lane and Diana Mara Henry, whose dedication to documenting the issues and events of the women's movement throughout the 60's and 70's, created the visual record of this important part of women's history."

Email or call us at 413-736-6414 to book this perennially inspiring exhibit for your location now!

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