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Women’s History Museum Seeks Local Insight into Re-envisioning Process

The Women's Museum Gathering Hall

The Women's Museum Gathering Hall

The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future announces today it is beginning a new phase in its mission to promote women and girls, focusing on the Institute for the Future division of the organization. The Museum will begin a process called Imagine the Possibilities, seeking community input to guide its future plans. The goal is to continue providing insightful and needed experiences for women and girls that complement, not duplicate, activities of other women’s organizations. Part of this new phase will be closing the existing facility after October 31, 2011. Following the re-creation process, the organization will announce Phase Two of its organization.

Through the past decade, The Women’s Museum has been honored to provide impactful, educational programs for women and girls within the DFW Metroplex, and throughout the nation. With the support of the City of Dallas and located in the City’s beautiful art deco facility in Fair Park, the Museum has provided Dallas citizen’s access to the history of women in America in an interactive and engaging format.

“The Women’s Museum could not have honored and recognized the accomplishments of women without assistance from its supporters,” said Liz Minyard, president of the board of directors at The Women’s Museum. “We are particularly thankful for the large Dallas corporate sponsors and so many foundations and individuals – including the numerous founding donors. We are now eager to explore the possibilities of the refocused organization. After extensive community input, we look forward to continuing to have a direct impact in the lives of women and girls in the future.”

More than a dozen years ago, a group of Texas women dedicated themselves to helping women reach their full potential. They set out open a space to would honor the accomplishments of women throughout our nation, and inspire future women and girls as well. In 2000, their dream became a reality with the founding of The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future, the nation’s first national women history museum and affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

Over 1.5 million people have visited the Museum since the opening the doors in Fair Park, September 29, 2000. Programs, including Texas Girls’ State Fair and Summer Enrichment Camps, have provided the needed inspiration for girls in the Dallas area; and, exhibits, including First Ladies and Annie Leibovitz:Women, bought national-acclaimed exhibits to North Texas audiences.

In honor of our supporters, The Women’s Museum is offering FREE admission October 25 – 30, during normal operating hours.

The Women’s Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, is the nation’s only comprehensive women’s history museum that chronicles the lives of American women through interactive exhibits. The Women’s Museum is supported, in part, by the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m. (closed Mondays). For more information, please visit www.thewomensmuseum.org.

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