It’s Women’s History Month – and in addition to wearing purple, you can honor some of these movers and shakers by visiting a few of the heritage sites listed below. Why wear purple, you ask? Internationally, purple is the color symbolizing women. We’ve got a short list here and you can choose to visit some in March or others whenever you’re camping nearby!
First Ladies National Historic Site (Canton, Ohio) – You know what they say about “behind every great man,” and in the case of our First Ladies, they stood behind their husbands as they took on the most important task in the world – running our country. Although the site includes the home of Ida Saxon McKinley, wife of 25th President James McKinley, it was established in 2000 to commemorate all the First Ladies. In addition to the historic home, the site includes the Education Center which features rotating exhibits and other historic artifacts relating to our First Ladies.
Hermitage Hotel/Tennessee Women’s Suffrage Monument (Nashville, Tennessee) – Designated as a National Historic Landmark, the Hermitage Hotel was the headquarters for both the pro- and anti-suffrage groups in 1920 during the weeks leading up to the Tennessee legislature’s vote on the 19th Amendment. Tennessee’s vote was integral to the passage of the Amendment, as 35 of the 36 states had already voted in favor. On August 18, 1920, the legislature voted in favor and women gained the right to vote. Also in Nashville is the Tennessee Women’s Suffrage Monument which commemorates the efforts of the suffragists who worked tirelessly in favor of the Amendment. The monument can be found at Nashville’s Centennial Park near downtown Nashville.
Book a stay at Natchez Trace RV Campground when visiting Nashville’s sites, and choose from RV sites, cabins, a lodge, or a tiny house rental.
Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front (Richmond, California) – While she may have been based on a real woman who worked as a riveter at an aircraft factory in Michigan, the character of Rosie the Riveter came to represent the efforts of all the women who worked in the defense industries during World War II. The Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front is a National Historic Park that pays homage to all stateside civilians’ efforts to help win the war. Educational and interactive exhibits provide visitors an inside look to the history of these efforts. Visit www.nps.gov/rori for more information.
Book an RV site at San Francisco RV Resort when visiting the Rosie the Riveter site.
National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Museum: According to their website, the museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring the women of the West. Located in Fort Worth, Texas, the museum has archival footage as well as artifacts from these trailblazing women. Hall of Fame inductees include Sacagawea, Annie Oakley, Dale Evans, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. For information visit cowgirl.net.
Stay with us at Bay Landing in nearby Bridgeport while you explore the Cowgirl Museum.
Various sites (Washington, DC) – Several sites in our nation’s capital honor the contribution of women in our history. Those sites include the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, honoring the lives of women lost in the war, many of whom were nurses; the Woman Suffrage Statue featuring the busts of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucretia Mott; the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument which was purchased by the National Woman’s Party in 1929 and now houses the party’s archives.
Book a stay at Williamsburg RV Campground when visiting these sites.
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