Halls of Fame Honoring Women
No matter what you love in life, you can find a hall of fame for it—from baseball and rock ‘n’ roll to barbershop quartets, duckpin bowling, and hamburgers (yes, hamburgers!). At NYCitywoman.com we have a special feeling for halls that honor women who’ve lived purposeful, committed lives, and we think many of you are on the same page.
Once extremely rare, there are now halls honoring female athletes in golf, tennis (Billie Jean King, left), diving, basketball, and other sports; entrepreneurs, and activists. Here’s a look at just a few of the neat places where women of passion are set on a pedestal. Pay a visit this fall!
National Women’s Hall of Fame: Located in Seneca Falls, New York, the hall is a shrine to some of the greatest women in American history. Inductees include Coretta Scott King (right), Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Helen Hayes, Edith Wharton, Dorothea Dix (who championed the cause of the mentally ill), and the abolitionist Sojourner Truth. Open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission: $3 for adults, $1.50 for students/seniors (65+), $7 family rate, free for children under five. Phone 315-568-8060 or visit www.greatwomen.org.
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame: Visiting Texas? Fort Worth’s National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is unique in honoring and women who exemplified the pioneer spirit of the American West. Don’t let the name fool you. The nearly 200 honorees include not only cowgirls and ranch women, but teachers, entertainers, writers, and artists (including Georgia O’Keeffe). Open Mondays through Saturdays (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Sundays (noon to 5 p.m.). Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (60+), $8 for children 3-12, free for children under two. Call 817-336-4475 or visit www.cowgirl.net.
National Teachers Hall of Fame: Remember your favorite teacher? The National Teachers Hall of Fame, located in Emporia, Kansas, houses a gallery of venerable educators, miniatures ofclassrooms through the centuries, and an antique book collection. (All that and a gift shop!) To honor a teacher (male or female) who shaped your own life, visit their “Wall of Fame” and post your fond memories. Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 800-96-TEACH or 620-341-5660, or visit www.nthf.org.
The Quilters Hall of Fame: In Marion, Indiana, you’ll find this unique museum and archive of America's quilt-making heritage—housed in the Historic Landmark home of Marie Webster, who was to quilt-making what Babe Ruth was to baseball. The museum is open Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 2012 honoree is Eleanor Burns, author of the Quilt in a Day books (you may have seen her on TV). Admission: $4 for adults, $3 for seniors (65+) and students, $1 for children 6-12, free for children under 6. Call 765-664-9333 or visit www.quiltershalloffame.net.
The Nutley (NJ) Hall of Fame: While this isn’t strictly a women’s hall of fame, its inaugural crop of inductees (back in 2003) grabbed our attention. Along with Annie Oakley (you thought she was from Texas?) and eight other townsfolk, the hall inducted none other than Martha Stewart, who was raised in Nutley. The hall wrote that she has “influenced the American home more than any other woman in living memory.” Guess the New Jersey Hall of Fame must agree. Martha was recently inducted into its “Class of 2011.” Visit the Nutley Hall of Fame at www.oldnutley.org/hall.
Rona Cherry has written about health and wellness for The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Ladies’ Home Journal, Vegetarian Times, and many other publications. She was the editor-in-chief of several national magazines, including Fitness and Longevity. She is currently an editorial consultant with regional publications and nonprofits.