Hit Up History with a New Museum
To the sprightly, upbeat salute of a six-piece brass band, American women writers turn a new page Monday, Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the 1275 K Street, NW, grand opening of the nation's first museum honoring American women writers, both historical and contemporary.
Roberta Shaffer, associate librarian for library services at the Library of Congress, will keynote, reading from favorite American women writers. The loved-by-everybody Salvation Army brass ensemble will entertain. "Women purchase 70 percent of books sold in America. Audiences for literary events are predominantly female, as are the fields of librarians and literary agents. Yet until now, no national venue existed to showcase our writers such as Abigail Adams, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Harper Lee, Eudora Welty, to name just a few talents," AWWNM founder Janice Law said. Networking support, while scouting a high visibility, affordable rent, downtown location, took Law almost a year. Using her monthly Social Security check plus savings as ballast, Law rented the startup, shared, storefront space, with entrance on 13th St NW as a temporary perch. For initial "stuff" at the Feb. 13 grand opening, Law purchased children's art from San Jose Clinic, a long-time Houston institution sponsored by the Charity Guild of Catholic Women. For more information go to AmericanWomenWritersNationalMuseum.org