MARIAN HOUSE AT THE WOMEN’S INDUSTRIAL EXCHANGE WILL BECOME THE NEW HOME OF THE MARYLAND WOMEN’S HERITAGE CENTER

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November 20, 2020 (Baltimore) Marian House has agreed to lease the 1,000 sq. ft. storefront space of the Women’s Industrial Exchange Building at 333 North Charles Street to the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center.  The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center (MWHC) was established to preserve the past, understand the present, and shape the future by recognizing, respecting, and transmitting the experiences and contributions of Maryland women of diverse backgrounds and from all regions of the state. 

According to Katie Allston, executive director of Marian House, “This is what we have had in mind since we acquired this significant property; having such an important women’s organization as our first significant tenant will kick-start our plans for Marian House at the Women’s Industrial Exchange to become a women-oriented center for downtown Baltimore.”

MWHC has been searching for a new location to operate its programs and house their continuing and changing exhibits about individuals, organizations, events, and special topics related to Maryland women. Other complementary uses may include a place to convene meetings and conferences; an interactive, state-of-the-art student learning center; a resource and reference library; and a women’s history archive. Amenities will include displays of arts and crafts; dramatic, musical, and dance performances by or about Maryland women and girls; dialogues and seminars on women’s issues; space for special events and receptions; and a gift shop with art, literature and unique gifts by Maryland women. 

“MWHC is thrilled to have a new home with such a deep and rich history in the community.  It is a natural fit for our organization to begin a new chapter at the historic building at this time”, said Diana Bailey, Executive Director of MWHC.  “Our plan is to occupy the space in early December with hopes of a soft opening early in 2021. We will build up to a March Women’s History Month event(s), depending on COVID-19 restrictions,” Bailey stated.

The Women’s Industrial Exchange asked Marian House to take over its building and assets in June 2020, after making the difficult decision to cease operations at its historic 333 North Charles Street location.

For further information about the new partnership between Marian House and the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center,  contact Beth Myers-Edwards, advancement@marianhouse.org, 410-467-4246 or for MWHC contact Diana M. Bailey, mwhcdiana@gmail.com, 443-996-1788.

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Marian House is a holistic, healing community for women and their children who are in need of housing and support services.  We provide a safe, sober, loving environment that challenges women to respect and love themselves, confront emotional and socio-economic barriers, and transition to stable and independent lives.  Located in the Better Waverly neighborhood of Baltimore City, Marian House provides transitional and permanent housing to women and children in need, primarily in the Better Waverly and Pen Lucy communities.

The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center (MWHC), a 501(c) (3) non-profit, non-partisan organization, was established to preserve the past, understand the present, and shape the future by recognizing, respecting, and transforming the experiences and contributions of Maryland women of diverse backgrounds and from all regions of the state. The Center is an out- growth of the Maryland Women’s History Project that began in 1980 as a collaborative venture between the Maryland Commission for Women and the Maryland State Department of Education.

The MWHC’s goal is to ” add HERstory to history to tell OURstory”.