"For most of history, Anonymous was a woman." — Virginia Woolf
But no more.
History in Skirts exists to inspire West Virginia students with stories of legendary women in history who changed the world—in big ways and small.
With a special emphasis on women’s own written narratives, we provide living history introductory interpretations to classrooms, special events, and meet and greets.
We also provide educational art and lessons to encourage children to develop their own voice. Our presentations aren’t just for girls—all children need to know and honor the women who came before.
“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”
~William Ross Wallace
Preserve your memories, keep them well, what you forget you can never retell.” ― Louisa May Alcott
Hello! I’m Rachel, and it’s so lovely to meet you here at this moment in history.
From the time as a young girl I spent playing with American Girl dolls, to my years spent acting in high school and early college, to my time as a Journalism/English teacher—I‘ve always loved history!
My parents nutured that love by taking me on many historical road trips to visit Gettysburg, Plymouth, Williamsburg, and more. Now, as a mom, I love sharing about the lives of historical figures with my own children.
There are many children in the state of West Virginia who don’t share those opportunities. They don’t have the privledge to learn about history outside of a textbook, to see the sites, feel the silks, immerse themselves in the past with all its glories and see the pain of its mistakes.
For many centuries, children didn’t learn about women before them. Now, we have the opportunity to show girls women just like them lived extraordianry lives. We can show boys women like their mothers and sisters and friends are capable of greatness and need support.
My goal is to showcase the legency of women—mothers, doctors, scientists, writers, preachers, teachers. Together, let’s teach our children history wore skirts.