Continued Timeline

Excerpts of Presentation by Kathy Silks – National Civil War Museum, 09/24/2011
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    • Began sponsoring an annual Harrisburg Allied Arts Festival, featuring the Harrisburg Choral Society, The Civic Ballet, the Harrisburg Community Theatre, and the Harrisburg Symphony
    • Conducted a survey on the high school dropout rate in nine area schools (lowest: Camp Hill; highest: Harrisburg)
    •  Branch’s higher Education Committee developed AAUW Roundtable, four half-hour panel discussions on WHP-TV, highlighting significant aspects of higher education across PA (distributed nationally through the Association office)
    • Co-sponsored one-day Educational Institute to assess the local need for a community college
    • Co-sponsored Harrisburg area library workshops and surveys to establish East and West Shore libraries
    • Co-sponsored first Women’s Legislative Conference
    • Branch luncheon featured Barbara Walters as speaker


    • Established student loan funds at Messiah College, University Center, and Penn State’s Capital Campus and a full-tuition scholarship at HACC
    • Grant to HACC’s Community Resources Institute for communications courses open to the public
    • Established AAUW Poetry Award, part of the annual Scholastic Writing Contest
    • Sponsored Windows on the World, weekly radio series on WMSP-FM presenting interviews by branch members on Current community concerns
    • Co-sponsored Public Policy and Working Women Conference
    • First annual branch bridge tournament to benefit the Fellowship-Scholarship Fund


    • Co-sponsored publication of Harrisburg: A Walk Through History, a self-guided walking tour
    • Published Silhouettes, a study of famous women in Harrisburg’s history
    • Sponsored Private Space: The Personal Diaries of Women, a series on WITF-FM
    • Conducted a phone survey for Dauphin County Library System assessing local government officials’ understanding of library services
    • Established $25,000 60th anniversary Research and Projects Endowment
    • 65th anniversary – worked with coalition of women’s groups to celebrate Women in History month


    • Sponsored Equity in Education roundtable discussion between business and education
    • Began giving Gender Equity Model presentations to schools and community organizations
    • Involved in PA Network for Change, a voter education program
    • 70th anniversary – established Martha M. Dohner Memorial Scholarship
    • 75th anniversary – A Celebration of Diversity


    • Community outreach work with YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, including creation of the Betty Sullivan Memorial Library
    • Co-sponsored (with York Branch) readings from Profiles of Women Past and Present
    • Branch talent show:  Making Herstory
    • 85th anniversary: Gateway to the Future

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