The theme for this year is “Generations of Women Moving History Forward”, and Ms. Irvine is being honored as the Founding President of the Alice Paul Centennial Foundation (now the Alice Paul Institute). The organization was founded in 1984 to recognize the centennial of suffragist Alice Paul’s birth.
In serving 16 years as board president, Ms. Irvine first helped the organization raise funds to save a collection of Paul’s personal papers and effects. Given the opportunity to purchase Alice Paul’s family estate, Paulsdale, Ms. Irvine took the lead in raising $1.8 million to purchase and rehabilitate the six-acre property.
Her leadership role and experience with the Foundation and Paulsdale encouraged Ms. Irvine to become a national advocate for identifying and saving historic sites associated with women and significant events in women’s history. She chaired the first national conference on women’s historic sites in 1994 and helped found the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites in 1999.
On behalf of the entire New Jersey Historic Trust Board of Trustees, Chair Carolann Clynes congratulates Ms. Irvine on receiving this national recognition.
For more information about the National Women's History Project, visit: www.nwhp.org