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Women in History at Historic Hotels
Women in History at Historic Hotels

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Women in History at
Historic Hotels
Women have made significant strides in American history and many have ties to Historic Hotels. Here are a few hotels and the women who have left an imprint on their history.
The Hermitage Hotel (1910)
Nashville, Tennessee
Just a block from the state Capitol, both Pro- and Anti-Suffrage groups headquartered at the Hermitage Hotel for six weeks leading up to the final vote to ratify the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote.
The Willard InterContinental, Washington, DC (1818)
Washington, DC
Julia Ward Howe penned the immortal words of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" in her guestroom at The Willard.
The Redbury New York (1903)
New York, New York
This historic hotel originally opened in 1903 as the first hotel in New York City for single, professional women. At that time, it was a haven in the city for progressive women.
La Fonda on the Plaza (1922)
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter earned a full-time job in 1910 as the principal architect at La Fonda. Her thoughtful design choices and romantic ideals are in evidence throughout the present-day hotel. She went on to design other notable hotels including El Tovar Hotel, Phantom Ranch, and Bright Angel Lodge in the Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.
JW Marriott Essex House New York (1931)
New York, New York
Lily Pons, French-American was leading coloratura soprano at the Paris Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, and at the Metropolitan Opera for more than 25 years. She lived at the Essex House in the 60s. Miss. Pons was known to keep a pet jaguar in the hotel, letting it roam loose in her quarters.
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Join the National Trust in commemorating women and the places where they ma de history.
Members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
and Friends of Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide
off Best Available Rate at participating hotels.
Book by phone: +1 800 678 8946
*Book A Night and Receive a Free 1-Year Family Membership. An unforgettable travel experience with Historic Hotels of America has never been easier or more fun. Travelers who book their hotel accommodations on our new website will receive a complimentary one-year family membership (a $30 value) to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation/Friends of Historic Hotels of America (NHP) rate is offered at participating hotels and subject to availability. Members from the approved affiliated organizations booking the Friends of the Historic Hotels of America rate should be prepared to show a valid membership card or provide the valid membership number from your affiliated organization PLUS a photo ID. Only advance reservations made through,, or through the Historic Hotels of America call center with the booking code NHP are eligible. Discounts are not applicable for existing reservations, reservations made directly with the hotel, or reservations made via any other booking channel or OTA. Other restrictions may apply.
*One family membership per household, non-transferable, no cash value, and no refunds. Benefits are subject to availability and advance reservation. The National Trust for Historic Preservation discounts are available at participating hotels for new bookings made after the initial booking and membership are confirmed and processed. Bookings must be made on or . This promotion expires December 31, 2020 and is limited to new members of The National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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