The Hankey Center, named in honor of Joan Hankey, USN (retired) ’59, and her family, was dedicated on June 7, 2003, to house the C. Elizabeth Boyd ’33 Archives and the Barron Blewett Hunnicutt Classics Gallery.

The Hankey Center for the History of Women’s Education serves as the central resource on the history of Wilson College through the rich repository of materials and artifacts contained in the C. Elizabeth Boyd ’33 Archives. We provide support for academic programs by making the Center’s staff and resources available to the Wilson community, as well as to scholars, independent researchers and educators in the broader community.

Research Focus

  • The history of women’s education in terms of access, curriculum, pedagogy, fields of study, and purpose; how women’s education has evolved over time.
  • Women’s leadership, women’s role in the workforce, work/life balance, women’s role in religion and social justice movements, and women’s roles in various fields such as education, government, medicine, religion, business, science, and law.
  • The role and influence of Wilson women compared with national trends across time and space, with emphasis on the era of the operation of the college.
  • Contemporary women’s issues including feminism, women’s studies, cultural, educational, and political topics.
  • Digital technologies for creating and sharing new scholarship on women’s history, education and culture.

Education and Curriculum

  • Curriculum for students
    • History of the college
    • Incorporating alumnae narratives into women’s studies, history and sociology coursework
    • Use of new technology for analyzing historical data and presenting digital exhibits
  • Curriculum for teachers
    • Use of new technology for analyzing historical data and presenting digital exhibits
    • Women’s history curriculum using primary documents
    • Encouraging girls in math and science
  • Internships available for Wilson and non-Wilson students related to women’s history and archives management
  • Information and resources on women-centered pedagogy


  • Women’s History Month programming, guest speakers, and
  • Women’s History High School Essay Contest
  • Hankey Center Exhibits focused on the history of women’s education
  • Guest speaker on women’s issues for historical societies, community organizations, women’s conferences
  • Hankey Center YouTube Channel featuring short documentaries on the history of the college
  • Women’s History blog


Amy Ensley
Amy Ensley, M.S.
Director of the Hankey Center
(717) 262-2562


Kieran McGhee
Kieran McGhee, M.S., M.A.
College Archivist
(717) 262-2049



Hours and Location

The reading room of the C. Elizabeth Boyd '33 Archives and the Wilson Archival Collections are open for research use Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment. It is suggested that all visitors call or email in advance to be certain that staff is available.  Please contact us at or 717-262-2049 to set up a research appointment.

Closed all campus holidays.

The Hankey Center is located on the north end of campus along Rt. 11. See Campus Map for location and directions.