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Upcoming Events

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Film Screening and Discussion: Nevertheless

Celebrate International Women’s Day with our partners – the Evanston Women’s History Project and Piven Theater – with a screening of the film Nevertheless followed by a Q&A discussion with Director, Sarah Moshman, EWHP Director Lori Osborne, and mother and daughter, Juliet and Lilly Bond, who are featured in the film. The screening and discussion will take place online on Sunday March 7th, from 2-3:30 pm.

Taking a look behind the headlines of #MeToo and Time’s Up, NEVERTHELESS follows the intimate stories of 7 individuals who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace or school context. From a writer’s assistant on a top TV show to a Tech CEO and 911 dispatcher, the film shines a light on the ways in which we can shift our culture and rebuild. 

Director Sarah Moshman grew up in Evanston, and the story of Lily and Juliet Bond highlights an issue that took place at Haven Middle School in Evanston.

Register and show your support at this link.


Influences of a Self-Made Woman – featuring the early journals of Frances Willard

Our newest online exhibit by CWHL summer 2020 remote intern Hannah Lahti provides the foundational story for Willard’s groundbreaking work as a social reformer through examining her early influences as revealed in her journals. Visit – https://franceswillardhouse.omeka.net/exhibits to see the new exhibit and explore more.


COVID-19 Update

The Frances Willard House Museum and WCTU Archives will be closed for tours and onsite programs for the foreseeable future. Our programs are taking place online – sign up for our email newsletter or follow us on social media to stay in touch.

The WCTU Archives is open by appointment only. Visit this page for details on doing research at this time.


Suffrage Sunday Videos!

This past August, the Willard House and WCTU Archives released a series of short videos on our YouTube Channel (link below) featuring different collections items related to the fight for women’s suffrage in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. “Suffrage Sundays” videos provide a glimpse into the ways that the suffrage and temperance movements were connected areas of women’s leadership.


Truth Telling: Frances Willard and Ida B. Wells

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An Award Winning Community History Project of the Frances Willard House Museum and Archives

In the 1890s, Woman’s Christian Temperance Union President Frances Willard and journalist and activist Ida B. Wells fought a war of words in the international press over Willard’s lack of public support for Wells’ anti-lynching campaign. Wells called Willard’s moral leadership into question and demanded that Willard and the WCTU join her anti-lynching campaign. Under Willard’s leadership, the WCTU eventually passed resolutions opposing lynching, but Willard’s language and actions complicate her legacy.

Truth Telling: Frances Willard and Ida B. Wells is a community history project that explores this conflict. The project includes a digital exhibit of original archival sources, community conversations, and public programs. The goal of the project is to uncover the full truth of the conflict, and explore its many meanings and ramifications for our world today. 

To visit the website, click here.

In 2020, the Truth Telling project received Honorable Mention for Outstanding Public History Project from the National Council on Public History. To view the online award ceremony video click below.

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