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    Visionary Feminist

    Social Justice Advocate

    Political Activist

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Re-opening of the Museum!

We have completed restoration of four rooms in Willard House and have revamped several museum rooms to tell a broader story of the history of Frances Willard, the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, and their astounding work advocating for women’s rights and social justice. We think you will be surprised by the contemporary relevance of their work and hope you will come to visit soon.

The museum will be fully reopened in March, 2017. Tours will take place every Sunday (March – December). Tour hours are from 1-4 pm and tours take place at 1, 2 and 3 pm.

Please note: We will not be open Easter Sunday, April 16.

Special tours are also available by appointment. Please email tours@franceswillardhouse.org for more information about tours or to schedule a special tour.

Featured Collections Object

This music box was given to Frances Willard as a memorial gift after Mother Willard passed away in 1892.  It was made in Geneva, Switzerland and has a “double mandoline effect”.  It was given to Willard in 1894 by Countess Somers, the mother of Willard’s close friend and British counterpart Lady Henry Somerset. Knowing that Willard thought of purchasing a small music box Countess Somers told her that she would like to give her a music box and she told her that she might select the music it should play. Willard at once said “I had not thought that such a thing were possible but if I can have just exactly the music I would most prize in a music box it would be the six hymns that Mother loved the best.” The list was furnished for the manufacturers as it appears in the music box, but when Lady Henry arranged the music she did not recollect that the English tune for “Nearer My God to Thee” is different from the American tune for that hymn, hence the one on the list is unfamiliar to most Americans.

You can listen to a recording of the music box by clicking on the Play button below.


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