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Re-opening of the Museum!

The Frances Willard House will be open for special public tours on Tuesday, December 27 and Thursday, December 29 to celebrate the completion of the restoration project. Tours will be held on the hour between 1 – 4 pm. We chose this week to re-open as the Willard family originally moved into Rest Cottage between Christmas and New Year’s Day in 1865.

The museum will be fully reopened in March and will be open every Sunday starting March 5th. Tour hours are from 1-4 pm and tours take place at 1, 2 and 3 pm.

Private group tours (8 or more) will be available beginning December 26, 2016. Please email us at tours@franceswillardhouse.org to set up a private tour.

We look forward to seeing you here so you can see the four newly restored rooms in Rest Cottage and the revised layout of our other Museum rooms and refreshed 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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