Who we are

Frances Willard House Museum & Archives

The Center for Women’s History and Leadership is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that manages the Frances Willard House Museum, and the Frances Willard Memorial Library and Archives. Our mission is to inspire and encourage everyone to exercise civic leadership as Frances Willard’s lasting legacy. Your donations are tax-deductible.

Mission of the FWHM

The Frances Willard House Museum preserves and interprets the Willard House and its historic collections to promote vibrant discussion of Willard’s life and her work on behalf of women, temperance and human rights. Educational uses of the Frances Willard House Museum, its grounds, and the Frances E. Willard Memorial Library and WCTU Archives benefit a local and global community of visitors, educators, and scholars.

Museum Council

  • Vickie Burke – Chair
  • Kathy Bell
  • Juliet Bond
  • Elizabeth Fraterrigo
  • Bonnie Wilson

Museum and Archives Staff

  • Lori Osborne – Museum Director
  • Cate LiaBraaten – Manager of Museum Operations
  • Emilie Hogan – Director, Advocacy and Community Engagement
  • Alice Burton – Director, Social Media and Visitor Services
  • Janet Olson- Archivist

Community Partners

Frances Willard, Alpha Phi national president 1888

Frances Willard, Alpha Phi national president 1888

  • Alpha Phi Foundation
  • Evanston History Center
  • Evanston Women’s History Project
  • First United Methodist Church
  • League of Women Voters Evanston
  • Shorefront Legacy Center
  • Woman’s Club of Evanston
  • YWCA Evanston/North Shore


See our list of major supporters and grantors over the past 3 years.

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