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Archives Object – Lizzie Borden Letter

Discovered in the Frances Willard Papers in the Willard Archives on Halloween by a visiting researcher—who was looking for something else entirely– this note was written to Frances Willard by Lizzie Borden (yes, the Lizzie Borden who was accused of murdering her father and step-mother with an axe). The note, sent from Fall River, Mass., […]

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Map--One of 8,800 produced in 1938 for the 1939 Centenary of Frances Willard's birth

Scarf? Handkerchief? Treasure Map!

  The story of the Willard Centenary Souvenir Map One of our favorite artifacts is this 36”x26” rectangle of cream-colored cotton, printed in brown with a map of the United States as of 1938. If you look closely, you can see that most of the states contain one or several dots. Each one indicates the […]

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My very first blog post

September 2015 marks the 5th year anniversary of my involvement with the FWHA, the Willard House Museum and Archives, the WCTU, and the story of the most amazing historical figure I’ve ever known, Frances Willard. I knew little about Willard or the Museum, even though I was an undergraduate student at Northwestern University (biology and […]

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