8th Grade Social Studies Club from Nichols Middle School

We are pleased to offer various resources to students and teachers who are interested in Frances Willard, and 19th century history and the Progressive Era. These materials are generally for students from elementary school through college. If you are a doctoral student, post-doc, author, researcher, or History Fair participant, please see the Research section.


This includes links to general interest sites about Frances Willard, including an online exhibit, an excerpt from a documentary by Ken Burns and the Evanston Women’s History Project.

Curriculum Packet

The Frances Willard House is pleased to offer a curriculum packet for late elementary – grades 4 & 5 – for your use. The packet has six lesson activities that cover Illinois Learning Standards 1, 3, 4, 5, 13, 14, 17, & 18.  Each lesson activity can be done independently or as a series.

Learning Resource Guide

Featuring many materials that are found only in the Frances Willard Memorial Library and Archives, this resource guide provides readers with an assortment of primary source materials on the life of Frances Willard, her involvement within the local community, and the evolution of women’s roles within the context of a changing America in the late nineteenth century. Through this “virtual” archive, you can engage in independent exploration, and form your own interpretation of Willard and the issues she championed.

Designed for students and teachers, this guide includes several downloadable PDF files.

Reading List

This is only a small sampling of the many sources that you could read regarding Frances Willard, and the larger issues of her time (note: sources listed are appropriate reading level for high school age and older).

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