Educational Resources

For Teachers

The Frances Willard House Museum 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. The packet contains all six lesson actives with supplemental class work material and a CD with digital copies of the lesson activities.

The titles of the activities in alphabetical order:

  •  A Wheel Within a Wheel – Bicycles and Women’s Suffrage
  • Calculating Perimeter and Area using Architectural Drawings of Rest Cottage
  • “Do Everything” and Child Labor
  • Evanston Maps – Then and Now
  • Historical Markers – Writing About History Using Houses
  • Two Wheels for Change – Bicycle Technology and Changing America

If you are interested getting a copy of the curriculum packet, contact us at

For Students and Teachers


Online Exhibit at Northwestern University
“Radical Woman in a Classic Town: Frances Willard of Evanston” was created by the Northwestern University Archives as a Main Library exhibit in the Northwestern University Library. It filled eight display cases and was in place from January 18-April 16, 2010.

This virtual exhibit seeks to replicate the experience of viewing the “Radical Woman in a Classic Town” exhibit by reproducing images of all the photographs, documents, and artifacts used in the exhibit, matched with all the descriptive captions. Many of the materials featured were made available by the Frances Willard House Museum, and Memorial Archives.

Exhibit Curator: Janet Olson, Virtual Exhibit Curator: Yvonne Spura

Learning Resource Guide (designed for students and teachers)

Featuring many materials that are found only in the Frances E. Willard Memorial Library and WCTU 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.

Please note: This 99-paged resource guide was produced as a result of a course project for DePaul University undergraduates in HST 391, “Local and Community History.” The CWHL is grateful to Chad Beckman, John Gentry, Wyatt Ramsey, and Courtney Wilson for their efforts, and is pleased to present their work here.

Click below to download each section of the Resource Guide as a separate pdf document:

1.  Early life
2.  Work with WCTU, part I
3.  Work with WCTU, part II
4.  Later life and Virtual Tour of Willard House
5.  Bibliography

Suggested Citation:
Center for Women’s History and Leadership, History Fair Resources (Available for pdf file download.)


About the Evanston Women’s History Project

The Evanston Women’s History Project (EWHP) is a collaborative community effort begun in 2007 to document and celebrate women and women’s organizations that have made significant contributions to Evanston history.

Initially, an award-winning exhibit was created and multiple public programs were held. Bus and walking tours were also created, and curriculum for middle and high school students was designed and distributed through the project’s website. Since then, additional research on women and women’s organizations, much of it completed through our ongoing internship program, has contributed regular updates of the website and research database; EWHP assisted in  launching and supporting International Women’s Day Evanston, now planning its third year and well on its way to becoming a signature event in Evanston; and EWHP partnered with the League of Women Voters Evanston and CWHL in  planning the Evanston celebration of 100 years of Illinois women voting in 2013, concluding in a suffrage rally at the Willard House with more than 200 people in attendance.

To learn more about the EWHP, visit

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