These are links to general interest websites about Frances Willard and the causes she was involved in.

Online Exhibit at Northwestern University

Radical Woman in a Classic Town; Frances Willard of Evanston

“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 and is now available as an online exhibit. Many of the materials featured were made available by the Frances Willard House Museum, and Memorial Archives.

This exhibit examines the complex ties between Frances Willard and the “Classic Town” — Evanston, Illinois — that helped shape her vision of the world and her role in it.  It illustrates stages in Willard’s life from her student days at the North Western Female College to her growing career as an orator, a writer, and a leader of women, whose motto, “Do Everything,” reflected her advocacy not just of temperance but of women’s rights, social justice, and world peace.

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

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.

Resources include a research database about women and women’s organizations, a timeline of Women’s History in Evanston, a guide to Woman’s Suffrage materials at the Evanston History Center, and a Speaker’s Bureau.

PROHIBITION: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

PROHIBITION is a three-part, five-and-a-half-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.

From Episode One: A Nation of Drunkards – Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard.

Frances Willard is one of the great unsung heroes of American history. There was a time when every school child in America knew her, and she was sort of, on par with Betsy Ross. She was that important to American history.

Catherine Murdock, historian