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Do Everything 2021 – Virtual Program and Special Tours 

“Alone we can do little. Aggregated we become powerful.” – Frances Willard

Although the Frances Willard House Museum is best known as the private home of its most famous resident, the house was also a unique site for women’s work. This year the Frances Willard House Museum is exploring Willard’s Do Everything leadership model by looking closely at the way women activists like Willard accomplished their work through connection, collaboration, and organization. The 2021 theme is taken from a quote by Willard:

“Alone we can do little. Separated, we are the units of weakness; 
but aggregated we become batteries of power. 
Agitate, educate, organize – these are the deathless watchwords of
success.”

Two upcoming Museum events – one virtual, one on-site – will dig into the history and significance of women’s work at the Willard House – the original site of Do Everything leadership.

On Sunday, September 26 at 4pm CT, join us for a virtual exploration of the Willard House’s office spaces. Rare nineteenth-century photographs from our collections will be placed alongside images of the recently restored rooms. We will discuss what it means to interpret – and currently work in – a historic women’s workplace, as well as how Willard’s Do Everything approach can be applied today. RSVP for this free online program here. A Zoom link will be sent shortly before the event to everyone who registers.


Then, on Tuesday September 28 – Frances Willard’s birthday – experience the office spaces first hand by taking a special Do Everything tour.Tours will be held at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm and are available by reservation only. For more information and to schedule a tour, visit our online reservation form or call 847-328-7500.


View images from a small sampling of our past events here!

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