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Upcoming Events

March 2018 – Women’s History Month

On Thursday, March 8th from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at EHC (225 Greenwood Street, Evanston), there will be a morning celebration of International Women’s Day, with brief remarks highlighting the work of Evanston women leaders. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free but reservations are required as capacity is limited. Women and girls of all ages are welcome. Reservations at

Later on Thursday March 8th International Women’s Day commemorations will continue with a film showing and discussion of I Am Jane Doe sponsored by the YWCA Evanston/NorthShore and other Evanston women’s organizations. This film highlights the stories of several American women who discover their daughters have been the victims of online trafficking. This event will take place from 5:45-8:45 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Evanston (1330 Ridge Ave, Evanston). Tickets cost $10 ($5 for students). More info and tickets at:

On Sunday, March 11th there will be special tours at the Frances Willard House (1730 Chicago Ave, Evanston) where visitors can learn more about the WCTU’s historic work against sex trafficking worldwide. The tours will take place from 1-4 p.m. and cost $10.

On Thursday, March 15th at 7 p.m. Evanston History Center’s “Under the Buffalo” Presentation: (225 Greenwood Street, Evanston) author Pamela Bannos will discuss her new book, Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife. Tickets are $10, payable at the door (EHC and FWHM members are free). A reception sponsored by Whole Foods Evanston begins at 6:30 p.m. and Bookends and Beginnings will have books for signing and sale after the talk. Reservations are recommended, go to

Event sponsors include: Hewn Bakery and Whole Foods Evanston.

Past Events

We kicked off 2018 with Cabin-Fever kids tours in January.  Families came and enjoyed 30 minute, interactive tours followed by craft time. It was a fun way to end the holiday break! Below is a picture of the bike spinner the kids made.

In December we commemorated the Christmas season with two holiday tours.  Both tours were fun, intimate gatherings where we turned back the clock with visitors and learned about Christmas at the Willard House in 1887 and remembered it as a time for taking a break from the regular hustle and bustle.

We reached max. capacity with 30+ attendees for our first lecture in the new Views programming series on Sunday, November 5th.  Author Joan Marie Johnson discussed her new book, Funding Feminism: Monied Women, Philanthropy, and the Women’s Movement, 1870-1967 to a sold out crowd at the Willard House.  She talked about why wealthy women gave to the woman suffrage and temperance movements, and the impact their donations had securing political equality for women.  She unpacked the deep historical roots of the tensions over wealth, power, and unity that persist today.  After the lecture there were great questions and lively discussion during the Q&A.


A great crowd for the event

On September 24th we had 150 people turn out for our “Do Everything – Share Your Story” event.  Attendees heard an inspiring talk from speaker Jan Schakowsky on becoming a leader for the causes, and then enjoyed an introduction to the StoryCorps app, an open house walk-through, cake and refreshments, and photo ops with a life-size Frances Willard cut-out.  With beautiful weather, it was a wonderful day!

Current Exhibits

“Cultivating Character:  The Early Life of Frances E. Willard”IMG_0836

Frances E. Willard (1839-1898) is known today for her work as the charismatic president of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union from 1879 to 1898. But what made her the best-known woman in America at the time of her death in 1898? What forces shaped her?

This exhibit explores how Frances E. Willard’s family, education—both what she received as a student and imparted as a teacher—and religion helped to form the woman who became America’s leading female social reformer of the 1880s and 1890s.


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