Third Thursday Lunchtime Tours
No Tour in November
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.
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!
“Cultivating Character: The Early Life of Frances E. Willard”
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.