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“She early manifested an exceeding fondness for books.” 
–Mary Thompson Hill Willard about her young daughter Frances

From a young age, Frances Willard showed signs that her interests went far beyond what was common for a girl of her time. She had a voracious appetite for knowledge – and when, as a teenager, she realized that “knowledge is power,” her appetite transformed into purpose and drive.

This past year, the Frances Willard House Museum and Archives has explored Willard’s early life, her faith, and her desire for education. We’ve examined why it was so critical for her to gain access to knowledge, and how she worked to open doors for other women, too. For Willard, education was about more than just the joy of discovery. It was also about gaining an understanding of her world, and from that understanding, finding ways to make change.

We hope you will add us to your year-end giving list as we continue the work of showing how the past can illuminate our world today. Your donation makes it all possible!

Lori Osborne

Executive Director
Frances Willard House Museum at the Center for Women’s History and Leadership


When you support the Frances Willard House Museum and WCTU Archives at the Center for Women’s History and Leadership, you are helping to honor the leadership of women of the past and inspire leaders of the future. With your financial support, we will be able to continue our to work to preserve the collections of the museum and archives, and share the significant and untold story of women’s leadership for social reform. Thank you!

The Frances Willard House Museum and WCTU Archives are managed by the Center for Women’s History and Leadership (CWHL), a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible. Tour and program fees are not tax-deductible.

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