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As 2017 winds to a close and you are considering where to make your year-end gifts, I hope you will consider supporting the work of the Evanston Women’s History Project. The EWHP has just finished up its tenth year of work and this year has been a busy one with many of our usual operations and some big changes too.

This year we:

  • held our annual women’s history month lecture where local historian and author Louise (Lucy) Knight spoke about her upcoming biography of abolitionists Angelina and Sarah Grimke.
  • had two women’s history walking tours in partnership with the Frances Willard House Museum.
  • continued to connect to statewide and national planning for the 2020 Women’s Suffrage Anniversary.
  • updated the project’s website and research database, and answered research requests.
  • hosted our third Vickie Burke Intern for Women’s History.

Plans for the next year include:

  • Women’s History Month programming
  • Women’s History Walking Tours
  • Ongoing research and database updates
  • Planning for the 2020 women’s suffrage anniversary

There are two ways to give to support the EWHP. You can give toward general  operating support through the EHC Annual Appeal. And, we continue to raise funds for the Joan Barr Smith Endowment for Women’s History at the Evanston Community Foundation, which ensures the long-term sustainability of the EWHP. More details for this endowment can be found on the ECF website.

I hope you will join me in looking forward to another great year of women’s history in Evanston!

Lori Osborne, EWHP Director

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