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So, You Think You Know Frances Willard?

Temperance advocate and prohibition supporter. Progressive. Straight-laced. Free-wheeling. Conservative. Radical. These words and more may be what come to mind when you think of Frances Willard. But they don’t fully describe her and in many ways get her entirely wrong. An upcoming talk at the Evanston History Center will tell the true story of Evanston’s …

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New Frances Willard Exhibit

There’s a new exhibit that focuses on Frances Willard open at Northwestern University Library from now through March 18.  Arguably one of the most famous and influential Evanstonians in the 19th century, Willard left her mark on this community and the world. Here’s the link for more information: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/news/archives/003837.html

Frances E. Willard

World renowned social reformer Frances Willard (1839-1898) lived in Evanston for the entirety of her adult life. Through her efforts, the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union became the largest women’s organization in the U.S. before 1900, mobilizing countless women to take on a wider role in the world through temperance activism. Her “Do Everything” reform agenda …

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Frances E. Willard

World renowned social reformer Frances E. Willard (1839-1898) lived in Evanston all her adult life.  Through her efforts, the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union became the largest women’s organization in the U.S. before 1900, and mobilized countless women to take on a wider role in the world through temperance activism.  Her “Do Everything” reform agenda included …

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Mary Willard

Mary Bannister Willard (1841-1912), sister-in-law of Frances Willard, trained as a school teacher at North Western Female College in Evanston, Illinois. She served as editor of the WCTU’s monthly newspaper, The Union Signal, for a number of years. Bannister-Willard later became interested in the kindergarten movement. This movement developed new approaches to educating young children, …

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Illinois Equal Suffrage Association (IESA)

The association lobbied for woman suffrage through appeals to the state and federal legislature, publicized election candidates’ positions on suffrage, and organized lectures and lecture tours to raise funds and awareness for the suffrage cause. History Two sources have attributed the organization of IWSA to Mary Livermore and associates, including Frances Willard. IWSA’s first annual …

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Evanston Missionary Union

The Evanston Missionary Union sponsored scholarships for Christian foreign students undertaking religious study (starting 1922), and met for World Day of Prayer, starting in 1887. Further, delegates from each church reported their missionary work. History Formed as a prayer group for Evanston women (specifically mothers) in 1870, it was an interdenominational group that expanded from …

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Alpha Phi

One of the oldest and largest women’s fraternities in North America, Phi was founded by ten students at Syracuse University in 1872. At the time, many people questioned the propriety of higher education for women, and the founders established their secret society as a means of supporting each other as they undertook their rigorous course …

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