The Evanston Women’s History Project (EWHP) at the Evanston History Center is a collaborative community effort begun in 2007 to document and celebrate women and women’s organizations that have made significant contributions to Evanston history. The project has completed work on: a research database of Evanston women and women’s organizations, women’s history curriculum for local schools, tourism materials, and a women’s history exhibit.

The Evanston Women’s History Project has been generously supported by the Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) over the years. Both in its initial funding as a three year project, and then most recently with a 2019 grant to update this website. Thank you to ECF for its support for women’s history!

Contact Information

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The Evanston Women’s History Project is located at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston, Illinois 60201. The EWHP is directed by Lori Osborne, Historian at the Evanston History Center. The project can be reached by phone at (847) 475-3410 or by email at [email protected].

For purposes of citation, please credit the Evanston Women’s History Project at the Evanston History Center, Evanston, IL. Use the individual name of the woman or organization as the title of the article.


Paid and unpaid internships at the EWHP are available. We generally put out our call for interns in January of each year and schedule intern work for the following summer. Please contact us for more information if you would like to serve as a project intern. Thanks!

Partnership with Frances Willard House Museum and Archives

The EWHP was originally located at the Frances Willard House Museum and has its origins there. After its move to the Evanston History Center in 2009, the EWHP has maintained a strong connection and partnership with the Willard House. Collaborative projects in recent years include the 2015 celebration of Frances Willard’s 175th birthday, annual women’s history month lectures and walking tours of Evanston women’s history, and the 2020 Women’s Suffrage Anniversary.