This wonderful documentary about Frances Willard and her work empowering women and girls was created by a Sonia Wanberg, a Junior High student in Chicago, and was a finalist in the National History Day Junior Division. Frances Willard: A Champion for Girls from So Wan on Vimeo.
By Kris Hartzell, Director of Facilities and Visitor Services, Evanston History Center Bertha Yerex was the first woman to graduate from the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Michigan. According to Bertha, when she applied in 1914, the Dean of the college told her that as a woman she was not welcome
The Evanston Public Library is digitizing the 1917 Plan of Evanston as part of its Digital Past Local History collection. The Plan of Evanston was commissioned in 1916 by the Evanston Small Parks and Playgrounds Association, some of whose officers and directors were notable Evanston women. Here are a few pages from the digitized Plan
Miss Ida Faye Wright served as Chief Librarian of the Evanston Public Library from January 1920 until November 1, 1944. The Evanston City Council adopted a resolution entitled “Resolution Upon the Occasion of the Retirement of Miss Ida Faye Wright” on October 2, 1944. Miss Wright moved to Evanston at the age of three and
We aren’t sure of the exact date of this article, but believe it is from sometime in the early 1930s. The newspaper had asked readers to send in their suggestions for a list of important women in Evanston’s history. Local woman Estelle Frances Ward, herself a woman-of-note, submitted a list of eight women she thought