Even the 4th of July has a women’s history connection in Evanston. Visit the Frances Willard House and Northwestern University Library websites for more of this important story! https://www.northwestern.edu/150-years-of-women/learn/library-exhibit/fireworks-and-fire.html Happy 4th!
Shorefront Legacy Center unveiled its new historic marker program to honor historic and contemporary sites in Evanston important to the African American community in May of 2022. Sites chosen are nominated and guided by the local community under Shorefront’s leadership, and new sites will be added annually. The African American Heritage Sites program was passed
The Women’s L Project is the brain child of Janet Volk, a Chicago woman fascinated by local history, and Jessika Savage, a local graphic designer. To discover the Evanston women included on the Purple Line stops that run through town – visit this page – https://www.womenslproject.com/pages/purple-line From the project’s website: The Women’s L Project honors
Though not specifically focused on women’s history, the Evanston History Center House Walk-By is a great way to honor the women in your life – and connect with Evanston history too. In 2022, the house walk will focus on the Oakton Historic District in south Evanston. Often called the bungalow district, it includes some architectural
This virtual presentation by Scott Mehaffey, Executive Director at Edith Farnsworth House National Historic Site in Plano, Illinois, took place on April 5, 2022. Mehaffey discussed the history and current status of the renowned International Style house. The historical house was commissioned by Dr. Edith Farnsworth, a prominent Chicago medical doctor, musician, and poet. The house, a one-room weekend
The League of Women Voters of Evanston held its first meeting on March 28, 1922 – 100 years ago. The National League of Women Voters was founded on February 14, 1920 (in Chicago) and the 19th amendment was ratified on August 26, 1920. Why did it take two years for the Evanston league to form?
Evanston women were active in war efforts from the earliest days of the community. During the American Civil War, Evanston women supported the Union war effort through their churches and the sanitary fairs that raised funds to support Union troops. Jane Blaikie Hoge was a key organizer for the U.S. Sanitary Commission, along with her
The 2022 Women’s History Month theme is Women: Providing Healing, Promoting Hope and is meant to recognize the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history. In Evanston, we have documented women in the healthcare field as part of the women’s history project. Concerns about public health
March 8th is International Women’s Day! Long celebrated globally, it has gained visibility in the U.S. in recent years. Evanston has an interesting historical connection to IWD – one of its founders called Evanston home and Evanston actually celebrated the day in its early years. More of that story can be found here. This year,
For March 2022, we are highlighting women’s history projects and stories that the EWHP is connected to – both new and old. We are starting the month with the projects of our summer 2021 interns – and the story of International Women’s Day and the Evanston connection. In Summer 2021, intern Sophia Weglarz wrote a