Women's History

The Woman’s 4th of July

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!

Evanston African American Sites Heritage Program

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 …

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Women’s L Project

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 …

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A Look at the Edith Farnsworth House & Historic Site – A Virtual Presentation by Scott Mehaffey

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 …

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Standing Together: Inez Milholland’s Final Campaign for Suffrage

On International Women’s Day 2022 – Tuesday, March 8th – the Evanston History Center and the Evanston Women’s History Project will present a virtual presentation by Jeanine Michna-Bales who will discuss her multifaceted meditation on a pioneer of American suffrage: Standing Together: Inez Milholland’s Final Campaign for Women’s Suffrage. Since 2016, Michna-Bales has been researching the Suffrage chapter …

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