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January 2020

Bookmaking & Poetry Workshop

January 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60201 United States
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Join Lea Lazarus Basile and Sue Gundlach for an afternoon book/zine making & poetry workshop, during this hands on workshop, both artists will be holding an informal artist talk.

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February 2020

Citizenship as a Foundation of Rights

February 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The League of Women Voters of Evanston hosts a talk by Dr. Richard Sobel titled "Citizenship as Foundation of Rights" that will examine the nature of citizenship for Americans and the connections to voting rights, their expression and suppression Sobel is a writer and academic, director of the Cyber Privacy Project and member of ACLU boards. The talk is free and will take place at Three Crowns Park, 2323 McDaniel Ave, Evanston. Lunch is provided for $20. More at

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President’s Day Program

February 17, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

President's Day hosted by the Fort Dearborn Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the Evanston History Center (225 Greenwood Street) includes a dramatic portrayal of Catharine Waugh McCulloch. McCulloch was an Attorney who was a leader in the suffrage movement in Evanston and Illinois. She also served as VP of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, was active in the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, and was a notable member of the Fort Dearborn Chapter DAR. Free to…

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March 2020

The Heat: A Kitchen Revolution

March 2, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s annual film screening in honor of International Women’s Day will be a showing of the documentary The Heat: A Kitchen Revolution at the Rotary International Headquarters (1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston) on Monday March 2 at 5:30- 8 p.m. The Heat takes viewers into a behind-the-scenes world of restaurants and explores changing gender norms in the industry. More at

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April 2020

Postponed – Race and Rights: Wells, Willard and Addams

April 30, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Who gets to be a citizen? How did debates in Chicago around voting, lynching and women’s rights break down across racial lines? The panel discussion will focus on the historical breakdowns in feminism and race for Frances Willard and Jane Addams, and tell the story of Ida B. Wells’ efforts to hold them each accountable. At Harris Hall at Northwestern University, 1881 Sheridan Road. Presented by the Frances Willard House Museum and WCTU Archives, in partnership with Jane Addams Hull…

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May 2020

Mother’s Day House Walk

May 10, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Evanston History Center Mother’s Day House Walk will be a “Walk-By" this year. EHC invites people to (safely) walk, ride, or drive (following social distancing guidelines) in order to take part. The House Walk-By begins on Mother’s Day, May 10, and continues every day afterwards. About this year's walk: In honor of the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment, EHC highlights the homes of Evanston women who fought for suffrage and those who served their community through…

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August 2020

Evanston Women’s Suffrage History Walking Tour

August 15, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

This tour meets at Frances Willard House, 1730 Chicago Avenue, Evanston In this historic year of women’s suffrage, discover the prominent role Evanston women played in fighting for women’s rights on this walking tour that starts at the Frances Willard House and winds through nearby neighborhoods. The cost is $20 per person/$15 for members unless otherwise stated. Contactless payment is required when registering for a tour. Registration is REQUIRED! RSVP to Kris Hartzell, or 847-475-3410. All guests must wear a mask and practice…

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The Vote: A WTTW Community Screening

August 17, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join WTTW and the EWHP for a virtual community screening and conversation of The Vote. One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, American Experience’s The Vote tells the dramatic story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote—a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history. After the screening, Sylvia Ewing, Director of Strategic Communications, Marketing, and Outreach at Elevate Energy will moderate…

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Do-It-Yourself Suffrage March

August 18, 2020 - August 26, 2020

One way women fought for the right to vote was to take part in suffrage rallies and marches. Carrying signs and wearing sashes and buttons, they gathered in local towns like Evanston, and big cities like Chicago and Washington, DC, to demonstrate support for voting rights for women. When: Any time between August 18-26, 2020. The 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920 and officially added to the constitution on August 26, 1920. What: Go on a walk, hike…

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Suffrage Sundays

August 23, 2020

Starting August 2nd and continuing through the month on Sundays, the Frances Willard House Museum and WCTU Archives will present YouTube videos as part of a new "Suffrage Sundays" series. The videos will feature collection items from the museum and archives related to the story of the long and significant connection between the suffrage and temperance movements.

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Voting Rights Symposium

August 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Recent headlines tell of reduced polling places, names taken off voter rolls, and requests for identification in places where none is required. One hundred years after the 19th Amendment affirmed women’s right to vote in the United States, many of these issues have become even more pressing. Roadblocks to exercising the right to vote still exist today, especially amongst minorities and the under-educated. In honor of the 19th Amendment Centennial, this thought-provoking discussion will examine what barriers still exist, preventing American…

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Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote – Facebook Live Tour

August 26, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Lori Osborne, curator of the Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote exhibit, will give a tour of exhibit highlights via Facebook Live on the Evanston History Center's Facebook page. The tour will include an unveiling of the National Votes for Women Trail historic marker for Evanston suffragist, Catharine Waugh McCulloch.

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Rightfully Hers Exhibit Re-Opening

August 26, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Rightfully Hers is a popup exhibition from the National Archives commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Rightfully Hers contains simple messages exploring the history of the ratification of the 19th amendment, women’s voting rights before and after the 19th, and its impact today. It will reopen to the public on August 26th at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street. Other locations to be announced later. Reservations are required due to space limitations. More details…

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Exhibit Re-Opening: Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote

August 26, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

For the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment and Women's Equality Day, Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote will reopen to the public from 12-4 p.m. on August 26th at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street. Telling the story of Evanston women and their strategic and critical work for women’s suffrage, the exhibit features archival resources, artifacts and costumes from the EHC collection. The Votes for Women Historic Trail Marker for Catharine Waugh McCulloch will also be on…

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September 2020

Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers Book Launch with Martha S. Jones

September 17, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and the Frances Willard House Museum in conversation with Martha S. Jones author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote and Insisted on Equality for All (Basic/2020) and Leslie Harris (moderator), professor, Department of History, Northwestern University. FREE, Book Launch and Reception About the Book: In the standard story, the suffrage crusade began in Seneca Falls in 1848 and ended with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. But this overwhelmingly…

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October 2020

Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote

October 27, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Lori Osborne, Director of the Evanston Women’s History Project at the Evanston History Center (EHC), in conversation with Eden Juron Pearlman, Executive Director of EHC, for a suffrage anniversary review. The event takes place virtually on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 6:30pm-7:30pm (CDT). This past year the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment was a focus for the EWHP because Evanston women played such a prominent role in the suffrage movement – locally, in Illinois, and in the U.S. Hear…

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November 2020

Race and Rights: Willard, Wells, Addams

November 17, 2020 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pm

Who gets to be a citizen? How did debates in Chicago around voting, lynching and women’s rights break down across racial lines? How do we think about these divisions today, and why are they relevant?   Race and Rights: Willard, Wells, Addams, the final installment of our “With You or Not at All” series exploring issues of racism in the woman’s suffrage movement, will focus on three significant Chicago-based women activists who were connected in their reform work, but who encountered difficulties…

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