Elizabeth Wayne Bragdon (1834-1926) was a patron of music and other arts, philanthropist, extensive traveler, and an active member at the First Methodist Episcopal Church, even though she herself was a Quaker. She was associated with the Woman’s Club of Evanston, a charter member of the Drama Club, and served as the president of the Bryant Circle, as well as being a University Guild member. She spoke French, as well as other Romance languages, and was a member and hostess for many French Club meetings. She lived and participated in Evanston life for over 50 years until she died in October 1926.
1. Bragdon participated in the Evanston movement against Sunday movies. 2. She opposed annexation of Evanston to Chicago. 3. Assisted with/looked after children at her church who “are prevented from attending Sabbath school from want of suitable clothing.”