Helen Beveridge (1829-1909) was a founder of the social and religious life of Evanston. During the Civil War she opened her home to students and later used her gift of hospitality in Springfield as the wife of Civil War General & later Governor of Illinois, John Beveridge. Being the first lady of Illinois, she entertained visitors from all walks of life at the Governor’s mansion in Springfield. She was known as “a lady of remarkable conversation and executive power.” Beveridge was also the first president of the Illinois Industrial School for Girls for ten years. As the president of the Illinois committee, she helped form and prepare an exhibit of women’s handicraft at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. The Centennial Committee, headed by Beveridge, used its’ excess funds to found the Illinois Industrial School for Girls which stood at the corner of Main Street and Sheridan Road before moving to Park Ridge, where the school continues today as the Park Ridge School for Girls.
Name: Helen Mar Beveridge (Judson)
Birth Date: April 13, 1829
Birth Place: Albany New York, USA
Death Date: May 08, 1909
Death Location: Hollywood California, USA
Burial Place: Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois
Father: Philo Judson
Mother: Eliza Judson
Children: Two: Alla May Beveridge Raymond (February 20, 1849), Philo Judson Beveridge (December 1, 1850)
Education: Rock River Seminary, Mt Morris Illinois.
Years in Evanston: 1854-1892
Sources: Archives and Collections: "Evanston Women." Subject Files. Evanston History Center. Newspaper Clippings: Title and Author Unknown. "Evanston Women Pre-1950." Subject Files. Evanston History Center. Newspaper Clippings: "Something for the Girls: Evanston Women in the Women Movement, 1954 [sic]-1920."