Celebration of Evanston women’s history

The Frances Willard Historical Association and the Evanston Women’s History Project at the Evanston History Center are planning two events celebrating Evanston women's history the weekend of Sept. 26-27.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, a "Walking Tour through Evanston’s Amazing Women’s History" will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., starting from the Frances Willard House, 1730 Chicago Ave.

On Sunday, Sept. 27, the 150th anniversary celebration of Frances Willard’s “Rest Cottage” will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Frances Willard House.

The walking tour will visit places where Evanston women made history in downtown Evanston, highlighting the stories of Evanston women and women’s organizations Kris Hartzell, EHC’s Director of Facilities and Visitor Services, will give the tour. The fee is $10 per person and reservations are suggested. Please RSVP to Kris Hartzell at khartzell@evanstonhistorycenter.org or 847-475-3410.

The Sunday event will celebrate the sesquicentennial of construction of the Rest Cottage on the home's front lawn.

Willard, a long-time Evanston resident, was at the forefront of the movement to improve the lives of women and children in the 19th century.

Among her many social reform efforts were a woman’s right to vote, and children’s protection in the workplace. The family-friendly event will include light refreshments, cake, and a concert by the Ridgeville Band beginning at 3 p.m. For more information, contact: Glen Madeja at info@franceswillardhouse.org. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required.

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