The Evanston Women’s History Project, a three-year collaborative effort to document and celebrate the rich and significant history of Evanston women, has moved to the Evanston History Center, housed in the Charles Gates Dawes House, a National Historic Landmark.
Launched in 2007 by the Evanston Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls, the project’s goals are to bring Evanston women’s history to life and make Evanston a destination for women’s history for tourists and scholars. The project has completed its first phase, compiling an online research database on notable Evanston women and women’s organizations, and laying the groundwork for a new national historic district.
The project now embarks on its final phase of bringing a public face to Evanston women’s history. Over the coming year, the historic district designation will be completed and History Center staff will develop programs to showcase this important history, including a women’s history trail; women’s history month curriculum for schools; tourism materials; and a major exhibit on Evanston women at the Dawes House.
In addition to the Evanston History Center and Evanston Community Foundation, Project Partners in this effort include the Evanston Public Library, the Frances Willard Historical Association, Shorefront, the Woman’s Club of Evanston, the YWCA Evanston/North Shore and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Delta Chi Omega Chapter.
The Project is generously funded by the following donors to the Evanston Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls: Ann and Brian Balusek; Vickie and Tim Burke; Julie and Josh Chernoff; Nancy Cunniff and Alan Zunamon; Beth and Bill Geiger: in memory of Susan N. and Susan G. Geiger, Ph.D.; Diane and John Golan; Wendy and Mark Irwin; Catherine and Bart Rocca; Mimi and Craig Roeder; Trimmy and Neal Stamell; and Leslie and Tom Weyhrich.
For more information about the project or to get involved, contact Lori Osborne, Project Coordinator at the Evanston History Center at (847) 475-3410. Information can also be found on the project website.
Info from Jenny Thompson, Evanston History Center.