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Although the Frances Willard House Museum is best known as the private home of its most famous resident, the social reformer and women’s suffragist who was the longtime leader of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the home located at 1730 Chicago Ave. was also a unique site for women’s work.
This year, the Frances Willard House Museum explores Willard’s “Do Everything” leadership model by taking a close look at how activists like Willard have accomplished their work through connection, collaboration and organization.
The 2021 theme is taken from a quote from Willard:
“Alone, there is not much we can do. Separated, we are the units of weakness;
but aggregated, we become batteries of power.
Agitate, educate, organize, these are the imperishable slogans of success.
Two upcoming museum events – one virtual, one on-site – will explore the history and significance of women’s work at Willard House, the original site of “Do Everything” leadership.
On Sunday September 26 at 4 p.m., an online exploration of the Willard House office spaces: Rare 19th-century photographs from the collection will be displayed alongside images of the recently restored rooms. There will also be a discussion of what it means to interpret and work in a historic women’s workplace today, as well as how Willard’s “do it all” approach can be applied today. RSVP for this free online program here.
At Tuesday, September 28, Frances Willard’s birthday, experience office space live by participating in a special “Do It All” tour. Tours will take place at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and are available by reservation only. Tours cost $ 15 and can be scheduled through the online booking form or by calling 847-328-7500.
For more information visit franceswillardhouse.org.