March 15, 2023 12:00am — 12:30am

Conversations with Chicago Collections - Frances Willard House Museum and Archives


Wednesday, March 15, 2023
12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

This program will be held via Zoom
Free and open to the public
Listen to the webinar HERE

Frances Willard is best known for her leadership of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), the largest women’s organization in the US in the late nineteenth century. The Willard House Museum, Willard’s home from 1865 until her death in 1898, became a museum in 1900, and is a national landmark. The Archives, located in the WCTU Administration Building directly behind the House Museum, documents the history and worldwide impact of the WCTU through letters, documents, images, serial publications, biographical and subject files, scrapbooks, and artifacts, dating from the 1830s to 1990s. 

Join archivist Janet Olson, as she shares some of the unique resources these collections hold for scholars of women's history, suffrage, temperance, digital humanities, social reform, health education, and social/political movements in America.

Photo caption: The Woman’s Temple (Burnham and Root, 1892), at the corner of Monroe and LaSalle, served as the national headquarters of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union until 1900 when the organization moved to Evanston. Francis Willard House Museum and Archives.