This coming Saturday, December 3rd will be the Chicago Genealogical Society’s next program, a visit to the Frances Willard House Museum and Archives. This will be a special tour for CGS. Built in 1865, this Evanston house was home to Frances Willard (1839-1898). Both author and activist, Frances Willard lived and worked in this house during the years of her presidency of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). For many of those years, the house also served as an informal national headquarters for the WCTU and a boarding house for its workers. The holdings of the Frances Willard Memorial Library and Archives document the history and impact of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. Materials include letters; documents; images; serial publications; biographical and subject files; and scrapbooks, dating between the 1830s and 1990s, with the bulk of the collection dating between 1870 and 1950. An Archivist will be on hand to give us a tour and explain the collection holdings. The house has been closed for over a year for interior restorations and we will be one of the first groups to see it. Tour will began at 10:00am at 1730 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL (between Clark Street and Church Street, 1/2 block north of the downtown area and 1/2 block south of Northwestern University). Free for CGS Members/$10 for non-members.

For more information about the museum and archives see the Frances Willard House website.


By Car – 

From the north: Take Sheridan Road to where it intersects with Chicago Ave., by the Northwestern Arch.  Keep right to take Chicago Ave., and proceed 1.5 blocks.  The house will be on your right.

From the south: Take Sheridan Road (via Lake Shore Drive) to Clark St., just south of the Northwestern University Campus.  Turn onto Clark and proceed two blocks to Chicago Ave., then make a left.  The house will be on your right.

From the west: Take Dempster St. to Chicago Ave. Turn left and proceed on Chicago Ave. for five blocks.  The museum will be on your left.

Parking: Metered parking is available on the street. There is also a municipal parking lot immediately south of us (access via alleyway 1/2 block west of Chicago Avenue via Church Street or Clark Street) or you may use the municipal parking structure across the street with entrances on Church and Clark.

By Public Transit –

By Bus: Take the Evanston Bus 201 from the Davis Street CTA/Metra Station.

By Train: Take the CTA “L” Purple line or the Union Pacific North Line to the Davis Street Station and walk East to Chicago Avenue and turn North 1/2 block.

Hope you can join us this Saturday!


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