Frances Willard Rides Again: Willard Exhibit Goes Online!

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For anyone who missed the exhibit "Radical Woman in a Classic Town: Frances Willard of Evanston" during its three-month run at the Northwestern University Library, or who wants to learn more about social reformer Willard (1839-1898) and her ties to Evanston, the exhibit now lives on virtually at

To create the virtual exhibit, the contents of each display case have been digitized as a separate online "chapter," including an image of each photograph, document, or artifact, along with the full captions. For ease of access, the virtual "chapters" are in PDF format, and each contains links to the previous and next chapters. A list of resources forms the final chapter.

The exhibit looks at how Willard's reformist vision was shaped by her experiences in Evanston--the "Classic Town" she called home for forty years--, and with Northwestern University, where she served as the first Dean of Women. Materials in the exhibit came from the Northwestern University Archives and from the Frances Willard House Museum and Library/Archives in Evanston. The exhibit was curated by Janet Olson, and the virtual exhibit was created by Yvonne Spura.