Evanston Women’s History Project Events

Events coming up to celebrate women and women’s organizations in Evanston.

“Lifting as We Climb:” Evanston Women and the Creation of a Community

Exhibit Opening, Friday March 19, 7:30 pm at the Evanston History Center. Join us as we open our new exhibit highlighting the many contributions of Evanston women and women’s organizations to shaping our community. Free and open to the public.

The exhibit will run until February 2011. It can be seen when the Dawes House is open for regular tours, Thursday – Sunday from 1-4 pm. Cost is $10 and includes a tour of the Dawes House.

Under the Buffalo program

Enjoy an evening with Clara, Lu and Em — a pioneering radio show created by three Evanston women. We’ll hear part of an original broadcast, see a slide show of vintage images, and then witness a re-enactment by three local actresses. Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Evanston History Center. Cost: $5, free for EHC members. Reservations recommended.

Clara, Lu and Em was the first radio “soap opera.” It was created by three NU graduates and Evanston residents, Louise Starkey Mead, Isobel Berolzheimer and Helen King Mitchell. Portraying three gossiping (and funny) housewives concerned with everyday things, the show was a huge hit and a breakthrough for women in the business. First broadcast locally on WGN beginning in 1930, then nationally on NBC and CBS, the show was sponsored by various soap companies (hence the name) and ran for more than 10 years.

Special Joint Tour Days

Come see the women’s history exhibit at the Evanston History Center and then visit the Frances Willard House at 1730 Chicago Avenue. Sundays, March 21, April 18, and June 20 — 1-4 pm. Tours are half price at both locations for just these days.

Women’s History Bus Tour

Ride with us through Evanston’s women’s history landscape on Saturday, April 10th, 10 am – 12 pm. We’ll begin and end at the Evanston History Center. Cost: $25. Reservations required.

Mother’s Day House Walk

Sunday May 9, 12 – 5 pm. Join us for the Evanston History Center’s annual signature event, with a little touch of women’s history mixed in. House Walk ticket information can be found at www.evanstonhistorycenter.org or by calling (847) 475-3410.

For more information about EWHP events or to make a reservation, call (847) 475-3410 or email ewhp@evanstonhistorycenter.  All events and programs take place in conjunction with the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston, Illinois.

For more information about the Evanston Women’s History Project, visit evanstonwomen.org.