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The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will donate $9,900 to the Frances Willard Historical Association for its interior restoration project of Willard House, 1730 Chicago Ave. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Fort Dearborn Chapter, located in Evanston.
The Frances Willard Historical Association preserves and interprets the Frances Willard House museum and its historic collections to promote vibrant discussion of Miss Willard’s life and her work on behalf of women, temperance, and human rights. The FWHA works to inspire and encourage leadership and broad participation in civic life as Miss Willard’s lasting legacy. Educational uses of the Frances Willard House museum, its grounds, the library, and the archives benefit a local and global community of visitors, educators, and scholars.
The interior restoration project is the most comprehensive ever initiated, with four rooms in the original Rest Cottage portion of the house, built in 1865, slated for complete historic restorations.
Glen Madeja, executive director of the Frances Willard Historical Association, said, “We are thrilled to be receiving such a generous donation from the DAR. We realize that our grant is just one of many that they made throughout the year to preserve our nation’s history. We feel fortunate that they have chosen to assist us in this ambitious restoration project of this National Historic Landmark.”