Abigail Adams Birthplace

Built circa 1685, this two-story, six-room saltbox was Abigail Adams’s home from the time of her birth in 1744 until 1764, when she married John Adams in the front parlor. Following her marriage, Adams frequently returned to visit her parents, who are buried in the historic North Weymouth Cemetery bordering the house. The Birthplace survived two relocations and recently underwent an extensive two-year renovation. Programs and tours are now offered year-round, and a number of activities are being planned for the weekend of October 24, 2014, to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Abigail and John

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Frances Willard House

Frances Willard HouseFrances Willard, a long-time resident of Evanston, Illinois, was one of the most prominent social reformers of the 19th century and arguably one of the generating influences in America’s long history of social justice and activism. 

The Frances Willard Historical Association
1730 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60201
(847) 328-7500
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Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Hull HouseThe Jane Addams Hull-House Museum commemorates the work of social welfare pioneer and peace advocate Jane Addams, her settlement house associates, their innovative programs, and the neighborhood they served.

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Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation

Bethune FoundationIn March 1953 the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation was created “as a place to awaken people and to have them realize that there is something in the world they can do” in the words of Mrs. Bethune. The headquarters for the Foundation was the office of Mrs. Bethune’s home, which was known as “The Retreat” and was built by an African American builder by the name of Mr. A.B. Raddick in 1905. In 1913 the home was purchased for Mrs. Bethune and she lived in it until she passed away in 1955. The Bethune Foundation is on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University, which was founded by Mrs. Bethune in 1904.
The home was recognized by the National Park Service as a National Historic Landmark in 1974. Upon her death “The Retreat” became known as the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation and has since been visited by thousands of visitors each year. During the time that she lived in the home Mrs. Bethune entertained many famous friends including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Ralph Bunche, Langston Hughes and Jackie Robinson. Today, tour guides tell the stories of the historic role of what was once called “Bethune Mansion.” All of the artifacts and pieces are original to the home and were the personal belongings of Mrs. Bethune.

Naper Settlement

Naper SettlementThe Naper Settlement tells the story of daily life in Naperville as it changed from a simple frontier outpost to a bustling turn-of-the-century community. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, our historic museum village, located in the heart of downtown Naperville, features a 12-acre site with 30 historic structures.

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