Chicago Women's History Center

Chicago Women's History Center Preserving and archiving Chicago Women’s History and creating events and media to inform and inspire
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Chicago Area Women's History Council is a dynamic network of academic historians, teachers, archivists, writers, oral historians, public history professionals, filmmakers, activists, community leaders and others interested in Chicago women's history.

12/16/2023

A library legend was born on this day in 1909. ✨🐻💙📚

Eliza Atkins Gleason earned an M.A. in library science at UC Berkeley in 1936, and was the first African American to earn a doctorate in that field.

A champion of inclusivity, Gleason educated and inspired generations of Black librarians.
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📸: University of Louisville Photo Archives

12/11/2023

Happy History Monday! Today we're highlighting Rose Chatfield-Taylor, who ran the Rose Bindery on the 10th floor from 1905 to 1913. She is pictured here in a 1907 photo taken by fellow Fine Arts Building tenant John T. McCutcheon

Chatfield-Taylor was a socialite and the wife of writer Hobart Chatfield-Taylor. The couple was heavily involved with the social and cultural life of Chicago around the turn of the century, notably as members of the Little Room and as founders of the Onwentsia Club, a golf club in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Rose Chatfield-Taylor learned the bookbinding craft in Paris from the celebrated bookbinder René Kieffer. During this apprenticeship, she met Enid George, a fellow student, and together they made plans to begin their own bookbinding business in America.

The Rose Bindery was focused primarily on high-quality work with a mission to encourage greater demand for hand-bound books in America. Chatfield-Taylor and George taught pupils who would pay for binding lessons in order to grow the craft and to help with the workload. Bookbinding by hand was labor-intensive and time-consuming. In their first year of business, the Rose Bindery bound an impressive amount of orders: approximately fifty books.

For more about Rose Chatfield-Taylor and the Rose Bindery, visit the Fine Arts Building's and see our historic displays!

Join us tomorrow in studio 403 in celebration of FABs 125th anniversary! Chicago Women’s History Center is celebrating 5...
10/13/2023

Join us tomorrow in studio 403 in celebration of FABs 125th anniversary! Chicago Women’s History Center is celebrating 50 years in their new home - sharing the courtyard with the International Puppet Theater, Luminist Films Collective and other exciting new neighbors! Music, dance performances and art will be shared from the building studios tomorrow evening from 5-9pm. 🎉

This venerable Michigan Avenue denizen, which sits across from Grant Park and between Van Buren Street and Ida B. Wells Drive, counts among Chicago’s most distinctive and most visited architectural gems.

09/21/2023

The Fine Arts Building's 125th anniversary is the cover story for the Reader's Fall Theater and Arts Issue! Get your physical copy tomorrow and read the story online here! chicagoreader.com/arts-culture/125-is-feeling-very-good

🎨 by Joe Mills

Exciting news! CWHC has moved to their new home in the historic Fine Arts Building AND we are hiring an Executive Direct...
09/14/2023

Exciting news! CWHC has moved to their new home in the historic Fine Arts Building AND we are hiring an Executive Director for the center.
The position is for three days (or 24 hours) a week; two-thirds of which must take place at the physical office rather than remote.
Salary: $35,000-40,000 based on experience. CWHC will offer commensurate health insurance, seven days vacation that can be taken as off days or used as a block, and five paid sick days.
The Resume/CV should include:
● Bachelor’s or advanced degree
● Social Media and/or website skills (specify)
● Grant Writing or fundraising experience
● Relevant jobs skills and life experiences
● Languages written or spoken
● One-two page writing sample

CWHC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

SUBMIT cover letter and resume to: Lisa Oppenheim, Secretary of CWHC [email protected]
by September 20

We’re hiring an Executive Director for the Chicago Women’s History center. Please visit our website for the job descript...
09/13/2023

We’re hiring an Executive Director for the Chicago Women’s History center. Please visit our website for the job description and application information: https://www.chicagowomenshistory.org/

Exciting news! CWHC has moved to their new home in studio 403 of the historic Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue AND ...
09/09/2023

Exciting news! CWHC has moved to their new home in studio 403 of the historic Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue AND we are hiring an Executive Director for the center. Please apply on our website link

Chicago Women's History Center documents, interprets, preserves, and shares Chicago women's history through scholarly research, education and public programs.

09/04/2023
08/31/2023

The Fine Arts Building has made plans to convert their manual elevators to updated mechanical elevators over the next two years. 😢

https://bit.ly/3YVLpIR

08/29/2023
07/04/2023

***Click for Film Preview*** We are raising funds for our new film called … Rana Segal needs your support for The Light of Truth: A Monument for Ida B. Wells

Please join us for the premiere of our new documentary, The Light of Truth: Richard Hunt's Monument to Ida B. Wells, Sat...
06/17/2023

Please join us for the premiere of our new documentary, The Light of Truth: Richard Hunt's Monument to Ida B. Wells, Saturday, June 24th at Northeastern Illinois University's Carruthers Center in Bronzeville. Discussion and Q&A with Director, Rana Segal and Sculptor, Richard Hunt will follow the screening.

03/11/2023

“When I found I had crossed that line, I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything; the sun came like gold through the trees, and over the fields, and I felt like I was in Heaven.” -Harriet Tubman

On this day, March 10, we celebrate the life and legacy of a giant of American history. March 10 is officially recognized as Harriet Tubman Day in the states of New York and Maryland, as it marks the anniversary of her death in 1913 and the approximate anniversary of her birth in 1822.
A staunch advocate of civil rights for women, particularly Black women, Tubman's selflessness and extraordinary courage led her to help people wherever and whenever she could.
Our sister park, Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, New York, was established in 2017 to preserve her legacy and connected sites in Auburn. Next time you visit us in Seneca Falls, be sure to take the short drive over to Auburn to see the place this remarkable woman called home.

www.nps.gov/hart

(Image: A composite of Harriet Tubman and a historic photo of the Thompson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, today owned by the National Park Service.)

03/10/2023

An introduction to a week of content by talented women writers, film critics and contributors.

03/10/2023

World Cafe celebrates some of the greatest guitar players of all time, who just happen to be women.

Happy International Women’s Day and Women’s History month!
03/09/2023

Happy International Women’s Day and Women’s History month!

Join Chicago Public Library in celebrating Women's History Month with crafts, book discussions, film screenings and more for all ages.…

03/07/2023

Up until 1974, many women needed to have a male co-signer to open a bank account or acquire a line of credit. So, eight women came together to change that by opening their own U.S. Women's Bank!

Carol Green, Judi Wagner, LaRae Orullian, Gail Schoettler, Wendy Davis, Joy Burns, Beverly Martinez, and Edna Mosely founded the bank's board by each pitching in $1,000.

On July 14, 1978, people stood in line on 17th Street in downtown Denver to deposit their checks. The bank took in $1 million dollars that day.

The bank also offered classes and got involved with the community. They financed rejected projects including the Tattered Cover Book Store and Wynkoop Brewing Company.

The Women's Bank continued until 1994 when it was sold to the Colorado Business Bank. Many of the founding women continued on with successful careers!

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Image: View of the Women's Bank building at 821 17th (Seventeenth) Street in downtown Denver, Colorado; the brick structure has stone trim, arched windows and doors. Denver Public Library Special Collections, Z-10455. Whitacre, Roger.

YES! Hope to see you there!
03/06/2023

YES! Hope to see you there!

Brandon Johnson or Paul Vallas, who can best deliver what women and families need?

03/06/2023

An immersive museum that explores the impact of the Bible on individuals throughout American history.

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