Illinois Suffrage Historic Sites and Markers

In Illinois, we have mapped and marked sites that tell the Illinois suffrage story, in partnership with the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) and their initiative to create the National Votes for Women Trail. This trail “seeks to recognize and celebrate the enormous diversity of people and groups active in the struggle for women’s suffrage.”

From the NCWHS Website:

The Trail consists of two parts: 1) a database with a digital map and 2) a program of historical markers for about 250 women’s suffrage sites across the country, funded by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation and the federal Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. Through crowd-sourcing, the digital map collects sites from all over our country to tell the story of suffrage for all women, of all ethnicities, classes, and geographic areas, from the colonial period to the present. In partnership with The William G. Pomeroy Foundation and the federal Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, the National Votes for Women Trail also promotes a program of historical markers to commemorate the people, places, and events important to passage of the Nineteenth amendment in 1920.

In Illinois, we have added more than forty eight sites to the National Votes for Women Trail. We have also proposed five sites for Pomeroy Markers in the state and are working on adding more as time and resources allow. The five we have proposed are:

Chicago – Alpha Suffrage Club – the suffrage club formed by Ida B. Wells in 1913 – accepted and installation October 1, 2021

Oak Park – Grace Wilbur Trout – accepted and installed August 26, 2021 – more here – https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/8-18-2020/Oak-Park-suffragist-honored-by-Pomeroy-Foundation–/?utm_campaign=WJ-News&utm_medium=Outbound-Email&utm_source=WJ-News-8-18-2020

Oak Park, League of Women Voters, Marker Installation, August 26, 2021.

Evanston – Catharine Waugh McCulloch – accepted, installation in 2021 – marker unveiling in August 2020 – more here – www.evanstonwomen.org

Lombard – Ellen Martin – accepted and installed August 18, 2020 – more here – https://lwvnaperville.org/ellen-martin-honored-by-national-votes-for-women-trail/

Naperville League of Women Voters, Marker Installation, August 18, 2020.

Chicago – Michigan Avenue – the site of numerous suffrage parades; the headquarters of the Illinois Equal Suffrage Association and the Chicago Political Equality League; and the founding of the National Woman’s Party and the League of Women Voters U.S. – location and approval pending

For more information on suffrage sites in Illinois, email ewhp@evanstonhistorycenter.org.