Rebekah McFarland Wins Archives and Archivists of Color Travel Fund Award

Rebekah McFarland, archivist for the Sisters of the Living Word.
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Congratulations to CARA member Rebekah McFarland, who was recently named as one of the winners of the Archives and Archivists of Color Travel Fund Award sponsored by the Chicago Area Archivists. Rebekah is the archivist for the Sisters of the Living Word and often works as a project archivist for other institutions, most recently the College of American Pathologists and the Chicago History Museum. She is also a bookbinder.

The AAC Travel Fund Award will support Rebekah's travel and participation at the 2019 Midwest Archives Conference, where she will be among the panelists on the "Imposter Syndrome" session. The conference will be held in Detroit on April 3-6.

Please congratulate Rebekah on her success, and if you are traveling to MAC this year, make sure you say hi!

Frances Willard House Museum and Archives to Launch Frances Willard and Ida B. Wells Community History Project

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In the 1890s, Woman’s Christian Temperance Union President Frances Willard and journalist and activist Ida B. Wells fought a war of words in the international press over Willard’s lack of public support for Wells’ anti-lynching campaign. Wells called Willard’s moral leadership into question and demanded that Willard and the WCTU join her anti-lynching campaign. Under Willard’s leadership, the WCTU eventually passed resolutions opposing lynching, but Willard’s language and actions complicate her legacy.

On Thursday March 14, 2019 the Frances Willard House Museum and Archives will launch "Truth Telling: Frances Willard and Ida B. Wells", a community history project that explores this conflict. The project includes a digital exhibit of original archival sources, community conversations, and public programs. The goal of the project is to uncover the full truth of the conflict, and explore its many meanings and ramifications for our world today. The launch event will include a view of the in-progress digital exhibit, a panel discussion with invited scholars, and audience feedback and conversations.

The launch will take place from 6-8 p.m. in Harris Hall room 107 at Northwestern University, beginning with a 5:30 public reception. The event is free to the public. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. RSVP at this link or call 847-328-7500. 

Loyola to Hold Public Program on the Jesuit Plantation Project

Sharon Leon of Michigan State University will talk about her work on the Jesuit Plantation Project.
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Friday, February 22nd

2:00 p.m.

McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall, Lake Shore Campus, 1000 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 

The Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities and CCIH are excited to host special guest speaker Sharon Leon of Michigan State University, who will talk about her work on the Jesuit Plantation Project, "Through the Lens of Data: The Enslaved Community Owned and Sold by the Maryland Province Jesuits." This event also is the first in a new Jesuit Studies Series being offered by the Hank Center.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.