Women, Philanthropy, Recipes, and Social Progress: A Reexamination of Primary Resources


These presentations were made at the Illinois History Conference at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in October, 2021. Since this is ongoing research, there will be additional information learned after this event.

The Mary Ethel Crofton Cookbook, circa 1895 and earlier, Nicole Stocker, Lake County Forest Preserves, Bess Bower Dunn Museum

“Politics, Gender, and the Local Woman’s Club Records,” Nancy Webster, Highland Park Historical Society

“Comparison and Contrast of The Ossoli Club community Cook Book, circa 1911, and Highland Park Woman’s Club Cook Book, circa 1925,” Catherine Lambrecht, Chicago Foodways Roundtable, Greater Midwest Foodways, and Highland Park Historical Society


Thursday January 13, 2022
7:00 pm Central Time

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Ossoli Club Cook Book (1911) and Highland Park Woman’s Club Cook Book (1925)