NAPERVILLE, IL — Naper Settlement, a nationally accredited outdoor history museum, announces an open call for stories that highlight the contributions of local women and girls in the community. Female-identifying residents of Naperville are eligible to nominate themselves or be nominated for inclusion in the museum’s 2020 celebration, HERstory. The call for submissions is the first phase in a year-long effort to bring the stories of women and girls of the past and present to the forefront.
Featuring 100 women, HERstory will be held in conjunction with the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s passage, granting women’s suffrage. Those selected will be featured throughout the year in temporary public art pieces, some of the museum’s events, exhibits, programming, website, social media, and more.
The campaign will begin with a celebration of the legacy of Naperville’s single largest philanthropist, Caroline Martin Mitchell, who upon her death established a perpetual charitable trust benefiting the City of Naperville with her home, carriage house, and surrounding 212 acres. She instructed that her home and orchards, now known as Naper Settlement, be used as a museum and community gathering place, with the remainder devoted for the public good. This includes what is now known as Knoch Park, Naperville Central High School, the garden plots, the Carillion, and more.
“Her story happens every day, in our homes and our communities. Women are mothers, sisters, athletes, artists, professionals, activists, and role models. They inspire every day, and craft their own legacy, just as Caroline Martin Mitchell did when establishing our grounds as a community gathering place and museum. We’re honored to be the storytellers and keepers of Naperville’s history, past and present. HERstory is an exciting opportunity to tell an inclusive story of the amazing women in our community,” said Rena Tamayo-Calabrese, president and CEO of Naper Settlement.
Submissions require either a 250-word written entry or one-minute long video entry detailing how the nominee has made an impact in the community – by overcoming obstacles, showcasing leadership, and/or empowering others. To learn more about Naper Settlement’s year of HERstory and to nominate a woman in the community, visit www.NaperSettlement.org/HERstory.
Naper Settlement is on a mission to tell her story as it happens, while sharing the often-overlooked contributions women have made throughout history. Throughout 2020, in conjunction with the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s passage, the museum will highlight 100 women and girls in the community. This year-long celebration will be woven into Naper Settlement’s programs, events, exhibits, and more. For a full line-up of HERstory events and programming, please visit NaperSettlement.org/HERstory.
About Naper Settlement
Naper Settlement is a nationally accredited, award-winning outdoor history museum set on 13 magnificent acres in the heart of Naperville. Located 30 miles from Chicago, the museum is home to thirty historical structures dating back as early as the 1830s. Featuring exhibits, special events, educational programming and more, Naper Settlement is where history comes alive and the community comes to connect. For more information, visit www.napersettlement.org or call (630) 420-6010.
About Naperville Heritage Society
Founded in 1969, the Naperville Heritage Society is a not-for-profit organization and administrator of Naper Settlement, the City of Naperville’s museum. With a commitment to the community and a focus to the future, the mission of the Naperville Heritage Society is to collect, document, preserve, and support the history of Naperville, Illinois past and present.
NAPERVILLE LIONS TO HOST “PIZZA WARS”
Proceeds to benefit vision and hearing issues.
Who has the best pizza in Naperville? Come out to sample pizza from nine of Naperville’s finest pizzerias. Then vote for your favorite, all while supporting a great cause.
The Naperville Noon Lions Club will be hosting its 1st annual “Pizza Wars” on February 19, 2020 at Naperville Central High School cafeteria, 440 Aurora Avenue, Naperville 60540 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm. This is a family-friendly event and a great way to treat yourself and your family to a delicious pizza dinner. After tasting pizza from nine of Naperville’s finest pizzerias attendees will have the opportunity to cast a vote for the best sauce, best crust and best overall pizza. At the end of the evening, winners will be crowned in each category.
Tickets can be obtained on-line at www.napervillepizzawars.com for $10 each or at the door on February 19th for $15. Tickets should be obtained early as this event may be a sellout.
Proceeds from this event will support the Naperville Noon Lions Foundation Social Service Program which provides eye examinations, eyeglasses and hearing examinations free of charge to those qualified families and other individuals in the Naperville area who cannot afford these services. In addition, research and education grants are provided related to vision and hearing issues. In the past fiscal year, 325 individuals were provided free services which cost the Naperville Lions Foundation approximately $110,000.
For more information visit Lion’s web-site at https://napervillenoonlions.org, e-mail at email@example.com, facebook.com/napervillepizzawars or call 630-364-3922
This past Christmas we took a long road trip around the Eastern and Southeastern U.S. and one of our stops was NOLA; always such fun! We only had one night, and literally I mean our total length of time was about 11 hours, but we managed to make the most of it!
Bourbon Street ✓
Beignets at Cafe du Monde✓
Strolling through French Quarter✓
This Christmas was the first time in 4 years that we had some of the kids for the holidays and we wanted to make sure we made the most of it. We had my 12yr old and 20yr old stepdaughters and we asked them what they wanted to do. We took them to see my family and then drove from Illinois to Philadelphia to surprise my mother in law on Christmas day. It is also her first time seeing the kids in 4 years (at all). It was such a special time!
After a week we had to send the youngest home and then asked the oldest one what she wanted to do for the rest of the trip. Her answer? Disney. If a 20yr old, college sophomore wants to go with her family to Disney World, not only is that a little flattering but that is something we absolutely had to make happen. We did just that.
A few days of driving to Orlando for a couple of days with Mickey…. Priceless. I am forever grateful for the time we were able to spend with the kids this holiday season, bonding and making memories that will last a lifetime.
The past two months have been a roller coaster for our family and required a break to focus. I am happy to say that it is 2020 and I am back! I am so looking forward to experiencing 2020 with you all and for all of the amazing things, 2020 has in store!
Here is to a new decade! Join us at our first ladies’ night out of 2020 at Tap in Pub City Gate! Grab your FREE ticket here. For information regarding partnerships, vendors, sponsors, swag bags and more please email Ally at Naperville@housewivesinthecity.com.
Hi, i’m Ally!
I am a wife, stepmom, puppy mom and lover of all things travel! I am so excited to connect with you all at our local events!