Come join UCWBG for a tour of Graceland Cemetery conducted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
During Chicago’s explosive growth, women played an enormously influential role in the city’s development. However, many have never heard of the women who conducted the Underground Railroad, purchased avant-garde paintings that became the basis of Modern Art, created the juvenile justice system, or broke up a plot to kill President Abraham Lincoln. These are just a few of the stories behind the some of the remarkable women buried at Graceland Cemetery.
The Women of Influence Tour highlights and celebrates the who, what, and how of women’s achievements in Chicago’s early history. With doors to professions, business and politics blocked or closed, women had to find their own paths to success. The women on this tour brought the riches they had – whether wealth and status, or intelligence and energy, or a passion for ideas – and collaborated together to build a better urban environment for all citizens of Chicago. The tour will also illustrate the influence several of the women had on some of the city’s most significant architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe and H.H. Richardson.
Among the women we’ll talk about are early settlers such as Juliette Kinzie and Mary Jane Richardson Jones, an African-American pioneer in civil rights. We’ll learn about social reform leaders such as Louise deKoven Bowen who became one of the guiding forces behind Jane Addams and Hull House; and see how advocates for art and culture like Ruth Page and Marion Mahony Griffin shaped Chicago.
The tour will also elaborate on Graceland’s beautiful Victorian style – the landscape, architecture and monuments that make Graceland Cemetery as famous as the people buried there.
The tour will last about 2 hours.