Lombard Historical Society to host ‘The Dream of American Democracy: A Social Gathering With Jane Addams’

The Lombard Historical Society will welcome Betsey Means of WomanLore as she presents “The Dream of American Democracy — A Social Gathering with Jane Addams,” on Saturday, March 23.

Join in this intimate visit with the founder of Hull House, as portrayed by acclaimed re-enactor Betsey Means of WomanLore: Performing Women in History. Stay for tea and cookies with Ms. Addams following the presentation.

It will begin at 2 p.m. in the Carriage House, 23 W. Maple St. in Lombard. This is a ticketed event.

Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers and are available on the website:

For more information about this event, or the Lombard Historical Society, visit, email or call (630) 629-1885

Addams worked at Hull-House from its founding to her death as a crusader for social justice, dedicating her life to advocating for the underprivileged and oppressed, fighting for the rights of workers, women, and children.

Considered a pioneer in the field of modern social work, Addams was the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 and at the time of her death in 1935 she was the most well-known female public figure in the United States.

Betsey Means is a professional actress with 20 years of experience who is dedicated to inspiring audiences through the language of the past. She has performed with the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare on the Green, Blue Rider Theatre, and the Chicago Children’s Theatre, among other groups. She is the artistic director of WomanLore which brings to life women in history who have made significant historical contributions. The scripts from WomenLore are adapted directly from the women’s own writings.

About the Lombard Historical Society

The Lombard Historical Society celebrates Lombard's heritage by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of Lombard and operates the Victorian Cottage Museum, the Carriage House and the Society’s Archives at 23 W. Maple St., and the Sheldon Peck Homestead (a National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Site) at 355 E. Parkside Ave. in Lombard.

The Sheldon Peck Homestead host activities and groups and are open for tours Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. The Victorian Cottage is open for tours Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. only.

The Lilac Emporium Gift Shop is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about hours, membership and volunteer and donor opportunities, visit, email or call (630) 629-1885.

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