About Us

This website is a project of the Mother Jones Heritage Project, a non-profit organization incorporated in 2014. We are currently working on exhibits, walking tours, historical markers. We welcome your support and contributions, large and small.

If you are interested in getting involved, contact Director Rosemary Feurer 815-754-4750 or e-mail  [email protected]

Board of Directors, Mother Jones Heritage Project:

Rosemary Feurer — labor historian, Northern Illinois University

Margaret Fulkerson — Working Women’s History Project

Elliott Gorn — Loyola University, author Mother Jones: America’s Most Dangerous Woman

Marat Moore — Daughters of Mother Jones

Emily LaBarbera Twarog — University of Illinois

David Rathke– Eugene Debs Foundation

Saul Schniderman —  AFSCME; Secretary, Labor Heritage Foundation

Stephanie Seawell Fortado – University of Illinois

Judy Simpson  — Illinois Labor History Society

Academic Advisory Board, Mother Jones Heritage Project

Rosemary Feurer  — author, historian, public history project advisor, Northern Illinois University

Elliott Gorn  — author, Mother Jones, the Most Dangerous Woman in America, Loyola University

Simon Cordery  -author,  Mother Jones: Raising Cain and Consciousness, Western Illlinois Univeristy

Priscilla Long– author, Where the Sun Never Shines

Thomas Andrews, historian, author Killing For Coal, professor, University of Colorado, Boulder

Bucky Halker — Folksinger and Historian, Company of Folk

Greg Boozell — Journalist, filmmaker

Lara Vapnek —  St. John’s University  author of Breadwinners, Working Women and Economic Independence, 1865-1920

Statement of Purpose/Mission

The Mother Jones Heritage Project collaborates with a network of partners to collect, interpret, and preserve the legacy of labor activist Mary Harris “Mother” Jones. In addition, we profile the stories of the ordinary people who shaped their communities into a challenge to the existing social order based on inequality in the past, with the aim of thinking about the relevance to the world we have inherited.

Mother Jones was concerned with expanding workers’ rights; coal miners and their families were a vital part of that history.  The MJHP will focus on Mother Jones while uncovering and sharing the sites and stories of the lives of ordinary people affected by the fight for labor and human rights.

The project shares the Mother Jones legacy through museums, historic sites, tours, a website, and interactively through social media.

We have started in Illinois,  where Mother Jones began her agitating and where she chose to be buried. She thought this state was the birthplace of rank-and file industrial unionism in the United States.

Address for Mother Jones Heritage Project is 630 Joanne Lane DeKalb IL 60115.