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.