The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association has a rich history in Oak Park dating back to1891. The women's suffrage movement and the founding of the Oak Park & River Forest Day Nursery are part of its legacy. The Association is dedicated to fostering education through onsite programs and college scholarships, as well as supporting charitable endeavors in the community. Men and women of all ethnicities and religious backgrounds are welcome. The organization accepts membership, donations, and bequests to maintain its accessible historic building and carry out its mission of learning and giving. It also hosts events for community organizations and for private needs. A wide variety of programs are offered October through May for the general public.