The Evanston History Center will be closed for tours and research on Thursday, July 4. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Evening at the Blind Pig Speakeasy

Pull out your flapper dress or best gangster fashion and come celebrate all the great work the Evanston History Center does to illuminate our town?s 150+ years!

Join us for An Evening at the Blind Pig Speakeasy. Relax first at the Temperance Tea Room for light refreshments (non-alcoholic of course!) overlooking the lake as the sun sets, or bring your password and head right to the Speakeasy. There enjoy the sounds of the era with The Fat Babies Jazz Band, take advantage of the last drink before the History Center goes “dry” during our Prohibition commemoration, and learn to dance the Charleston and other early 20th century dances. Enjoy the fun — just hope we don’t get raided before we are done!

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Highlights

Thanks to Everyone Who Joined Us on the EHC on the Go Trip!

The trip to Prairie Avenue was a great success! We enjoyed a fascinating tour of Glessner House, Prairie Avenue, and Second Presbyterian Church. William Tyre, Curator and Program Director at the Glessner House, was our fascinating docent, shown here explaining the intricacies of Tiffany’s window creations at the church. Stay tuned for information about our…

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It’s Walking Tour Season!

The Evanston History Center offers lively docent-led walking tours of Evanston neighborhoods, downtown, and the lakefront. The tours provide fun and fascinating insights into the history of Evanston, its architecture, and the cultural landscape. All tours, unless otherwise stated, meet at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston. Tours vary and are occasionally repeated. Tours…

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Now Open at the Evanston History Center

Dry Evanston: The Untold Story The battle over alcohol was formative in the early years of our nation. Dry Evanston: The Untold Story, a new exhibit at the Evanston History Center in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the 18th (Prohibition) Amendment, reveals how Evanston took on the fight, from its founding in the 1850s…

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100 Years Ago – Prohibition Amendment is Ratified

100 Years Ago – Prohibition Amendment is Ratified by Lori Osborne, EHC Historian January 16, 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 18th amendment, making national prohibition of alcohol the law of the land. While prohibition itself did not fully take effect until one year later in January 1920 (when the Volstead…

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Upcoming Events

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View Toward the Future: The Capital Campaign

History is alive at the Dawes House. Each year, thousands come to explore the questions history provokes, feel the excitement of discovery, and experience the thrill of examining artifacts and reading directly from original documents.

All of us who care about preserving Evanston’s history have the opportunity to safeguard one of our most visible and important artifacts, the Dawes House. The Capital Campaign will ensure that, with your help.

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