The Evanston History Center is open for research and self-guided tours!

124th Annual Meeting of the EHC

Walking Tours

  • Walking Tours
    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. “Evanston’s Lakefront” Tour is on June 19, 2021 at 11:00 am. Reserve your spot today!

46th Annual Mother’s Day House Walk-By

“Prairie School: The Hidden Story in Evanston”

The Evanston History Center announces the 46th annual Mother’s Day House Walk-By “Prairie School: The Hidden Story in Evanston” will take place beginning Sunday, May 9, 2021. Join us as we celebrate Mother’s Day and continue an Evanston History Center tradition.

Frogtown Self-Guided Walking Tour

  • Frogtown and the North Ridge: An Evanston Neighborhood Tour
    With the arrival of spring, we are pleased to offer a new self-guided Evanston neighborhood tour. The tour uncovers the many stories of the north section of Ridge Avenue, from Emerson to Central Street. Click to learn more and buy a copy of the .pdf to enjoy this self-guided tour.

Reparations Research at the EHC

  • Reparations Research at the EHC
    The Evanston History Center (EHC) is pleased to announce that its research collection will be available for free to anyone who will be working on establishing a case for reparations in the City of Evanston. Appointments for using the research collection at the Evanston History Center can be made online.

EHC News and Blog Posts

  • Juneteenth
    Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. The holiday is celebrated on June 19 (hence the shortened word “Juneteenth”) and began in Galveston, Texas in 1866, a year after the end of the American Civil War. Click to read more.

Become a Member

  • Become a Member
    There has never been a more exciting time to join a vibrant community that enjoys and takes pride in, Evanston’s rich history.  With your membership, you also support the Evanston History Center’s mission to collect, preserve and share the history of our community for generations to come.

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Visit Us!

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.

Click here to learn why it’s a good idea to give, or click here to donate now.