In accordance with the City of Evanston Health Department mitigation order, proof of vaccination is required for entry beginning January 10, 2022. All visitors to the Evanston History Center must wear a mask for the duration of their visit inside the Dawes House.

Under the Buffalo Lecture Series

Thursday, February 10, 2022
7:00 pm
Admission: $10. EHC Members Free.
Registration Required. Click Here to Register.

Diorama-Rama! Exhibit

  • Diorama-Rama!
    Opening July 10, 2021 – Diorama-Rama! In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the invention of the diorama, the Evanston History Center will showcase the historic dioramas in our collection. The exhibit combines dioramas with related media such as building models and art, including a beautifully woven tapestry panorama of Evanston.


  • One Year Later: An Evanston Community Survey
    How has the last year been for you? What would you like to share about how the pandemic has impacted you? In an effort to capture and record something of Evanston residents’ (and those who go to school or work in Evanston but live elsewhere) experiences of this critical historical time, the Evanston History Center (EHC) invites people to fill out a survey documenting their experiences of and reflections on the last year.
  • Cold, Gray Days in Evanston: A World War and a Pandemic, 1918
    Jenny Thompson, PhD, Director of Education In April 1918, there were a lot of things to fear. The First World War, now in its fourth devastating year, was reaching a critical level for the United States. In the year since the country declared war against Germany in April 1917, the U.S. armed forces had grown … Read more
  • Knowing our history is a powerful means to make meaningful and positive change
    At EHC, we oppose racism in all its many forms. We believe that knowing our history is a powerful means to make meaningful and positive change. This year’s house walk featured the homes and stories of Evanston women and women’s organizations that had positive impacts on the community through their work in suffrage and politics.  … Read more

Give your gift today!

  • Evanston History Center Annual Appeal
    The Evanston History Center Board of Trustees and Staff extend to you warmest wishes for a Joyous Holiday Season. Eden Juron Pearlman, Executive Director, is celebrating her 25th year at the Evanston History Center! We are recognizing this remarkable achievement by raising funds to name the Executive Director’s Office in her honor. Click to give your gift today!

Did you miss the Evanston Stormwater Management 101 event? Watch online!

On November 18, 2021, we hosted Dick Lanyon to discuss stormwater management in Evanston.

The event was sold out! As promised, we are sharing the recording of the presentation. You can watch it here: Feel free to share! You can also learn more about Dick Lanyon by clicking the link above.

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.

Events Calendar

January 2022

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  • Until Justice Be Done: America's First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction

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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.

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