The EHC will be closed for research and guided tours on July 27. The house will be open for viewing for the Ice Cream Social.

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 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

Save the Date for the EHC ICS!

Don’t miss the Evanston History Center’s Annual Ice Cream Social on Saturday, July 27, 2019, from 1-3 pm (rain or shine). The social will feature Evanston’s “Let’s Play Trailer,” The Ridgeville Band, Kevin Kelly’s Magic Show, and Frozen Yogurt courtesy of Evanston’s Own YoFresh Yogurt Cafe. This event is free and open to everyone! Generous…

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Announcing the publication of The Takeover 1968

The Evanston History Center Press announces the publication of an in-depth look at this fascinating chapter in American history: The Takeover, 1968: Student Protest, Campus Politics, and Black Student Activism at Northwestern University by EHC Director of Education, Jenny Thompson. Learn more about the publication by clicking here.Click here to purchase a copy today. All proceeds benefit the…

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Building Permit for 225 Greenwood Street

We are celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the home of the Evanston History Center: The Charles Gates Dawes House. The building permit for the house was issued on June 29, 1894, to Rev. Robert Dickinson Sheppard. Building permits were relatively new to Evanston, having been instituted in 1892 when the city form of government was…

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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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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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