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Starting Friday, 11/20/2020 the EHC will be closed in accordance with the Illinois Tier 3 Mitigation Requirements. Scroll down to see virtual events.

Upcoming Events

“A Turbulent Story of History:” The 1968 Takeover and Black Student Activism at Northwestern University

Join Dr. Jenny Thompson, EHC Director of Education and author of “The Takeover 1968: Student Protest, Campus Politics, and Black Student Activism at Northwestern University” for a virtual presentation on Dr. Martin Luther King Day – Monday, January 18 from 12:00-1:15pm. Click “read more” to learn more.

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Under the Buffalo Lecture Series – Winter 2021

Tour without travel! Join the Evanston History Center for a virtual historical journey, with stops in Evanston & Chicago. Click “read more” to learn more about the Evanston History Center’s Winter 2021 Under the Buffalo Lecture series and how to register online!

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Online Shop

Shop our online store for unique books, posters, ornaments – and more! – that recall and examine Evanston’s fascinating history. Every purchase supports the EHC and we thank you for your patronage!

Click “read more” for more info, a full list of items, and prices!

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Community Collecting Project

Capturing History: Evanston 2020

What symbolized 2020 for you?

Evanston History Center invites you to participate in
Capturing History: Evanston 2020
A time capsule to be housed at the Charles Gates Dawes house and opened in 2031.

Click on “read more” to find out more info.

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Evanston Community History Project (ongoing)

The Evanston History Center announces the launch of an archive and digital record dedicated to documenting the COVID-19 pandemic in Evanston and surrounding areas. We are now seeking digital contributions, from images to documents.

Click “Read More” to see how to contribute and submission guidelines.

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Annual Appeal & Membership

Evanston History Center Annual Appeal

Your year-end gift is vitally important this year. EHC’s income was drastically reduced due to COVID-19. Generous foundations have collectively offered to match year-end gifts to help us offset losses incurred from being closed.

Click “read more” to learn more about our highlights from 2020 and how you can donate to the annual appeal!

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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.

Click “read more” to learn more.

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News

Cold, Gray Days in Evanston: A World War and a Pandemic, 1918

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 …

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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. …

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Self-Guided Walking Tours

45th Annual Mother’s Day House “Walk-by”

Thank you to all of our sponsors who are helping us make the 45th annual Mother’s Day House “Walk-By” happen this year. You can still purchase House Walk-by books and support the Evanston History Center.

Click “read more” to learn more.

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Self-Guided Walking Tours

Heading out for a walk? Stop by the Evanston History Center to pick up a historic walking tour to go on. Maps are located on the side porch, inside the door. You can also download a PDF to print at home or to use it on your mobile device.

Click “Read More” to see and download walking tours.

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EHC Temporarily Closed

EHC temporarily closed for tours starting 11/20/2020

The Evanston History Center will be closed four tours until further notice starting 11/20/2020 in accordance with the Illinois Tier 3 Mitigation Requirements to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please stay tuned for virtual holiday tours.

If you have any questions please contact Kris Hartzell at khartzell@evanstonhistorycenter.org.

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EHC Research Room and Archive temporarily closed starting 11/20/2020

The Evanston History Center research room and archive will be closing until further notice starting 11/20/2020 in accordance with the Illinois Tier 3 Mitigation Requirements to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

If you have a research question please contact Grace Lehner at glehner@evanstonhistorycenter.org.

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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.