The EHC has begun a phased reopening. Scroll down to learn more about our events, accessing the research room, and visiting for a tour.

Upcoming Events

Historic Apartment Buildings – Walking Tour

The next walking tour, Historic Apartment Buildings, will be on Saturday, October 3. This tour through southeast Evanston will explore how different architectural styles popular for Evanston’s houses were also applied to its apartment buildings, from Gothic Revival to Arts and Crafts. Click to learn more.

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UTB Goes Virtual!

Under the Buffalo goes virtual this fall! Our second lecture is a conversation with Spencer Jourdain, author of “The Dream Dancers,” and Dino Robinson, founder and executive director of Shorefront Legacy Center. Click to learn more about how to attend this exciting event!

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Thanks for attending Jacqueline Saper’s talk

Thanks to everyone who came out to hear Jacqueline Saper talk about her experiences growing up and living in Iran during the rule of the Shah (Mohammad Reza Pahlavi), the revolution, and the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It was quite a fascinating talk and from the buzz afterward, it was clear that…

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Event Postponed! “Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote” Presentation

This event has been postponed until further notice. We plan to reschedule and will widely publicize the new date.

See news scroll to learn more about the measures EHC is implementing around COVID-19.

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We are open

EHC is beginning a phased reopening for exhibits and self-guided tours

The Evanston History Center is beginning a phased reopening for exhibits and self-guided tours in late August. New measures will be implemented for the safety of our staff and visitors. Click “Read More” to find out how you can sign-up to visit.

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The EHC Research Room and Archive is reopening

The Evanston History Center Research Room will be reopening with some restrictions for public health and safety. The number of visitors will be limited for each day, click to learn more about how you can sign up for a research slot.

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Ongoing Events

Year of Suffrage!

Click here to learn more about the upcoming events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment!

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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 to learn more.

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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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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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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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Update from the EHC on COVID-19

To our members, friends, and visitors: The Board of the Evanston History Center has the health and safety of our visitors and staff as our primary concern. Beginning Monday, March 16, we will suspend tours, access to the research room, and programs until further notice. The situation may change, so please check our website. Like many…

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Events Calendar

September 2020

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Michigan Meanderings Walking Tour
  • Virtual UTB: The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President
  • Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers Book Launch with Martha S. Jones
  • Burnham in Evanston Walking Tour

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.