COVID19 Mask Protocol: All visitors to the Evanston History Center must wear a mask for the duration of their visit inside the Dawes House!


Special Halloween Event


  • Special Halloween Event!
    Join bestselling author Dean Jobb as he tells the true story of a Victorian Era monster, the ruthless “Lambeth Poisoner.”

New 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.

News


  • October is American Archives Month!
    Visit the EHC Archives! The Evanston History Center’s Archival Collection is extensive and offers a comprehensive view of Evanston over time. For a complete list of the EHC’s archival collections click here to see Processed Collections. Click here to learn more about visiting!

We need your feedback …


  • Virtual Events Survey
    We would love your feedback on Evanston History Center’s virtual events. Please take a moment to click here and fill out a brief survey.

Evanston Beaches


  • A Shifting Shoreline: A Look at Evanston’s Beaches
    Beaches today are widely viewed as sites of recreation, relaxing places where land meets sea. But the history of these sites is nothing if not natural. Evanston’s lakefront has undergone both physical and symbolic changes over the years, from being viewed as fraught with peril for ships and bathers alike to being seen as communal recreation areas for beach goers looking for some fun in the sun. Click to read more about Evanston’s shoreline!

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


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  • Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital A Presentation by Cara A. Finnegan
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  • The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: A Presentation by Dean Jobb
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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.