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

The Sorcerer’s Lair with David Parr

The Evanston History Center and award-winning magician David Parr welcome you to The Sorcerer’s Lair, an online livestream show where history, mystery and magic converge!

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We are open

The EHC Research Room and Archive is open

The Evanston History Center is beginning a phased reopening for the Research Room and Archive. 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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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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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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Highlights

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

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  • Downtown Evanston Walking Tour
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  • Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote
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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.