The Evanston History Center is open for research and self-guided tours!

You’re Invited to the 46th Annual Mother’s Day House Walk-By

  • “Prairie School: The Hidden Story in Evanston”
    The Evanston History Center announces the 46th annual Mother’s Day House Walk-By “Prairie School: The Hidden Story in Evanston” will take place beginning Sunday, May 9, 2021. Join us as we celebrate Mother’s Day and continue an Evanston History Center tradition.

Frogtown Self-Guided Walking Tour

  • Frogtown and the North Ridge: An Evanston Neighborhood Tour
    With the arrival of spring, we are pleased to offer a new self-guided Evanston neighborhood tour. The tour uncovers the many stories of the north section of Ridge Avenue, from Emerson to Central Street. Click to learn more and buy a copy of the .pdf to enjoy this self-guided tour.

Reparations Research at the EHC

  • Reparations Research at the EHC
    The Evanston History Center (EHC) is pleased to announce that its research collection will be available for free to anyone who will be working on establishing a case for reparations in the City of Evanston. Appointments for using the research collection at the Evanston History Center can be made online.

EHC News and Blog Posts

  • One Year Later: An Evanston Survey
    How has the last year been for you? What would you like to share about how the pandemic has impacted you? In an effort to capture and record something of Evanston residents’ (and those who go to school or work in Evanston but live elsewhere) experiences of this critical historical time, the Evanston History Center (EHC) invites people to fill out a survey documenting their experiences of and reflections on the last year.

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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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.