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Under the Buffalo Lecture Series

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.


  • One Year Later: An Evanston Community 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.
  • Cold, Gray Days in Evanston: A World War and a Pandemic, 1918
    Jenny Thompson, PhD, Director of Education 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 war against Germany in April 1917, the U.S. armed forces had grown … Read more

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!

Walking Tours

  • Walking Tours
    The Evanston History Center offers lively docent-led walking tours of Evanston neighborhoods, downtown, and the lakefront. The tours provide fun and fascinating insights into the history of Evanston, its architecture, and the cultural landscape.
  • 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.

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

September 2021

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  • Evanston's Lakefront Walking Tour
  • Burnham in Evanston Walking Tour
  • Forgotten Veterans, Invisible Memorials: How American Women Commemorated the Great War, 1917-1945 A Presentation by Allison S. Finkelstein

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.