Events


Upcoming Events:

(Scroll down for more info about each event below)

Evanston History Center’s Under the Buffalo (Virtual) Lecture Series, Fall 2021:

“Forgotten Veterans, Invisible Memorials: How American Women Commemorated the Great War, 1917–1945,” A Presentation by Allison S. Finkelstein, Thursday, September 30, 2021, 7 pm-8 pm (CST) (Hosted on Zoom)

“Photographic Presidents: Making History From Daguerreotype to Digital,” A Presentation by Cara A. Finnegan Thursday, October 14, 2021, 7 pm-8 pm (CST) (Hosted on Zoom)

Ongoing Events:

Frogtown and the North Ridge: An Evanston Neighborhood Tour
Self-guided tour

46th Annual Mother’s Day House Walk-By
House Walk-By begins on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, 2021, or on any day after (and as many times as you choose!) 


Under the Buffalo (Virtual) Lecture Series, Fall 2021

Forgotten Veterans, Invisible Memorials: How American Women Commemorated the Great War, 1917-1945
A Presentation by Allison S. Finkelstein
Thursday, September 30, 2021, 7PM (CST) (Hosted on Zoom)
Admission: $10 (Payable online or call EHC at 847 475-3410). EHC members Free!
Registration Required: Click here to register

Join us for a presentation by historian Allison S. Finkelstein as she discusses her new book, Forgotten Veterans, Invisible Memorials: How American Women Commemorated the Great War, 1917–1945. Finkelstein examines the ground-breaking role American women played in commemorating those who served and sacrificed in World War I. She will discuss the ways American women pioneered a relatively new form of war commemoration that impacted American practices of remembrance, encouraging Americans to rethink their approach and provided new definitions of what constitutes a memorial. In the process, they shifted the course of American practices, even though their memorialization methods did not achieve the widespread acceptance they had hoped it would.

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Allison S. Finkelstein earned her Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Maryland, College
Park. She currently serves as a historian with the U.S. Army and previously worked for the U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services History Office and Library and the American Battle
Monuments Commission. Her first book, Forgotten Veterans, Invisible Memorials: How
American Women Commemorated the Great War, 1917-1945
, was published by the University
of Alabama Press in August 2021. From 2017 to 2018, the Arlington County Board (Virginia)
appointed her as the Chair of the Arlington World War I Commemoration Task Force.

The University of Alabama Press has generously offered a 30% discount on copies of Forgotten Veterans, Invisible Memorials. Use code FORGOTTEN30 and get your discount. To purchase click on: Forgotten Veterans, Invisible Memorials: How American Women Commemorated the Great War, 1917–1945

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Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital
A Presentation by Cara A. Finnegan
Thursday, October 14, 2021, 7PM (CST) (Hosted on Zoom)
Admission: $10 (Payable online or call EHC at 847 475-3410). EHC members Free!
Registration Required. Click here to register.

Join us for a presentation by Cara A. Finnegan as she discusses her new book, Photographic Presidents, Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital. Lincoln’s somber portraits. Lyndon Johnson’s swearing in. George W. Bush’s reaction to learning about the 9/11 attacks. Photography plays an indelible role in how we remember and defines American presidents. Cara A. Finnegan ventures from a newly discovered daguerreotype of John Quincy Adams to Barack Obama’s selfies to tell the stories of how presidents have participated in the medium’s transformative moments. As she shows, technological developments not only changed photography but introduced new visual values that influence how we judge an image. At the same time, presidential photographs—as representations of leaders who symbolized the nation—sparked public debate on these values and their implications.

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Cara A. Finnegan is a photography historian and professor of communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her previous books include Picturing Poverty: Print Culture and FSA Photographs (Smithsonian, 2003) and Making Photography Matter: A Viewer’s History from the Civil War to the Great Depression (Illinois, 2015). Since 2018 she has co-hosted Chatting The Pictures, a webcast that analyzes key news photos of the week. Dr. Finnegan earned her PhD at Northwestern University.

Purchase Photographic Presidents, Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital from Bookends & Beginnings here!

Thanks to our partners at Bookends & Beginnings for their support for this event!

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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 North Ridge, from Emerson to Central Street, provided a natural attraction to human habitation and development.  The adjacent wetlands held abundant wildlife, including a vociferous bullfrog population. Early accounts labeled this area “Frogtown” for the ubiquitous sound of their croaking.

The tour uncovers the many stories of the north section of Ridge Avenue, from Native American vestiges, through the early white farming community of Ridgeville, to the development of Evanston. The geography informed the location of the hospital, the canal, the railroad, and the earliest houses, farms, and factories. Discover the surprising remnants of Evanston’s oldest community and how their impact is still being felt today.

The tour includes many little-seen historical photographs of the area. It is available in a .pdf and can be purchased for $20 by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please contact Kris Hartzell at khartzell@evanstonhistorycenter.org.

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Evanston History Center’s 46th Annual Mother’s Day House Walk-By

The Evanston History Center announces the 46th annual Mother’s Day House Walk-By “Prairie School: The Hidden Story in Evanston.” The event will take place beginning Sunday, May 9, 2021. This House Walk-By tells the story of Evanston’s unique Prairie School architecture and focuses on homegrown architects with international reputations. We will share narratives of trendsetters, famous partnerships, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s sassy characterization of Evanstonians. Join us as we celebrate Mother’s Day and continue an Evanston History Center tradition.

Click here to purchase tickets!

This year’s House Walk will be Walk-By like the 2020 House Walk-By. Houses featured on the Walk-By will be exterior only. EHC invites people to (safely) walk, ride, or drive in order to take part in this year’s event. We invite ticket holders (following social distancing guidelines) to safely experience the House Walk-By beginning on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, 2021, or on any day after (and as many times as you choose!) 

House Walk-By patrons will receive an electronic version of the House Walk-By book through email by 11:00 am on Sunday, May 9, 2021. Hard copies will be available after May 14th by request for a $10 additional fee. As always, the electronic version will contain maps and extensive information on the homes, the architecture and architects, and the families. House Walk-By begins on Mother’s Day and continues throughout the year. Tickets may be purchased online throughout the year. Purchase tickets before 5 p.m. on May 8, 2021, and receive a $5 discount.

Your House Walk-By ticket purchase this year is especially important: the annual House Walk is one of EHC’s most important fundraisers, supplying needed resources for EHC to continue to operate throughout the year. Your ticket purchase and any additional donation (if possible) will ensure that the EHC can continue its mission to preserve and share Evanston’s history long into the future.

House Walk-By books will be delivered via e-mail as a PDF, an easily downloadable file. We will distribute physical books after May 14th in accordance with health safety guidelines. Addresses are not available in advance. House Walk-By tickets are nonrefundable.

Thank you for supporting the Evanston History Center!

House Walk tickets may be purchased by calling EHC at 847-475-3410 or by clicking here!  

House Walk tickets are $30 each. EHC members receive a $5 per ticket discount. Discount applies to only 2 tickets for Individual membership. Discount applies to 4 tickets for Household memberships and above. Additional tickets are full price. Click here to join the EHC. Children 12 and over require a ticket.

Thank you to our sponsors!



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