Events

Click on links below to see more info about each event.

Upcoming Events:

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!) 

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

Ongoing Events:

Evanston COVID-19 Pandemic Archive


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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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 Community History Project (ongoing)

Documenting the COVID-19 Pandemic

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. Learn more about this project by listening to Jill Schacter’s interview with project organizer Jenny Thompson on the Evanston Public Library’s podcast, “The Checkout”: https://www.epl.org/thecheckout/

We are now seeking digital contributions, from images to documents. We want to ensure that Evanston’s experiences are documented for future generations. You can read the submission guidelines here. You must be 18 years of age or older to submit to the archive.

What would you want people to know about this time 100 years from now?

How to Contribute:

  1. You can use this form to contribute a written document to the archive right now!
  2. You can submit photos or pdfs to EHC via email to Jenny Thompson:
    jthompson@evanstonhistorycenter.org.

Please make sure you identify your items by providing as much information as you are able. Name of creator, date created, place, etc.

What to contribute? It may be an idea, an observation, a reflection, a photo or scan of an Evanston scene or a sign on a shop, the record of your day, your feelings about Evanston’s particular response to the pandemic, etc. These contributions will constitute a community record of this time. We will house them in a new collection that will be available to researchers at the Evanston History Center at a later date.

Although we are not currently accepting physical donations to the archive, we hope that you will consider preserving items for future donation.

Please contact Jenny Thompson at jthompson@evanstonhistorycenter.org with questions or to submit your contribution via email. Thank you for contributing your story!

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