Events


Saturday, August 24, 2019
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston, IL
Tickets: $100 (Adults); $50 (Students over 21)
Ticket includes admission, food, and drinks

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Pull out your flapper dress or best gangster fashion and come celebrate all the great work the Evanston History Center does to illuminate our town’s 150+ years!

Join us for An Evening at the Blind Pig Speakeasy. Relax first at the Temperance Tea Room for light refreshments (non-alcoholic of course!) overlooking the lake as the sun sets, or bring your password and head right to the Speakeasy.  There enjoy the sounds of the era with The Fat Babies Jazz Band, take advantage of the last drink before the History Center goes “dry” during our Prohibition commemoration, and learn to dance the Charleston and other early 20th century dances. Enjoy the fun — just hope we don’t get raided before we are done!

In January of 1919, the Prohibition Amendment to the Constitution went into effect.  Evanston was already the epicenter for the temperance and prohibition movements, modeling and influencing national trends and opinions.  In this centenary year, the Evanston History Center turns its summer gala into an opportunity for the community not only to view the Dry Evanston:  The Untold Story exhibit but to experience a little of the Prohibition Era vibe as our history comes alive!

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New Exhibit!  

Dry Evanston: The Untold Story

The battle over alcohol was formative in the early years of our nation. Dry Evanston: The Untold Story, a new exhibit at the Evanston History Center in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the 18th (Prohibition) Amendment, reveals how Evanston took on the fight, from its founding in the 1850s through the 20th century.

Dry Evanston: The Untold Story Exhibit

Starting in the early 19th century, many Americans felt that alcohol consumption was so harmful that it needed to be addressed, even prohibited. Others felt that this was unnecessary, governmental policing of behavior that was essentially harmless. Still others, brewers, distillers and distributors, could see the money to be made. Evanston was the epicenter for the temperance and prohibition movements, modeling and influencing national trends and opinions in dramatic and surprising ways.

Featuring original photographs, artifacts, archival materials and costumes that tell the story, Dry Evanston: the Untold Story will open on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Visitors to the history center can see the exhibit during regular tour hours – Thursday-Sunday from 1- 4 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. The exhibit will continue its run through January 2020.

Special joint tours of the Frances Willard House, home to the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, will be offered in conjunction with Dry Evanston. Purchase admission to either the Willard House or the Dawes House to receive your coupon for half-off tours at the other museum. Tours of the Willard House are available on Thursdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. from June-October of 2019.

In addition to the local story, the national story will be highlighted in the traveling exhibit Spirited: Prohibition in America which will visit the Evanston History Center for six weeks in fall of 2019.