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Upcoming Events

Pop Up Talk

“A Turbulent Story of History:”
The 1968 Takeover and Black Student Activism at Northwestern University
A Presentation by Jenny Thompson author of The Takeover 1968
Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 20, 2020
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston
Admission: Free
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Just 19 days after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in Memphis in April 1968, a group of Black students at Northwestern University submitted a list of demands to university officials. Soon, they would undertake an act of civil disobedience: the occupation of Northwestern’s Bursar’s Office. Join us for a look at this action, its history, and its connections to the larger civil rights movement in America.


Under the Buffalo Lecture
Series: Winter 2020


“Local Elections:”
The Past and Future of BallotReady

Presentation by Alex Niemczewski co-founder and CEO of BallotReady.org
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Reception 6:30 pm
Lecture 7:00 pm
Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston, IL
Admission: $10. Payable at the door. MC/Visa/Cash. EHC Members are Free!
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Join us for a presentation by Alex Niemczewski, co-founder and CEO BallotReady, a free nonpartisan online election voter guide. Soon after its founding in Chicago in 2015, BallotReady won the New Venture Challenge at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Since then, it has grown exponentially and now covers every race in elections nationwide. In 2018, the Chicago start-up received the Social Innovator Award at the 17th annual Chicago Innovation Awards. Niemczewski will discuss the history and future of BallotReady, and she will explore current strategies to increase voter turnout and the impact the dissemination of information can have on elections.


“From Miniskirt to Hijab:
The Story of a Girl Living in Revolutionary Iran

Presentation by Jacqueline Saper
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Reception 6:30 pm
Lecture 7:00 pm
Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston, IL
Admission: $10. Payable at the door. MC/Visa/Cash. EHC Members are Free!
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Jacqueline Saper, named after Jacqueline Kennedy, was born in Tehran to Iranian and British parents. At eighteen she witnessed the civil unrest of the 1979 Iranian revolution and continued to live in the Islamic Republic during its most volatile times, including the Iran-Iraq War. In her recently published memoir, From Miniskirt to Hijab, Saper recounts her privileged childhood in prerevolutionary Iran and how she gradually became aware of the paradoxes in her life and community—primarily the disparate religions and cultures. Saper will discuss her experiences and offer insight into the global fight for women’s rights. A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of From Miniskirt to Hijab will be available for sale at the event.


“Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote”
Presentation by Lori Osborne
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Reception 6:30 pm
Lecture 7:00 pm
Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston, IL
Admission: $10. Payable at the door. MC/Visa/Cash. EHC Members are Free!
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August 2020 marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. Evanston women were integral to the local, state, and national suffrage movements. Women such as Frances Willard, Elizabeth Boynton Harbert, and Catharine Waugh McCulloch created successful strategies in support of broader citizenship rights for all women. Lori Osborne, EHC Historian and Director of the Evanston Women’s History Project, will give a talk based on her research for EHC’s exhibit, “Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote,” which opens March 8, 2020.


“Presidents’ Day at the Dawes House”
Monday, February 17, 2020
Open House 1-3 pm, with a Special Dawes House tour at 1:30 pm
Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston, IL
Admission: $10. Payable at the door. MC/Visa/Cash. EHC Members are Free!

The Dawes House once served as campaign HQ for Charles Dawes when he ran for US Vice President with Calvin Coolidge in the 1924 presidential election. Join us on Presidents’ Day for a docent-led tour of the house, highlighting the political stories (and objects) within the National Historical Landmark Home. Reservations not required. Admission: $10. EHC Members are Free!


Cupid’s Cabaret at the Dawes House with the Fat Babies Jazz Ensemble

Friday, February 14, 2020
7:00 -9:00 PM
Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston
Admission: $35/person
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Join the Fat Babies Jazz Ensemble at the Evanston History Center on Friday, February 14, 2020, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Come alone, bring a friend, bring a group! Enjoy wine and light refreshments, and a hot jazz trio from the Fat Babies.


Year of Suffrage!

August 26, 2020, will mark a significant moment in American women’s history: the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. Evanston women were integral to the local, state and national women’s suffrage movements.

To see a full list of 2020 events click here to visit the Evanston Women’s History Project site.

Now Open
Rightfully Hers, a popup exhibition from the National Archives commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Rightfully Hers contains simple messages exploring the history of the ratification of the 19th amendment, women’s voting rights before and after the 19th, and its impact today. The exhibit will be on display through January at the Evanston Civic Center, 2nd Floor Gallery, 2100 Ridge Avenue.

Save the Date
Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote
For International Women’s Day, Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote, a new exhibit at the Evanston History Center, will hold an opening from 1-4 p.m. Telling the story of Evanston women and their strategic and critical work for women’s suffrage, the exhibit features archival resources, artifacts, and costumes from the EHC collection. Free to the public.