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45th Annual Mother’s Day House “Walk-By”
Evanston COVID-19 Pandemic Archive
Year of Suffrage
September 2020 UTB: The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President

Evanston History Center’s 45th Annual Mother’s Day House “Walk-By”

The Evanston History Center announces that its 45th annual Mother’s Day House Walk will take place in 2020! But in order to be safe, things will be a bit different this year.

Click here to purchase tickets!

This year’s House Walk will be “Walk-By.” 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 10, 2020, or on any day after (and as many times as you choose!) 

In honor of the centennial of the passage of the nineteenth amendment, giving American women the right to vote, this year, EHC highlights the homes of Evanston women who fought for suffrage and those who served their community through elected office.

This year, as in years past, House Walk tickets come in the form of a handsome book with scores of scholarly house histories and images that highlight the homes of the many women on this year’s tour. This year, we’ve expanded both the book’s content and the number of homes on the walk. The book will guide you as you stop at each location around Evanston. Visitors will not be allowed inside any homes, but will be able to view the houses’ exteriors while learning about the houses’ history, architecture, and the significance of the women who lived there.

This year, House Walk books will be delivered to ticket holders via email as a PDF, an easily downloadable file. EHC also plans to distribute physical books on or after May 10, 2020, in accordance with the current health safety guidelines.  

Your House Walk 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. With EHC’s recent physical closure in March 2020, resources for regular operations are in question. 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 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. Join EHC online or by phone and receive your discount! Children 12 and over require a ticket.

Tickets and discounted member tickets may be purchased online until 5 p.m. May 9, 2020. Tickets may be purchased online throughout the month of May for $35 each. Addresses are not available in advance. House Walk tickets are non-refundable. Visa, MC, and checks are accepted.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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”:

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:

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 with questions or to submit your contribution via email. Thank you for contributing your story!

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.

New Exhibit!
The exhibit Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote, which recently opened at the Evanston History Center, can be viewed in a digital format by clicking here.

This new exhibit at the Evanston History Center commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave American women the right to vote.

Under the Buffalo Lecture
Series: Fall 2020

The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President

A presentation by Jill Wine-Banks
Thursday, September 17, 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!
Reservations Recommended: Make a reservation here.

A book signing, made possible by Bookends and Beginnings, will follow the presentation. Copies of The Watergate Girl will be on sale at the event.

Join us for a presentation by Jill Wine-Banks whose recently published memoir, The Watergate Girl, explores a variety of issues that resonate today.

About The Watergate Girl:

Obstruction of justice, lies from the White House, sexism at work, shocking revelations: Jill Wine-Banks takes us inside her trial by fire as a Watergate prosecutor.

It was a time, much like today, when Americans feared for the future of their democracy and women stood up for equal treatment. At the crossroads of the Watergate scandal and the women’s movement stood a young lawyer named Jill Wine Volner (as she was then known), barely thirty years old and the only woman on the team that prosecuted the highest-ranking White House officials. Called “the mini-skirted lawyer” by the press, she fought to receive the respect accorded her male counterparts―and prevailed.

In The Watergate Girl, Jill Wine-Banks takes us inside this troubled time in American history, and it is impossible to read about the crimes of Richard Nixon and the people around him without drawing parallels to today’s headlines. The book is also the story of a young woman who sought to make her professional mark while trapped in a failing marriage, buffeted by sexist preconceptions, and harboring secrets of her own. Her house was burgled, her phones were tapped, and even her office garbage was rifled through.

At once a cautionary tale and an inspiration for those who believe in the power of justice and the rule of law, The Watergate Girl is a revelation about our country, our politics, and who we are as a society.

Jill Wine-Banks is an MSNBC legal analyst, appearing regularly on the network’s primetime and daytime shows and also appearing on PBS, Canadian and Australian networks, Sirius XM, NPR and other radio shows and podcasts. She began her career as an organized crime prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice, which led to her selection as one of three assistant Watergate special prosecutors in the obstruction of justice trial against President Nixon’s top aides. She has also served as general counsel of the U.S. Army, solicitor general and deputy attorney general of the state of Illinois, and chief operating officer of the American Bar Association. In each case, she was the first woman to hold the position. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the Columbia Law School. She has written OpEds for the, Chicago Tribune, Politico, and Huffington Post. She has also been featured in several documentaries and films, including Academy Award winner Charles Ferguson’s Watergate, or How We Got Control of an Out of Control President, Robert Redford’s All The President’s Men Revisited, ABC 20/20, and Michael Moore’s Farenheit 11/9.

Read more about Jill Wine-Banks

Many thanks to Bookends and Beginnings for making the book signing for this event possible!