Events


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Past Events:

Some of our events are available on the Evanston History Center’s YouTube page.

Evanston Stormwater Management 101 with Dick Lanyon: https://bit.ly/EvanstonStormwater101

The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream with Dean Jobb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGm4CQ-eS3U

Upcoming Events:

(Scroll down for more info about each event below)

“Landscapes of Hope: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago,” A Virtual Presentation by Brian McCammack
Thursday, February 10, 2022
7:00 pm
Admission: $10, EHC Members free. Registration Required: Click Here to Register

“Standing Together: Inez Milholland’s Final Campaign for Women’s Suffrage,” A Virtual Presentation by Jeanine Michna-Bales
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
7:00 pm
Admission: $10, EHC Members free. Registration Required: Click Here to Register

“A Look at the Edith Farnsworth House & Historic Site,” A Virtual Presentation by Scott Mehaffey
Thursday, April 5, 2022
7:00 pm
Admission: $10. EHC Members Free. Registration Required. Click here to register.

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!) 


“Landscapes of Hope: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago”
A Virtual Presenation by Brian McCammack

Thursday, February 10, 2022
7:00 pm
Admission: $10. EHC Members Free.
Registration Required. Click Here to Register.

Join us for a virtual presentation by Brian McCammack, author of the award-winning Landscapes of Hope: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago. Between 1915 and 1940, hundreds of thousands of African Americans left the rural South to begin new lives in the urban North. In Chicago, the Black population quintupled to more than 275,000. Most historians map the integration of southern and northern black culture by looking at labor, politics, and popular culture. An award-winning environmental historian, Brian McCammack charts a different course, considering instead how Black Chicagoans forged material and imaginative connections to nature.

The first major history to frame the Great Migration as an environmental experience, Landscapes of Hope takes us to Chicago’s parks and beaches as well as to the youth camps, vacation resorts, farms, and forests of the rural Midwest. Situated at the intersection of race and place in American history, it traces the contours of a black environmental consciousness that runs throughout the African American experience.

Brian McCammack is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois. He previously taught in Environmental Studies at Williams College, History at Tufts University, and History & Literature at Harvard University. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in the History of American Civilization and his Master’s from the American Studies department at Purdue University.

Landscapes of Hope: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago:

“A major work of history that brings together African-American history and environmental studies in exciting ways.”
―Davarian L. Baldwin, Journal of Interdisciplinary History


Winner of the Frederick Jackson Turner Award
Winner of the George Perkins Marsh Prize
Winner of the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize

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“Standing Together: Inez Milholland’s Final Campaign for Women’s Suffrage.”
A Virtual Presentation by Jeanine Michna-Bales

Part of the series, “Standing Together: Photographs of Inez Milholland’s Final Campaign for Woman’s Suffrage”, 2016 – 2020.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022
7:00 pm
Admission: $10. EHC Members Free.
Registration Required. Click here to register.

Join us on International Women’s Day for a presentation by Jeanine Michna-Bales who will discuss her multifaceted meditation on a pioneer of American suffrage: Standing Together: Inez Milholland’s Final Campaign for Women’s Suffrage. Since 2016, Michna-Bales has been researching the Suffrage chapter of American history. Through photography, writing and ephemera, Standing Together champions a little-known figure who was at the forefront of the suffrage movement in the early 20th century, Inez Milholland Boissevain (1886 – 1916).

In October 1916, suffragist Inez Milholland was appointed as a “special flying envoy” to make a 12,000-mile swing through the American West. She was part of a radical campaign by the National Woman’s Party to send dozens of suffragists from the East out to 12 Western states and territories where women had the right to vote. Traveling with her sister Vida, Inez embarked on a grueling campaign traversing eight states in 21 days. Her itinerary, brutal even by today’s travel standards, consisted of street meetings, luncheons, railroad station rallies, press interviews, teas, auto parades, dinner receptions, and speeches in the West’s grandest theaters.

Join us for this special presentation and learn more about Inez’s journey and Michna-Bales’ process to conceptualize this important narrative using her tremendous artistic talents and insights.

Jeanine Michna-Bales is a fine artist working in the field of photography. Her work explores our fundamentally important relationships – to the land, to other people, and to oneself – and how they impact contemporary society. Her Michna-Bales’s latest photographic essay on the American Suffrage Movement, Standing Together: Inez Milholland’s Final Campaign for Women’s Suffrage, was featured in the July/August 2020 summer issue of Smithsonian Magazine and the Arts section of The New York Times. An in-depth publication from MW Editions was released in May 2021 and a traveling exhibition will launch in 2022.

Michna-Bales’s work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the United States.  Her work is in many permanent collections including the Library of Congress, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Portland Art Museum, and Princeton University Art Museum. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including BBC World News, The Atlantic, Dallas Morning News, and The Washington Post. Her exhibit THROUGH DARKNESS TO LIGHT: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad was previously on display at the Evanston History Center. A comprehensive publication of the Underground Railroad series, Through Darkness to Light, was released in 2017 by Princeton Architectural Press and includes a foreword by Andrew Young. An accompanying traveling exhibition through Mid-America Arts Alliance is currently touring the country through 2027. Learn more about Michna-Bales: https://www.jmbalesphotography.com/

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“A Look at the Edith Farnsworth House & Historic Site”
A Virtual Presentation by Scott Mehaffey

Tuesday, April 5, 2022
7:00 pm
Admission: $10. EHC Members Free.
Registration Required. Click here to register.

Join us for a virtual presentation by Scott Mehaffey, Executive Director at Edith Farnsworth House National Historic Site in Plano, Illinois. Mehaffey will discuss the history and current status of the renowned International Style house. The historical house was commissioned by Edith Farnsworth, a prominent Chicago medical doctor, musician, and poet. The house, a one-room weekend retreat, was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe between 1945 and 1951. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006. Today, the house is owned and operated as a house museum by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In the fall of 2021, the house, which was previously known as the Farnsworth House, was given a new name: the Edith Farnsworth House, a change designed to refocus the house’s history to fully embrace Edith Farnsworth’s life and legacy.

Scott Mehaffey has a 30-year career history of public- and private-sector leadership focused in the Chicago area. Former positions with The Morton Arboretum and the City of Chicago have included historic site management, strategic planning and development, and community outreach and programming. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology, also designed by Mies van der Rohe, where he teaches graduate level courses in Modernism and the Prairie School. Most recently, Scott headed his own landscape architecture firm based in Flossmoor, Ill., and led efforts to revitalize the historic commercial district in Princeton, Ill. He holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Dominican University. He has been active in the fields of cultural landscape preservation and architectural history, and is a frequent speaker, writer and tour guide on these subjects. He has also held leadership positions with the American Public Gardens Association and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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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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