Events

Click to make a reservation for upcoming events.
More info on each event is below.

Upcoming Events

Under the Buffalo Lecture
Series: Winter 2020


“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!
Reservations Recommended: Make a Reservation Here.

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!
Reservations Recommended: Make a Reservation Here.

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!


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.

Exhibit Opening – Save the Date
On March 8, 2020, for International Women’s Day, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, the Evanston History Center will hold an exhibit opening for Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote.

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

Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote shares the story of the critical role that Evanston women like Frances Willard, Elizabeth Boynton Harbert, and Catharine Waugh McCulloch, and many others played in local, state, and national women’s suffrage movements. The exhibit will explore the tactics and strategies that suffragists used through the use of original artifacts, archival materials, costumes, and photographs from the EHC collection.

Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote will be up through December of 2020. The exhibit will be open on Thursday – Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Regular admission is $10, free for children 10 and under.

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.

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