Click on links below to see more info about each event.

Spencer Jourdain in conversation with Dino Robinson
October 6, 2020, 6:30-7:30 pm
Registration coming soon
“Evanston Women & the Fight for the Vote” A presentation by Lori Osborne
October 27, 2020
Registration coming soon
Year of Suffrage
45th Annual Mother’s Day House “Walk-By”
Evanston COVID-19 Pandemic Archive

Under the Buffalo Lecture Series
Goes Virtual!

Fall 2020

Spencer Jourdain in conversation with Dino Robinson

A Virtual Event
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Admission: Free! Registration coming soon.

Join us for a conversation with Spencer Jourdain author of the four-volume book series, The Dream Dancers, which recounts the experiences of his family, the Jourdain family, in their long struggle to achieve freedom and equality for Americans of color. Jourdain is the son of Edwin B Jourdain Jr. Evanston’s first Black city council member. Dino Robinson, founder and executive director of Shorefront Legacy Center, will be in conversation with Jourdain as they discuss the remarkable achievements and struggles of the Jourdain family.

Registration coming soon.

Copies of the Dream Dancers can be purchased here.

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“Evanston Women & the Fight for the Vote” A presentation by Lori Osborne

A Virtual Event
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Admission: Free! Registration coming soon.

August 2020 marked the centennial of the ratifcation 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 is currently on view at the Evanston History Center.

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Year of Suffrage! Women’s Vote 100 Evanston

Women’s Vote 100 Evanston, a community partner group, is pleased to announce a series of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in August of 2020.

Evanston women were integral to the local, state, and national women’s suffrage movements. Recognizing that voting restrictions existed long after the 19th Amendment was passed – and still exist today – we commemorate this significant milestone in women’s history remembering that a central and ongoing question in democratic societies is -Who is a Citizen? We tell the story of the long struggle for women’s right to vote to promote understanding of the importance of citizenship and the struggle that women endured to attain it.

On view: Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote exhibit at Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street. More here.
September 17, 6-8 pm: Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers Book Launch with Martha S. Jones. Hosted by FWHM, NU History Dept, Hull-House Museum – online. More here.
October 27, 7 pm: Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote – Curator Lori Osborne will give a talk based on her research for the exhibit. Hosted by EHC and EWHP. More here.

Women’s Vote 100 Evanston is led by the Evanston Women’s History Project at the Evanston History Center and includes: the City of Evanston; Downtown Evanston; the Evanston Community Foundation; Evanston Made; the Evanston Public Library; the Frances Willard House Museum; the League of Women Voters of Evanston; North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau; Northwestern University; Shorefront Legacy Center; the Woman’s Club of Evanston; the YWCA Evanston/North Shore.

There are lots of great upcoming events, may are virtual! Please click here to visit the Evanston Women’s History Project site to view all the events!

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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, 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.  

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. During the writing and publishing process, we did a lot of research on how to market a book and so we have a lot of exciting plans to promote this fantastic new piece of work. 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.

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!

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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!

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