Join us for a virtual presentation by Brian McCammack, author of the award-winning Landscapes of Hope: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago.
Join us on Thursday, January 13, 2022 from Noon – 1pm for a special pre-Martin Luther King Jr. Day event as we host Northwestern University professor Kate Masur to discuss her recent book, “Until Justice Be Done: America’s First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction.”
Celebrate the season with Evanston History Center’s Holiday Lights and Architecture Walking Tours! The tours will feature holiday lights, decorations, and architectural highlights of the Dawes House neighborhood. Kris Hartzell and Eden Juron Pearlman will lead the tours. Get your tickets today, tours are selling out!
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Beaches today are widely viewed as sites of recreation, relaxing places where land meets sea. But the history of these sites is nothing if not natural. Evanston’s lakefront has undergone both physical and symbolic changes over the years, from being viewed as fraught with peril for ships and bathers alike to being seen as communal recreation areas for beach goers looking for some fun in the sun.
Click to read more about Evanston’s shoreline!
This event has been postponed until further notice. Looking forward to seeing you in person again soon!
Opening July 10, 2021 – Diorama-Rama!
In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the invention of the diorama, the Evanston History Center will showcase the historic dioramas in our collection.
The exhibit combines dioramas with related media such as building models and art, including a beautifully woven tapestry panorama of Evanston.
The Evanston History Center offers lively docent-led walking tours of Evanston neighborhoods, downtown, and the lakefront. The tours provide fun and fascinating insights into the history of Evanston, its architecture, and the cultural landscape.
With the arrival of spring, we are pleased to offer a new self-guided Evanston neighborhood tour. The tour uncovers the many stories of the north section of Ridge Avenue, from Emerson to Central Street. Click to learn more and buy a copy of the .pdf to enjoy this self-guided tour.