Tokens of the Shore

Tokens of the Shore Janet Messmer, Costume Curator, Evanston History Center As summer is drawing towards its close, you may be thinking about the fun in the sand you and your family have experienced using your Evanston Beach Tokens. These tokens began to be used in 1931,only on some of the beaches. There were free … Read more

Oral History Digitization Project at EHC Now Complete

Oral History Digitization Project at EHC Now Complete Lori Osborne, Director of Archives & Outreach, Evanston History Center The Evanston History Center (EHC) began collecting oral history interviews in the 1970s and all of the interviews were recorded on cassette tapes. Over the years these early interviews were added to and the collection now numbers … Read more

Eliza Wright West (1839-1933) Uncovering a Remarkable Life

Eliza Wright West (1839-1933) Uncovering a Remarkable Life Jenny Thompson, Director of Education, Evanston History Center In 1925, as Charles Dawes took office as U.S. Vice President, the American press’ longstanding interest in all the details of his life continued, often resulting in stories that unearthed fascinating connections between the Dawes family and the larger … Read more

Help Preserve Evanston History!

Eden Juron Pearlman is the Executive Director of the Evanston History Center. In her spare time she volunteers for Evanston Swims!, a partnership between YWCA Evanston/North Shore, McGaw YMCA, and District 65 to provide second-grade children in Evanston with free water safety instruction and swim lessons. The Evanston History Center is entering the 21st century … Read more

The Sudbury Connection

The Sudbury Connection Written by Jacob Slutsky, EHC Intern. “Thus from Sudbury stock descended one of America’s leading citizens, a man who has made his mark in the world, and who is striving strenuously for world peace.” – “U.S. Ambassador’s Visit to Ancestral Home Town,” East Anglia Daily Times, October 2, 1929. It’s no secret around … Read more

August 19, 1924: “Dawes Day” in Evanston

Tuesday, August 19, 1924 was “Dawes Day,” a day when Evanston became “the center of the United States for one evening.” On the grounds of the Dawes House at 225 Greenwood, 30,000 people gathered for the official “notification ceremonies” during which Charles Gates Dawes formally accepted the nomination for vice president by the Republican party … Read more

“We Shall Take No Golf Clubs”: Charles Gates Dawes and the Dominican Mission, 1929

“We Shall Take No Golf Clubs”: Charles Gates Dawes and the Dominican Mission, 1929 Written by Jacob Slutsky, EHC Intern. As I have continued my work researching unlabeled items in the Evanston History Center’s artifact collection, I came across a curious artifact from 1929. Primarily made of fine wood in a square, almost book-like shape, … Read more

Charles Gates Dawes: A Reexamination of an American Citizen

“I’m through talking,” Charles Gates Dawes (1865-1951) once told reporters upon returning home from his stint as Budget Director in the Harding administration in 1922.  Many times throughout his career Dawes said he wished to “be silent in private life, having ‘talked plenty’ in office,” [1] only to reemerge on the public stage in an ever more … Read more