Double Prairie House on Ridge

This article was published on June 20, 2022 on the Evanston Roundtable, one of our series “Evanston Dimensions | Ask the historians” by Kris Hartzell and Jenny Thompson, PhD                          1313 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, June 2022. The year 2022 marks the 125th anniversary of the house’s construction. The house was converted into a single family … Read more

Placemaking: ASPA History in Evanston

Building an Evanston Archive: A Placemaking Project “This project is about increasing the visibility and representation of Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islanders in our community in an effort to shift society’s collective consciousness towards a more empathetic and antiracist view of people working towards equity and justice.  Most importantly it is about creating a … Read more

Digital Submissions Terms and Conditions

Digital Submissions Terms and Conditions You are being asked to contribute your recollections, photographic images, or other content to the Evanston History Center, which is creating an archive and digital record of the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic.  You may only submit material created entirely by you and not copied from or based, in whole or in … 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

Great-Great-Grandson of Liberty: Charles Gates Dawes Attends Patriots’ Day, 1925

Written by Jacob Slutsky, EHC Intern. As a collections intern at the Evanston History Center I have had the privilege of working over the last few months with the records of the Dawes Family Collection. I would like to call attention to two artifacts that center around Charles Gates Dawes’s visit to Boston for Patriots’ … Read more

A Visit to Washington, D.C.

We are pleased to share EHC Docent Matthew Marchione’s blog of his recent trip to Washington, D.C.. Matt brought along his years of experience interpreting the Dawes House for our guests, combined with his training in historic preservation – and his camera – to give us a virtual tour of many of the wonderful historic … Read more

National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites

Lori Osborne is the Archivist at the Evanston History Center and Director of the Evanston Women’s History Project. This post was originally written on the Evanston Women’s History Project website . The Evanston Women’s History Project, located in the Evanston History Center, is pleased to announce a new partnership with the National Collaborative for Women’s History … Read more

Our new heating (and cooling) system is live!

Eden Juron Pearlman is the Executive Director of the Evanston History Center. In her spare time she traverses small mountains of snow on her walk to work, shovels snow and drives her kids to school because it is too cold to walk. Isn’t this just the craziest winter? I have lived in the Chicago area … Read more

December 29, 1863

For several years now, we’ve been planning the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of Evanston as a town on December 29, 1863. We’ve held a brainstorming process called Evanston150, resulting in ten big ideas for Evanston’s future, and planned a celebratory year that has included multiple anniversary events and the collection of more than a … Read more

Week 8

The new landscaping of the grounds is nearly complete. Grass seed has been planted and straw mulch is covering the seeds and earth. Six new trees have been planted, five on the lawn. One is next to the terrace, replacing the old burr oak that went down in a storm a few years ago. We … Read more