Self-Guided Walking Tours

Heading out for a walk? Stop by the Evanston History Center to pick up a historic walking tour to go on. Maps are located on the side porch, inside the door. You can also download a PDF to print at home or to use it on your mobile device.

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

Sesquicentennial of a Storied Evanston Block

One hundred fifty years ago, in 1868, platting of undeveloped land in Evanston reached the lake’s edge east of the town center and south of Northwestern University. Settlement had been occurring further west, along Ridge Avenue from Chicago into southern Evanston, near the railroad station at Davis Street, and close by the Northwestern campus. In … Read more

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