New Tour Starts this Month! Front Stairs, Back Stairs: Stories of the Dawes House Staff

Erin FH Hughes is the Curator of Collections. Erin is originally from Madison, WI. She attended the University of Wisconsin and is very proud to be a Badger.  When visitors come to the Dawes house, the first thing most say is, “Wow! Who lived here? This house is beautiful.” While in the past they were … Read more

War Defines our Region

Lori Osborne is the Archivist at the Evanston History Center. This is the third in a series of articles on very early Evanston history, from millions of years ago to Evanston’s earliest settlers. For more than 100 years our region was contested ground, due to the wars between the French and British empires over control … Read more

Indian Life and the Arrival of French Explorers

Lori Osborne is the Archivist at the Evanston History Center. This is the second in a series of articles on very early Evanston history, from millions of years ago to Evanston’s earliest settlers. The people we now call Native Americans or Indians had a presence in northern Illinois from about 1600 AD. Different tribal groups … Read more

Happy 150th Birthday Evanston!

Evanston’s 150th anniversary year is here and the Evanston History Center is excited! The EHC staff and board have been closely connected to planning for the anniversary from the beginning. Several EHC staff members have served for the last few years on the Steering Committee of Evanston150, a community-wide initiative whose mission is to engage … Read more

Early Evanston: A View of an Ancient Landscape

Lori Osborne is the Archivist at the Evanston History Center. Over the next couple months, she’ll be publishing a series of articles on very early Evanston history, from millions of years ago to Evanston’s earliest settlers. Our view of Evanston before history was recorded is limited by the layers of human civilization that have altered … Read more

A Visit to our Nation’s Capitol: Women’s History in Action

By Lori Osborne. Osborne is the Archivist at the Evanston History Center and Director of the Evanston Women’s History Project. Additionally, she recently joined the board of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites. In early December, I had the distinct pleasure of being invited to participate in a workshop held in Washington D.C. to … Read more

EVANSTON1863: GIVING THANKS FOR THE GENTLEMAN PIONEER

Matthew Zellner is an archival intern and a student at Northwestern University studying Radio/Television/Film. In honor of Evanston’s upcoming sesquicentennial, he’ll be publishing a series of articles on life in Evanston during its first incorporated year, 1863, as well as some other topics he thinks are particularly interesting. Ask questions and join the conversation by … Read more

The Making of our Annual Appeal

Jan Halperin has been Director of Development at the Evanston History Center since 2010. She received her degree in history from the University of Wisconsin (Go Badgers!) and has worked in fundraising for a long time, most recently in higher education for American Friends of Hebrew University and Indiana University.  Her desktop mascot is a David DeJesus bobblehead … Read more

It Takes a Village … to Raise (and Maintain) a Building

Erin Hvizdak is an intern at the Evanston History Center and is getting her Masters in Women’s and Gender Studies at Loyola. She holds a Masters in Library Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. If you visit the Evanston History Center you may see Erin helping in the archives, or giving tours. In the … Read more

Welcome to the Official Blog of the Evanston History Center

Erin FH Hughes is the Curator of Collections and our Social Media expert.  She spends a lot of her time making sure the collection is properly cared for while using our artifacts to educate the public.  She believes, “social media is a great way to bring interesting bits of history to the general public and … Read more