Although the Evanston History Center does not endorse any of the sites listed below, the following services may be of interest.

Evanston Related

Frances Willard House

A woman who influenced the history of reform and helped transform the role of women in the nineteenth-century America. The Frances Willard Historical Association is a private, non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of Rest Cottage and to the interpretation of Frances Willard and the history of the WCTU.

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

The only museum in the Chicago-area that focuses exclusively on the history, culture and arts of North American native peoples.


Located in Evanston, it is the only historical organization that exclusively collects, preserves and educates the public about Black history on Chicago’s north shore.  Covering communities in Evanston north to Lake Forest.  It produces traveling exhibits, offers lectures and workshops for students, and publishes a quarterly Shorefront Journal.

Other Area History Organizations

Chicago History Museum

A privately endowed, independent institution devoted to collecting, interpreting, and presenting the rich multicultural history of Chicago and Illinois, as well as selected areas of American history, to the public through exhibitions, programs, research collections, and publications.

Glessner House

Located in Chicago, it is a house designed by Henry Hobson Richardson. Carefully restored, it now also houses a decorative arts collection and offers a variety of programming

Jane Addams Hull House Museum

A historic site and memorial to Jane Addams, her innovative settlement house programs and associates, and the neighborhood they served.

The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest

Located on the second floor of the fabulous Historic Pleasant Home in Mills Park. On your visit you can tour this National Historic Landmark, and visit the History Center Museum and Research Center. We are at 217 Home Avenue, at the corner of Pleasant and Home Streets in Oak Park, with convenient free street parking on the side and in front.

Other Related Sites of Interest

Descendants of William Dawes, Who Rode, Association

The Descendants of William Dawes, Who Rode, Association facilitates connections among descendants of William Dawes.

Heritage Preservation Services

National Park Service, helps our nation’s citizens and communities identify, evaluate, protect and preserve historic properties for future generations of Americans. Learn how and why National Historic Landmarks are designated landmark. Locate landmarks and learn more about their designation.

Historical and Geneaological Societies of the United States

This site allows you to search for societies by city or state. It includes other helpful resources as well.

Illinois State Historical Society

An institution that, “was founded in 1899 to support the Illinois State Historical Library and to encourage research and writing on subjects of Illinois history. Through various programs and events, The Illinois State History Center seeks to foster the awareness and promotion of Illinois history.”

Property Tax Assessment Freeze

Rehabilitating your older home is rewarding in many ways, and with the Property Tax Assessment Freeze homeowners may be eligible for financial incentives that make the work even more attractive. The Property Tax Assessment Freeze Program provides tax incentives to owner-occupants of certified historic residences who rehabilitate their homes. Through the Property Tax Assessment Freeze Program, the assessed valuation of the historic property is frozen for eight years at its level the year rehabilitation began.