EHC’s Online Gift Shop

Here you will find links to the books published by the Evanston History Center Press. Our books are available on a number of retail sites. We’ve linked them to our central printing location, Lulu.com. Books ordered online are shipped directly to you from Lulu.com

All proceeds from book sales benefit the Evanston History Center, a non-profit organization. Questions? Contact: Jenny Thompson, Director of Education, jthompson@evanstonhistorycenter.org


New in 2019!

The Takeover 1968: Student Protest, Campus Politics, and Black Student Activism at Northwestern University

by Jenny Thompson, Director of Education, Evanston History Center

Purchase The Takeover 1968

$20 plus shipping. Published by the Evanston History Center Press. (506 pages, Illus.)

On May 3, 1968, a group of Black students at Northwestern University made headlines when they occupied the university’s main financial building and announced that they would not leave until their demands were met. Their demands, submitted to university officials in April 1968, focused on a range of issues, from campus conditions to the racism they faced at Northwestern. Over the course of two momentous days, the whole world watched as events on the campus unfolded. Drawing from archival sources and interviews with some of the takeover’s key players, the book pieces together the events of May 1968 as they unfolded; it also takes a broader view, stepping back from those two crucial days to examine what led to the takeover and what transpired in its aftermath.

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A Journal of the Great War

by Charles Gates Dawes

New Edition, 2016. $20 plus shipping. Published by Evanston History Center Press/Available on Lulu.com

Purchase A Journal of the Great War

A new critical edition of Charles Gates Dawes’ A Journal of The Great War, edited by Jenny Thompson, with two new essays that explore the broader story of Dawes’ war experience. First published in 1921, A Journal of the Great War provides a fascinating glimpse into the challenges faced by the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) during the United States’ 18-month involvement in World War I. During the war, Dawes served as General Purchasing Agent for the AEF and also as confidant to General Pershing. His journal, written while he was stationed in France from August 1917 to July 1919, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the power struggles and political maneuvering that took place among American and European political and military leaders as they sought to fight the war as an allied force. Part document of life in wartime France, part war diary, and part mentation on the means of exercising power, Dawes’ journal is a unique contribution to the literature of World War I. Includes photographs.



Evanston: A Tour Through the City’s History, (2013 Edition)

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Published by Evanston History Center Press. 217 pages, Illus.

Purchase Evanston: A Tour Through the City’s History

Local historian Margery Blair Perkins (1907-1981) provides a detailed narrative charting the growth and development of the North Shore city of Evanston, Illinois, a place boasting a rich and multi-layered history. Perkins brings the citys past to life through stories of its residents, architecture, and growth over the years. She charts the development of the city from its earliest days when it was known as the settlement of Grosse Pointe and later Ridgeville to its modern manifestation as a bustling city just outside of Chicago. Within a larger historical narrative, Perkins provides biographies of noted residents as she documents the evolution of the city’s organizations, cultural life and institutions, such as Northwestern University.

A Life of a Famous House

Purchase A Life of a Famous House  $10 plus shipping. Published by Evanston History Center Press. 44 pages, Illus.

A brief, illustrated look at the National Historic Landmark, Charles Gates Dawes House in Evanston, Il. The booklet tells the story of the famous home of U.S. Vice President, Charles Gates Dawes and family. Originally built by the Reverend Robert Sheppard, a notable Evanston resident, pastor, and professor at Northwestern University, the house is now the headquarters of the Evanston History Center, a non-profit organization.


Charles Gates Dawes: A Life  (2016)

by Annette B. Dunlap

Purchase Charles Gates Dawes: A Life

$40 (cloth)/ $24.95 (paper). Published by Northwestern University Press and the Evanston History Center

Charles Gates Dawes: A Life is the first comprehensive biography of an American in whose fascinating story contemporary readers can follow the struggles and triumphs of early twentieth-century America and Europe.

Dawes is most known today as vice president of the United States under Calvin Coolidge, but he also distinguished himself and his hometown of Evanston, Illinois, on the world stage with the 1925 Nobel Peace Prize. This engrossing biography traces how, when the punitive armistice that ended the First World War resulted in a disabled, restive Germany, Dawes’s diplomatic legerdemain averted war through a renegotiation of Germany’s debt repayments.

Dawes’s diplomatic and political achievements, however, were only the illustrious capstones to a multifaceted career that included military service, law, finance, and business on the local, state, national, and global stages. In every arena of his life, he combined the social graces of the Gilded Age with the spirit of service of the Progressive Era.

Despite his life of disciplined service, Dawes was an ebullient and irrepressible figure. Dawes’s salty language was often colorful fodder for tabloid and magazine writers of his era. In this captivating biography, Annette B. Dunlap recounts the story of an original American who enlightened and enlivened his world.

About the Author

ANNETTE B. DUNLAP is the author of Frank: The Story of Frances Folsom Cleveland, America’s Youngest First Lady and The Gambler’s Daughter: A Personal and Social History.